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Child Protection

Child ProtectionMandatory Reporting of Child Sexual Abuse ‹ Reporting responsibilities of Non-Teaching Staff

Reporting responsibilities of Non-Teaching Staff

Reporting child sexual abuse

Support staff are not mandatory reporters of child sexual abuse but are required under the Child Protection policy to report all concerns of abuse to the principal or manager.

Support staff include but are not limited to the following positions:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education officers
  • manager corporate services
  • registrars
  • school officers
  • education assistants
  • library officers
  • laboratory technicians
  • home economic assistants
  • participation coordinators
  • attendance officers
  • youth support officers
  • social trainers
  • school based community liaison officers

How do I advise the principal or manager of my concerns?

You must:

  • document observations, information and disclosures;
  • inform the principal or line manager either verbally or in writing; and
  • report to the Regional Executive Director if the principal is the alleged perpetrator or may be biased towards the alleged perpetrator.

Note: If the principal receives a report of child sexual abuse from a non-mandatory reporter and, as a result, forms a belief that a child is or has been the subject of sexual abuse, the principal, as a mandatory reporter, must make a report to the Mandatory Reporting Service (MRS).

If the principal is absent, a report of child sexual abuse provided by a non-mandatory reporter must be reported to the MRS by the next person in charge.

For further information, refer to the Child Protection policy and procedures for Non-teaching staff.

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