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Australian teachers and the law of mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse : developments and problems

Mathews, Benjamin P. & Walsh, Kerryann M. (2006) Australian teachers and the law of mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse : developments and problems. In International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, 10-13 July 2006, Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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The evolution of mandatory reporting laws requiring Australian teachers to report child sexual abuse has a chequered history. Broadly, there now are three different legislative models in Australia’s eight jurisdictions, with six having a strong reporting duty, one having a uniquely restricted duty, and one having no reporting duty. Little empirical research has been conducted into the impact of the different laws on reporting practice, although the research that has been done indicates problems that may produce significant numbers of unjustified reports, and significant occurrences of failure to report deserving cases. Research needs to be done to thoroughly assess the impact of the different laws on reporting practice, and to assess teacher preparation and reporting practice throughout Australia.

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ID Code: 17845
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Child sexual abuse, Teachers, Legislative duties to report, Australia
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
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 Early Childhood
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 16 Feb 2009 15:03
Last Modified: 12 May 2011 11:52

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