Governing to Protect Vulnerable People

Directors need to be aware of their duty of care in the governance of institutions that care for vulnerable people.

Following extensive media coverage and public inquiry, trust is being eroded and having dramatic consequences for the operation of many institutions, places of education, worship and care.

Right course for you

Is this course right for you?

Organisations that provide services vital to children, the aged, the disabled, the homeless, the mentally unwell and many more should consider the scrutiny arising from recent high profile institutional crises.

Prior governance knowledge is ideal with participants having completed Foundations of Directorship, Company Directors CourseTM, or have at least five years’ extensive director experience.

However, recognising limitations with the sector for formal governance training, a recommended alternative pathways include one of the following short courses:

  • Foundations of Directorship – Governance for Directors (one day face-to-face course, preferred); or
  • Role of the Director and the Board (half day face-to-face course); or
  • In the Boardroom: Responsibilities and Practice (half day face-to-face course); or
  • Duties and Responsibilities of the Not-for-Profit Director (half day face-to-face course)
Course learnings

What will you learn?

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the scope of organisational risk in relation to vulnerable people and discuss the factors that contribute to vulnerability;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of relevant policies and procedures and identify ways the board can monitor compliance;
  • Closely examine your organisational culture and understand what reports the board needs to verify a safe culture;
  • Monitor and evaluate reporting standards around culture so that you are complying the highest standards of supervision; and
  • Implement transparent frameworks for responsibility sharing and avoiding concentration of influence
Course expectations

What can you expect?

This is a one-day course delivered face-to-face. The course is delivered by an experienced facilitator, with short activities and case studies included to guide discussion.

Topics covered include:

  • A summary of the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse;
  • The board’s responsibility in governing to protect vulnerable people;
  • Cultural and ethical dimensions contributing to the wellbeing of vulnerable people, and how to adopt a safe culture; and
  • Effective policies supporting the governance of organisations working with vulnerable people.

Why learn with us?


The content

Our programs and courses are designed by expert educators with the input of experienced directors and subject matter experts. The contemporary content is updated annually and includes case studies and real-life examples to ensure relevancy for today's and tomorrow's directors.

The facilitators

With our rigorous selection criteria, we recruit facilitators boasting extensive real-world director experience and the ability to create an interactive and unique learning environment.

The participants

You'll spend time connecting with, learning from, and sharing experiences with, a broad range of high-calibre senior executives and directors who are passionate about improving performance.

The recognition

We offer highly-regarded and established governance and directorship programs. By participating, you are demonstrating your commitment to good governance practice, and have the opportunity to earn post nominals that associate you with Australia's leading organisation for directors and are recognised by the wider director community.

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