Mandatory Reporting

Last updated 25.08.13

 

Definition

-    Legislative requirement imposed on certain persons to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect to government authorities

 

Features

-    Report cases if sufficient to cause significant harm to the childs health or wellbeing to warrant intervention or service provision

-    Actual proof not required but rather reasonable suspicion of

-    Enforced in all states & territories in Australia but some variation in actual laws

-     Sexual abuse always reportable

-     Victoria

-    All cases of sexual & physical abuse must be reported

-    Medical practitioners, nurses, midwives, teachers & police must report

-    Report if there is a belief on reasonable ground that a child has suffered, or is likely to suffer, significant harm as a results of physical injury or sexual abuse and the childs parents have not protected, or are unlikely to protect, the child from harm of that type

-    Reporters identity protected from disclosure

-    As long as report made in good faith reporter not liable in any civil, criminal or administrative proceedings

-    Up to 18years old

-    Enables early detection of cases which may not otherwise come to the attention of helping agencies

 

Indication

-      Non-accidental injury (NAI)

 

Procedure

-      Telephone relevant body

-     Victorian Child Protection Services

-    131 278 24hrs, 7 days, toll free – emergency service

-    Local offices during business hours

-   Gippsland 1800 020 202

 

 

 

References

 

Australian Government: Australian Institute of Family Studies

DHS Victoria: Child Protection