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Avoiding scandal by promoting good culture

By Lachlan Pollock, conference correspondent, Our Community

Changing your company culture may help you prevent sexual harassment and child protection failures in the workplace, according to Moores principal lawyers Catherine Brooks and Skye Rose.

Presenting at the 2018 "Aim High" Community Directors Conference, the pair offered delegates insights into how to protect their organisations against these scandals.

Catherine Brooks and Sky RoseMoores principal lawyers Catherine Brooks and Skye Rose urged delegates at the Community Directors Conference to invest in prevention.

They said the best way to tackle lengthy legal battles is to avoid them all together.

"We would always recommend investing in prevention because often with these sorts of things it's really hard to cure," said Ms Rose.

Ms Brooks and Ms Rose's experience dealing with sexual harassment and child abuse cases has taught them that cultural problems tend to be intricately connected with the issues.

"We're looking at a culture of impunity."

To prevent sexual harassment and child protection failures from occurring in your organisation, you must build and promote a healthy culture.

Ms Brooks and Ms Rose believe you can achieve this with clear policies, a diverse workforce and strong leadership.

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