Mandatory reporting laws

Mathews, Benjamin P. & Walsh, Kerryann M. (2014) Mandatory reporting laws. In Hayes, Alan & Higgins, Daryl (Eds.) Families, Policy and the Law : Selected Essays on Contemporary Issues for Australia. Australian Institute of Family Studies, Melbourne, VIC, pp. 131-142.

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As part of the effort to protect children from significant abuse and neglect, each state and territory in Australia has enacted legislation commonly known as "mandatory reporting laws". There is much confusion about the nature and effects of these laws, both generally and within each jurisdiction. Accordingly, the main aim of this chapter is to review and explain the legislative principles across Australia. In doing so, the chapter will identify differences between the state and territory laws and will situate the laws as part of a system of responses to the whole spectrum of child abuse and neglect. We will also highlight the need for effective reporter training and public awareness, especially given the tension between the widely perceived need for a community response to child abuse and neglect and the simultaneous concern to avoid unnecessary reporting of innocuous events and situations.

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ID Code: 75325
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: mandatory reporting, child protection, child abuse, child maltreatment, law
ISBN: 9781922038487
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
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Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
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Deposited On: 20 Aug 2014 22:37
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