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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.”

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