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Mandatory reporting for teachers


What does it mean to be a mandatory reporter of child sexual abuse?

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.  

Mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse only applies when a teacher is working in their role as teacher, either in a paid or voluntary capacity. 

TAFEWA lecturers with Teacher Registration Board of Western Australia (TRBWA) registration or with a limited authority to teach who deliver an educational program on a school site are mandatory reporters.

Staff who have TRBWA registration but are not working as teachers are not mandatory reporters but are required under the Child Protection policy to report child sexual abuse to the principal.

If a belief that a child is or has been the subject of child sexual abuse is formed outside of working hours (when not working as a teacher), then there is no legal requirement to report.  However, as a concerned citizen, a report could be made voluntarily by calling 1800 273 889 (1800 CPDUTY) in the metro area or calling the local Child Protection and Family Support office in country areas.

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