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NCJ Number: 149965 Find in a Library
Title: Mandatory Reporting of Abuse
Journal: Youth Studies Australia  Volume:13  Issue:1  Dated:(Autumn 1994)  Pages:53- 57
Author(s): D Sandor
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 5
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: Legislation has been introduced in Victoria, Australia, the Children and Young Persons Act of 1989, that mandates child abuse reporting and child protection.
Abstract: The legislation requires reporting to Victoria's Department of Health and Community Services on suspected abuse of children under 17 years of age. Groups that must report include doctors, nurses, teachers, and police. The legislation identifies "significant harm" as the key to reporting requirements and notes factors to consider in assessing significant harm. Further, the legislation views abuse of children and child protection as human rights issues. Mandatory reporting of abuse places those who have gained the confidence of teenagers in a difficult position, however, and various legal issues and questions surround the reporting process. Both individual professionals and organizations such as schools, community centers, and youth clubs must develop procedures to guide personnel in fulfilling their reporting duties. The rights of adolescents are discussed in the context of mandatory abuse reporting. 14 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Child abuse reporting statutes; Child protection services; Child victims; Foreign laws; Rights of minors; Victoria
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