Navigating Harmful Sexualised Behaviours and Allegations Between Students

Following on from Chanel Contos’ Teach Us Consent campaign and consent education being made mandatory in schools across Australia, schools are under the microscope when it comes to their response to allegations of harmful sexual behaviours. Demanding a nuanced understanding of culture, power dynamics, and legal frameworks, gain insight into how your school can navigate these sensitive issues with empathy, integrity, and legal clarity. 

Wednesday, 3 July 2024

Craig Petersen, President, NSW Secondary Principals’ Council Inc

1.00pm to 2.00pm Navigating Harmful Sexualised Behaviours and Allegations Between Students


  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: findings and recommendations
  • Department guidelines: what staff need to know and what staff need to do
  • A look at some case studies: how the law responds

Presented by Katrina Stouppos, Senior Associate, Shine Lawyers 


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


Mr Craig Petersen, President, NSW Secondary Principal's Council
Craig Petersen is President of the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council, the professional association representing approximately 500 principals of NSW Government Schools with secondary enrolments. Craig is the Principal of Denison College of Secondary Education, a multi-campus secondary college in the regional centre of Bathurst. He was previously Principal, Forbes High School. Under his leadership, both schools have been recipients of multiple awards, including the prestigious Director-General’s and Secretary’s Awards for School Achievement. Craig served on the Board of the NSW Education Standards Authority from 2017-19 and chaired the NESA Research and Technical Advisory Committee. Craig has delivered presentations at major conferences, including the Secondary Principals’ Council Annual Conference (Bathurst, Australia, 2014), Alberta Rural Education Symposium (Alberta, Canada, 2014), the International Confederation of Principals’ Conference (Helsinki, Finland, 2015, Capetown, South Africa, 2017 and Shanghai, China, 2019), NSW Rural & Remote Education Conference (Bathurst, Australia, 2016), Ignite the Spark Fuel the Fire: Leading Differentiation (Sydney, Australia, 2016), Rural and Remote School Excellence Journey (2018) and NSW English Teachers’ Association “Perspectives on Writing: From Theory to Practice” (2021). In 2014, Craig received both the Department of Education Educational Leadership Fellowship, and the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council’s Academy Research Fellowship to support his research into improving outcomes for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Katrina Stouppos, Senior Associate, Shine Lawyers
Katrina is a Senior Associate with extensive experience in niche areas of compensation law who since 2017 has been helping clients to secure the acknowledgement, justice and compensation they deserve. Katrina’s primary focus is abuse law claims, where she empowers survivors of abuse to understand their rights and navigate the complex legal system. In addition to Abuse Law, Katrina is also experienced in Commonwealth Compensation Law – a complex and highly technical legal area. With only a small group of dedicated Commonwealth Compensation lawyers across Australia, Katrina has forged strong relationships with key national stakeholders which has enabled her to obtain the best outcomes for her clients. Katrina has substantial litigation experience in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and some Federal Court work.

This seminar is part of a series

School Law: Disability, Sports, LGBTIQ+, Sexual Misconduct and Enrolment Contracts

With a crackdown on school sporting injuries, increasing pressure to prevent student on student sexual assault, recent recommendations from the Disability Royal Commission, a changing approach to LGBTIQIA+ students and an influx of enrolment contract disputes, don’t miss your chance to get across a diverse range of legal challenges affecting Australian schools in this unique series tailor made for educators. Get the insights and strategies needed to remain vigilant in a changing education system.


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 Harmful Sexualised Behaviours and Allegations Between Students


Single Session
Wednesday, 03 July 2024
1.00pm to 2.00pm Australia/Sydney
CPD Points 1
Online 20240722 20240703


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