CHILD PROTECTION —
CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE — SCHOOLS
399. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Minister for Education and
I refer to the minister's
response to question without notice 354, which informed the house that the
Department of Education has the responsibility for determining whether a young
person charged with harmful sexual behaviours can return to school, and that ''assessments
are made based on what is best for the school community and the individual
(1) Is the
minister aware that the multiagency protocols for education options for young
people charged with harmful sexual behaviours states that there is no actual
predictor tool to assess young people and their risk of reoffending?
(2) What set of
criteria is used to determine whether allowing a sex offender to remain at
school is in the best interests of that school community?
I thank the honourable member for
some notice of this question.
(1) Yes, I am.
(2) Rather than using a set of criteria, young people
in this situation are assessed as individuals on a case-by-case basis. The determination as to whether a young
person charged with harmful sexual behaviours can remain at school
involves identifying the potential risks associated in the context of the
school environment and the restrictions/conditions to be adhered to as outlined
in the bail conditions.