Keeping children safe
Yesterday, 3 October 2015, the Illawarra Mercury reported that a former employee of Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) had appeared at the NSW Port Kembla Local Court facing criminal charges.
Aspect South Coast School Principal, Mr Bruce Rowles, confirmed that the person named in the article had worked as a teachers’ aide at the school. Mr Rowles also verified that the person had been stood down in April this year, immediately after Aspect was notified by authorities of allegations against this person.
After being stood down, the person did not return to Aspect and is no longer employed by the organisation because of a bar that was later placed on the person’s Working With Children Check.
At the time the person had been employed by Aspect, the person’s Working With Children Check was cleared.
Dr Trevor Clark, Aspect’s National Director for Education said, “We will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation by the relevant authorities and carry out our own procedures to minimise the risk of harm to any of the children and young people in our care.”
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Formed in 1966, Autism Spectrum Australia (Aspect) is Australia’s largest not-for-profit provider of services working with people on the autism spectrum and their families. Aspect delivers evidence-informed services and support including diagnostic assessments, early intervention programs, the world’s largest network of autism-specific schools and satellite classes, positive behaviour support, educational outreach, programs with adults, a parent support network, family and information services, and parent education and professional development workshops. We reach almost 13,000 people on the autism spectrum and their families each year and employ around 1000 staff. Read more at www.autismspectrum.org.au
The safety, protection and wellbeing of the people we work with is of fundamental importance to Aspect. We develop, implement and continuously review organisational policies and procedures within the legislative frameworks of all jurisdictions in which we work. We are committed to ensuring that risks of harm are mitigated. This position is reinforced in practice within all of our schools and services, and through the training of our staff.
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