Mandatory reporting legislation in the USA, Canada and Australia: a cross-jurisdictional review of key features, differences and issues
Mathews, Benjamin P. & Kenny, Maureen (2008) Mandatory reporting legislation in the USA, Canada and Australia: a cross-jurisdictional review of key features, differences and issues. Child Maltreatment, 13(1), pp. 50-63.
Mandatory child abuse reporting laws have developed in particular detail in the US, Canada, and Australia, as a central part of governments’ strategy to detect cases of abuse and neglect at an early stage, protect children, and facilitate the provision of services to children and families. Yet, the terms of these laws differ in significant ways, both within and between these nations, with the differences tending to broaden or narrow the scope of cases required to be reported, and by whom. The purpose of this paper is to provide a current and systematic review of mandatory reporting legislation in the three countries which have invested most heavily in them to date. A comparison of key elements of these laws is conducted, disclosing significant differences and illuminating the issues facing legislatures and policymaking bodies in countries already having the laws. These findings will also be instructive to those jurisdictions still developing their laws and to those which may in the future choose to design a system of mandatory reporting.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
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|Keywords:||child abuse and neglect, mandatory reporting law, United States, Canada, Australia|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law|
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Sage Publications|
|Deposited On:||14 Jan 2008|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:47|
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