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School Bullying And New South Wales Teachers' Duties To Report Child Abuse Under Mandatory Reporting Legislation: A Reply To Healey

Mathews, Benjamin P., Butler, Desmond A., Walsh, Kerryann M., & Farrell, Ann M. (2007) School Bullying And New South Wales Teachers' Duties To Report Child Abuse Under Mandatory Reporting Legislation: A Reply To Healey. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education, 12(2), pp. 43-55.

Abstract

A recent article advanced the argument that New South Wales mandatory reporting legislation requiring teachers to report suspected child abuse operates to require harm caused to children by school bullying to be reported by teachers to government child protection agencies. The article raises important issues concerning the nature and scope of mandatory reporting legislation in New South Wales and throughout Australia. In this article, we explore the argument's strengths and weaknesses. We conclude that, due to the nature and context of mandatory reporting laws, the nature of child protection systems, the differences between abuse perpetrated by parents or caregivers as opposed to bullying inflicted by children, and the presence of schoolbased responses to bullying, the more persuasive view is that the laws do not and should not require harm caused by school bullying to be reported by teachers to government child protection agencies.

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ID Code: 11847
Item Type: Journal Article
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ISSN: 1327-7634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:34

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