Queensland teachers' new legal obligation to report child sexual abuse

Mathews, Benjamin P. & Walsh, Kerryann M. (2004) Queensland teachers' new legal obligation to report child sexual abuse. Australia and New Zealand Journal of Law and Education, 9(1), pp. 25-40.


Legislative amendments commencing in 2004 impose a new obligation on teachers and staff in Queensland schools to report known or suspected sexual abuse of a student by a school employee. The obligation to report this class of abuse is the first statutory obligation ever imposed on teachers in Queensland regarding the reporting of child abuse. However, when compared with the mandatory reporting legislation applying to teachers in other Australian jurisdictions, the Queensland provisions are very limited. This article examines the legislative changes and their context, compares the Queensland legislation with that in other Australian jurisdictions, and discusses the issue of whether there should be a general obligation imposed on teachers in Queensland to report all known or suspected child abuse and neglect. This discussion involves a consideration of the incidence and consequences of child abuse and neglect, the role of teachers, and arguments for and against imposing such a general obligation.

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ID Code: 3420
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: child protection, legislation, teachers, madatory reporting, child abuse, child maltreatment
ISSN: 1327-7634
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Australia and New Zealand Education Law Association
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:07

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