Child protection panel discussion at July plenum

Child protection in community organisations is a collective responsibility.

Acting together with full knowledge and awareness, we must promote child safe cultures and best-practices.

After the Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the introduction of the National Redress Scheme, the over-arching responsibilities to maintain and sustain child safe spaces and practices in our community have changed and we must adapt.

The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies is hosting a panel of experts on Tuesday July 16 at 7.30pm on Awareness, Prevention and Redress: Child protection in the Jewish Community. All deputies, Board members and community members are encouraged to hear from topic experts and take part in the Q&A discussion.


Janet Schorer, NSW Children’s Guardian whose office has responsibility for all aspects of child protection, including checks of paid staff and volunteers, and all reportable conduct with respect to suspected child abuse.
Julianna Demetrius, Assistant Ombudsman in the NSW Ombudsman’s Office, who is preparing published information on child protection for faith-based organisations.
Dr Michelle Meyer, CEO of Tzedek, Australia’s support and advocacy group for Jewish victims/survivors of child sexual abuse.
Rabbi Mendel Kastel, CEO of Jewish House, the first Jewish organisation in NSW to sign up to the National Redress Scheme
Deborah Blackman, Director of EduCARE, Protecting our Children Together, who conducts regular training and workshops in schools, synagogues and youth movements
Peter Wertheim AM, co-CEO of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, will report on nation-wide Jewish community organisations’ responses to ensuring child safe organisations and responses to the National Redress Scheme.
Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass AO (moderator), Chair of the ECAJ National Working Group on Child Protection