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.

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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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ID Code: 11850
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: child abuse and neglect, mandatory reporting law, United States, Canada, Australia
DOI: 10.1177/1077559507310613
ISSN: 1077-5595
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
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 14 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:39

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