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Responding to allegations of physical or sexual assault

Guidance is provided on how to respond to allegations of physical and sexual assault on the Incident reporting page within this website.

For services funded by the (former) Department of Health, please refer to the relevant section in the Department of Health Incident reporting instruction (May 2013). Further information on supporting victims and reporting allegations of sexual assault can be found in the Responding to allegations of physical and sexual assault instruction.

For services funded by the (former) Department of Human Services, please refer to the Department of Human Services Responding to allegations of physical or sexual assault instruction. This document must be read in conjunction with the Critical client incident management instruction

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

For more information about the offence and how to report, visit the offence for failure to disclose child sexual abuse page on this website at: http://www.dhs.vic.gov.au/funded-agency-channel/about-service-agreements/incident-reporting/new-failure-to-disclose-offence

The new offence for 'failure to protect' a child from the risk of sexual abuse came into effect on 1 July 2015.

A fact sheet is available to download on the new criminal offences to improve responses to child sexual abuse [external link - opens in a new window] page on the human services website. Alternatively, you can email: childsafestandards@dhhs.vic.gov.au