St Kevin’s principal orders checks on all private tutors

John Crowley (ABC News/Ron Ekkel)

Parents of St Kevin’s College students have been warned they must check with the Melbourne Catholic school’s new child safety officer before engaging a private tutor to help with their sons’ learning. Source: The Age.

By Adam Carey, The Age

New acting principal John Crowley wrote to parents of the Toorak school on Monday night, telling them it was the college’s expectation parents would “conduct a rigorous pre-engagement child-safety check on every person to be engaged in private tutoring”.

“It is important that parents have robust assessments in place so they engage only the most suitable people as tutors and avoid engaging unsuitable people to work with children,” Mr Crowley wrote.

The directive was issued on the same day that Mr Crowley publicly vowed to make child safety his highest priority at St Kevin’s College and a week after Four Corners aired damaging revelations about the school’s botched handling of a child grooming case involving a volunteer coach and a year 9 student.

Mr Crowley said he was aware that some parents hired former members of staff or professionals within the community as private tutors.

From now on parents at the school must contact the college’s new child safety officer, James Daly, before engaging any tutor, he said.

“This process is consistent with maintaining the highest standards around child safety in our community,” Mr Crowley wrote.

Mr Daly was appointed interim child safety officer on Thursday, one of many staff changes at the school last week.

But the tone of the note has irritated some parents. One parent said he had received several text messages complaining of the “overbearing” tone and objecting to the use of the words “expectation” and “must”.

“How about ‘recommend’, or ‘strongly encourage’?” the parent said. “He can’t tell us what to do in our own time, with our own money.”

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St Kevin’s principal warns parents against ‘unsuitable’ private tutors (The Age)

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