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Information sharing - myth busting guide

This myth busting guide assists professionals to understand key facts about information sharing. For example:

Myth

As a mandatory reporter under the Child Protection Act 1999, I am only required to report a reasonable suspicion of significant harm resulting from physical or sexual abuse where there may not be a parent able and willing to protect the child.

Fact

You are only mandated to report to Child Safety Services if you form a reasonable suspicion that a child has suffered, is suffering, or is at an unacceptable risk of suffering significant harm caused by physical or sexual abuse, and may not have a parent able and willing to protect them.

However
You should report all types of abuse that result in significant harm to a child where there may not be a parent able and willing to protect them. This includes neglect and emotional abuse as well as physical and sexual abuse. You are always protected from liability when reasonably and honestly reporting concerns to Child Safety Services about alleged harm under section 197A of the Child Protection Act 1999.

Last modified: 
9 February 2017