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This Advice provides information regarding the statutory requirements of mandatory reporting to the Child Protection service.

Date of advice: 5 November 2012

Advice no: 1122

Endorsed by: Assistant Director, Child Protection Policy, Practice and Planning

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Mandatory reporting

This Advice provides information regarding the statutory requirements of mandatory reporting to the Child Protection service.

Doctors, nurses, midwives, teachers and principals, and police are specifically compelled to report if they believe on reasonable grounds that a child is in need of protection from physical and sexual abuse.

Legislation regarding mandatory reporting was first introduced in Victoria in the early 1990s. This followed the identification of incidents where children were subject to significant abuse, and despite the involvement of professionals, were not reported to the statutory child protection system.

Other required reporting

There are also circumstances in which the Family Court or Federal Magistrates Court personnel are required to report. For details regarding these requirements see Advice Number. 1141, 'Reports and requests from the Family Court or Federal Magistrates Court' – Related links on right of screen.

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