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We need more than police checks: how parents and educators can keep childcare services safe from abuse

Last week, a former childcare centre worker was charged with more than 1,600 child abuse offences, sending shivers through the Australian community.

There are about 1.4 million children using a childcare service (including centre-based care, family daycare and outside school hours care) around the country.

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In response to a confidential briefing about the case last year, Education Minister Jason Clare set up a review into safety practices in the childcare sector.

This will see the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority work with the Australian Federal Police. They will provide an…

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