LISTEN
Watch
on air now
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Teacher-student relationships could soon be banned

Karl Stefanovic

A review into Victoria’s education code of conduct has recommended teachers be banned from entering sexual relationships with students within two years of their graduation.

The push is part of a broader child protection movement, aiming to reduce the risk of predatory grooming in the classroom.

Leading child psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg has weighed in on the issue, arguing the ban doesn’t go far enough.

“I’m a little concerned that it’s only two years, I personally would prefer it to be something like five.”

In Dr Carr-Gregg’s professional experience, such teacher-student relations have had damaging and long-lasting impacts on the young person’s peer and family relationships.

“One of the things you have to ask yourself is, if someone in their late twenties/early thirties wants to have a relationship with someone who has just left school, is that psychologically compatible?… The answer to that question is no, in my view.”

Click PLAY below to hear the full interview

Image: Getty/fstop123

 

Advertisement