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Offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse (Health and Human Services)

The offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse to the police came into effect on 27 October 2014.

The offence requires that any adult who holds a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed in Victoria by an adult against a child (aged under 16) disclose that information to police. The offence applies to all adults, not just professionals who work with children, unless they have a reasonable excuse.

For more information about the offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse and how to report, visit the New criminal offences to improve responses to child sexual abuse page on the Department of Human Services website at: http://go.vic.gov.au/ZVMFD9 [external link - opens in a new window]