Navigating the Grey Area on Professional Boundaries

Without clear boundaries, there's a risk of blurred lines between personal and professional relationships, which can lead to conflicts of interest, breaches of trust, and even legal liabilities. Don’t turn a blind eye to inappropriate behaviours, and risk jeopardising the safety and well-being of your students and colleagues. Unpack your obligations around mandatory reporting, equipping you with the tools to navigate this nuanced landscape with confidence and clarity.

Wednesday, 18 September 2024
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $112.00

Teachers attending earn 1 Professional Development Hour (NSW, VIC) / CPD Point (QLD, WA, SA)
Lawyers attending earn 1 CPD unit in Substantive Law

This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories


Henry Grossek, Principal, Berwick Lodge Primary School

1.00pm to 2.00pm Navigating the Grey Area on Professional Boundaries

Delve into the intricate web of ethical dilemmas and legal obligations facing educators today and explore the delicate balance between professional conduct and personal interaction as you consider:

  • Crossing professional boundaries
  • Relationships with colleagues
  • Duty of care issues
  • Use of alcohol and drugs at school
  • Ethics and mandatory reporting 

Presented by Stephen Hughes, Special Counsel, Travis Schultz & Partners; Accredited Specialist in Personal Injury


Stephen Hughes, Special Counsel, Travis Schultz & Partners
Stephen Hughes, a QLS accredited specialist, is a workplace relations and personal injuries lawyer with over 30 years' experience. Stephen's practice to date has a substantial litigation focus in State and Federal courts and Commissions. Stephen is regularly invited to speak and chair at numerous specialist conferences on work health and safety, employment law, discrimination, bullying, harassment, social media and personal injuries law. Since 1993, Stephen has been the Honorary Solicitor and an ex officio Board Member for the Australian Society of Rehabilitation Counsellors Inc. In 2021 Stephen was awarded an ASORC Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his many decades of service.

Henry Grossek, Principal, BerwickLodge Primary School
Henry Grossek is the founding principal of Berwick Lodge Primary School, having opened the school in 1990. During his 50-year career with the Victorian Department of Education he has taught in both metropolitan and regional schools and has been a principal for the past 34 years. Henry has also tutored post graduate students at Deakin University in Master of Educational Administration programs. During his career in teaching, he has served on various educational bodies including Regional Boards of Education, chairing several Standing Committees. Under Henry's leadership, Berwick Lodge P.S in 2001 became the first and only government school in Australia to receive ISO 9001 Certification. Henry is the author of 'Game On: Building the Education Revolution', has a regular educational column, 'Grossek's View' in Themes Education magazine, hosts a popular podcast, Viewpoints and weekly current affairs program, 'Viewpoints' on Casey Radio 97.7FM.

This seminar is part of a series

School Law: Drugs, Data Breaches, Medical Conditions, Hazards & Boundaries

Is your school teetering on the brink of legal disaster? Confront the truths of non-compliance of legal requirements in the education environment head on with this 5-part series. From overlooked duty of care obligations to privacy violations to problems with drugs and weapons; ensure you’re across the vulnerabilities and liabilities that risk jeopardising your school. Ensure your school can withstand the next legal horror story to emerge and seize this opportunity for legal resilience.


Teachers attending the entire series earn 5 Professional Development Hours (NSW, VIC) / CPD Points (QLD, WA, SA)
Lawyers attending the entire series earn 5 CPD units in Substantive Law

This program is applicable to practitioners from all States & Territories

If you register for the full series as a live online product after the date of an individual session, you will be sent the recording for the sessions that have passed. Alternatively, you can register for individual sessions by following the links below.


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Navigating the Grey Area on Professional Boundaries


Single Session
Wednesday, 18 September 2024
1.00pm to 2.00pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 1
Early Bird Discount ends 2 Aug 2024 $112.00
Online 20240722 20240918


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