Record keeping in schools is a veritable minefield, David Griffiths, Managing Director, CompliSpace, writes. With a complex array of legal and duty of care obligations, combined with multiple data management systems, it is little wonder that many schools struggle to implement effective policies and practices for the management and retention of information.
Why do we keep records?
Proper information governance is becoming more of a priority than ever, especially with the increased focus on schools and their duty of care obligations. But aside from these obligations, schools must also keep records to remain compliant with a suite of other legal and non legal requirements, including those that arise from:
• Privacy Act 1998 (Cth) (Privacy Act) and Australian Privacy Principles (APPs)
• Crimes Acts in each state and territory
• contractual obligations
• canon law, and