For support in managing child protection issues and concerns, the following services are available (contact details are available under Agency Contacts):
The Child Protection Support Team is able to assist and support principals and DOE staff in implementing the revised Child Protection policy through:
Education Regional Office staff have a responsibility to assist and support school principals and staff to implement the Child Protection policy. This may involve:
School psychologists can also:
The Standards and Integrity Directorate (SID) is responsible for assessing alleged breaches of discipline by staff including:
The Prevention and Education Team of SID is available for consultation or advice regarding issues concerning staff misconduct.
School nurses may:
School nurses do not carry out medical examinations for the purpose of investigating child abuse unless authorised by the Department for Child Protection or WA Police to provide specific information.
The Department for Child Protection has a legal mandate under the Children and Community Services Act 2004 to provide for the protection and care of children in circumstances where their parents have not given, or are unlikely or unable to give, that protection and care.
The Child Abuse Squad (CAS) investigates physical abuse, sexual abuse and criminal neglect of children throughout Western Australia.
The squad directly investigates sexual abuse occurring within a family and sexual abuse of children under 13 years of age by a person outside the family and will organise medical examinations if necessary. In country areas, the CAS regional response teams are responsible for investigating offences against a child. Where an employee of the Department is suspected of a criminal offence against a child, CAS will liaise with the Standards and Integrity Directorate of the Department and advise the Corruption and Crime Commission of any investigations being conducted into a person employed by the Department.