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Mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse

Teachers and boarding supervisors are required by law to report a belief, formed on reasonable grounds, that a child is or has been the subject of sexual abuse to the Mandatory Reporting Service (MRS). The MRS is part of the Department of Communities, Child Protection and Family Support (CPFS).

Teachers, boarding supervisors, police officers, doctors, nurses and midwives are mandatory reporters of child sexual abuse in Western Australia. This means they are legally required to report a belief, formed on reasonable grounds, in the course of their work, that a child is or has been the subject of sexual abuse.  The  Children and Community Services Act 2004 stipulates the penalties that apply for failing to report sexual abuse. 

The legislation governing mandatory reporting for teachers was enacted on the 1 January 2009 and for boarding supervisors on 1 January 2016 (commencement day). It is not mandatory to report a belief that a child was the subject of sexual abuse that occurred before the commencement day and is not ongoing.  In this circumstance, the report should be made via the principal or residential college manager who will submit a report to CPFS.

 

 

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Mandatory reporting for principals

Mandatory reporting for principals

The processes for reporting child sexual abuse and your responsibilities.

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Mandatory reporting for teachers

Mandatory reporting for teachers

Your mandatory reporting responsibilities

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Support staff responsibilities

Non-Teaching Staff Responsibilities

Your responsibilities as a member of the support staff in your school.

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Penalties

Penalities

What happens if a mandatory reporter fails to follow their legal obligations?

Mandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse
http://det.wa.edu.au/childprotection/detcms/navigation/mandatory-reporting-of-child-sexual-abuse/

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