I continue to wonder why this continues to be exposed n Australia, and somehow New Zealand seems immune.
A Catholic principal encouraged a parent to let the school deal with child sex abuse complaints against a teacher rather than police, an inquiry has heard.
The father, known as KQ, says his daughter, known as KA, told him she had been touched on her breast by her teacher at a Queensland primary school in September 2007.
KQ has told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse that he had immediately called the principal to report the allegations.
A few days later KQ and his daughter had a meeting at the school with the principal and a student protection officer.KQ says they told him there were two ways to deal with his daughter’s complaint – to treat it as an informal complaint and for the school to handle it internally, or make a formal complaint in writing and call in child protection officers and police.
KQ told the inquiry he was unsure how serious the complaint against the teacher was, and that the principal gave him the impression it would be easier to deal with informally.
“I expected the school would look after things,” KQ told the inquiry, which is sitting in Brisbane.
“I did not know they had a duty to tell police.
The Catholic Church Â may have a standing order for brushing sexual abuse under the carpet, but being teachers, additional laws come into play. Â Read more »