Consequences of introducing mandatory reporting legislation for child sexual abuse

Mathews, Benjamin P. (2013) Consequences of introducing mandatory reporting legislation for child sexual abuse. In 13th ISPCAN European Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, 15-18 September 2013, DoubleTree by Hilton, Dublin, Ireland. (Unpublished)

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To improve detection of child sexual abuse, many jurisdictions have enacted mandatory reporting laws requiring selected persons to report known and suspected cases. In Ireland, the Child First approach previously incorporated only a policy-based approach to reporting. Due to a perceived lack of efficacy, the Children First Bill was drafted in 2012 to shift this policy guidance to a legislative approach.

What effects will the new legislative reporting duties have on numbers of reports, and outcomes of reports, of suspected child sexual abuse? This paper will shed light on these important questions by presenting results of analyses of the introduction of legislative reporting obligations in two Australian States.

Three questions will be explored: 1. Does introducing reporting legislation result in enhanced detection of child sexual abuse? 2. Do different reporter groups have different patterns of reporting? 3. What do the patterns of report numbers and outcomes indicate for child protection systems and communities?

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ID Code: 65402
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Child sexual abuse, Law, Mandatory reporting laws, Effects
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Health Law Research
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult author(s)
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2013 23:11
Last Modified: 15 Dec 2013 23:11

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