Child Abuse – Mandatory Reporting Requirements for Teachers

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For some years in Queensland, teacher’ obligations in relation to reporting abuse of children were set out under the Education ( General Provisions) Act 2006, and were pretty limited. Recent changes to other Queensland legislation have fundamentally changed the obligations to report child abuse.

Traditionally, reporting requirements have been imposed on doctors and nurses to make mandatory reports in relation to both physical or sexual abuse pursuant to section 13E of the Child Protection Act 1999. These provisions have now been extended to teachers.

Whilst the old provisions still apply to staff of schools, new provisions mean that teachers have extra obligations.

Fiona Manderson (Senior Associate), discusses the new obligations under the Child Protection Act 1999 and how this effects both teachers and the school collectively. Read and download the full paper here.