State Govt announces new protocols for school-age sex offenders

State Govt announces new protocols for school-age sex offenders

THE STATE Government has announced new protocols to protect children against school-aged sex offenders.

The formal protocols will allow agencies such as the WA Police Force and the departments of Education, Communities and Justice to work together to protect all students.

Education Minister Sue Ellery said in the result of allegations being made, WA Police and other agencies would meet to discuss the risk factors of the alleged sex offender attending the school and options to temporarily or permanently remove them, while continuing their education.

She said the new protocols came after a number of confronting allegations.

“This new process brings all four agencies to the table,” she said.

“Matters such as charges, sentencing and bail conditions are determined by police and the courts, while education authorities – public and private – have a responsibility to provide safe learning environments for students and staff.

“I’m please there has been a great willingness between all four agencies to co-operate and share information in the best interests of all students and staff.”

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