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Queensland nurses' attitudes towards and knowledge of the legislative duty to report child abuse and neglect : results of a State-wide survey

Mathews, Benjamin P., Fraser, Jennifer A., Walsh, Kerryann M., Dunne, Michael P., Kilby, Sam , & Chen, Linping (2008) Queensland nurses' attitudes towards and knowledge of the legislative duty to report child abuse and neglect : results of a State-wide survey. Journal of Law and Medicine, 16, pp. 288-304.

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Abstract

In 2005, legislation commenced requiring Queensland nurses to make reports of suspected child abuse and neglect to government child protection authorities. This development further harmonised Australian mandatory reporting laws and their application to the nursing profession, although inconsistencies still exist between States and Territories. As indicated by research published in 2006,1 little is known about nurses and the reporting of child abuse and neglect. The legislative change in Queensland provided a new opportunity to study nurses' attitudes to reporting, knowledge of the legal reporting duty, and reporting practice, all of which provides much-needed evidence about the reporting of child abuse and neglect, and about the laws themselves. This article describes results from a State-wide survey of Queensland nurses. Findings have implications for law reform, nursing practice, and nurses’ training in child abuse and neglect reporting.

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ID Code: 14259
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Child abuse and neglect, mandatory reporting law, nurses, Queensland, knowledge, attitudes
ISSN: 1320-159X
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 Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Thomson Legal & Regulatory
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:48

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