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Child ProtectionMandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse ‹ What is mandatory reporting?

What is mandatory reporting?

Mandatory reporting is the act of formally making a report to the Mandatory Reporting Service (MRS) of the Department for Child Protection and Family Support (CPFS) when:

  • a child discloses sexual abuse
  • a belief is formed that a child is being, or has been, sexually abused

Teachers now have a legal requirement to report child sexual abuse to MRS and penalties apply if a report is not made.

WA legislation relates only to child sexual abuse. Other forms of abuse should continue to be reported through the principal to CPFS and/or the WA Police.

What is mandatory reporting?
http://det.wa.edu.au/childprotection/detcms/inclusiveeducation/child-protection/public/mandatory-reporting-of-child-sexual-abuse-/what-is-mandatory-reporting.en?cat-id=1331870

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