Hills Parramatta Annual Afternoon Tea Forum

Wednesday 12th September 2018

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The topic of our Annual Afternoon Tea Forum is ‘We must not fail our children: considering necessary and lasting change in the teaching profession following the Royal Commission’.

The Forum picks up on the final paragraphs of the Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which invokes a resolve by the entire community to acknowledge the failures of the past and ensure they are not repeated. At the Forum, three speakers will contribute different perspectives with regard to the contribution of teachers to the right of all our school students to a safe and happy childhood.

The forum will be chaired by ACE College Medallist Dr Dorothy Hoddinott AO, FACE.

Ticket cost includes afternoon tea.

Expert Panellists

Janet Schorer

Janet Schorer is the NSW Children’s Guardian. She has a background in paediatrics, social policy and public administration including as Director of the Office of the Chief Executive in the Department of Family and Community Services. The safety of children and young people is at the heart of her work as NSW Children’s Guardian.

Jane Thorpe

Jane Thorpe has been Executive Director, Employee Performance and Conduct Directorate (EPAC) for the NSW Department of Education for 16 years. She heads up a directorate of 60 legal and investigative officers who investigate and respond to allegations of misconduct, including reportable conduct, against employees. Her Directorate has policy ownership for the Department’s Public Interest Disclosure policy.

Robert Algie

Robert Algie is a litigation lawyer and Partner in the Compensation Law Team with Carroll & O’Dea Lawyers, based in the firm’s highly successful Western Sydney headquarters in Parramatta and Campbelltown. Robert is a member of the Law Advisory Board for Notre Dame University. Robert’s areas of practice include Public Inquiries and Royal Commissions.

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