How exactly are children better protected having registered teachers?

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Registering teachers is supposed to protect the kids, right?

Two in one week:

Two men working at separate primary schools have been granted sweeping name suppression by the courts after being arrested for sex attacks on children.

The veil of secrecy granted has drawn criticism from a victims’ advocate who says such suppression orders hinder uncovering the extent of potential offending by sex predators.

In the latest cases a man employed by a primary school appeared in a district court last month facing charges of assaulting a child under the age of 12. He has not yet pleaded to the charges.

The Sunday Star-Times cannot name him or even specify the charges he faces nor name the school where he worked or what job he did at the school – this is despite the child he attacked not being a student at that school.

There is absolutely no proof that the teacher registration process results in a higher standard of teachers, nor does it protect our vulnerable children from the predators that are attracted to teaching for all the wrong reasons.

In fact, there is nothing in the teacher training or registration process that tries to identify and block these sexual predators from entering the profession.

And when they do, and get caught, they don’t get thrown out with their name and photo in the paper.  Instead there is a veil of secrecy and covering up.

At what cost to protect the existing victims if it means it will lead to more in the future?

Last August, the Teachers Council revealed it has a secret list of “high risk”, potentially predatory teachers, which is hidden from schools and parents.

These teachers show up as clean in formal police checks and on the public teachers’ register, despite serious concerns about them.

Council head Peter Lind said police raise these flags with the council when they have serious concerns about a teacher but have not been able to prosecute them.

Parents, and principals looking to hire the teacher, have no way of knowing about these concerns, because no note is made on the public register.

How can we imagine ourselves a decent society when we allow this?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.