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St Luke’s Wantirna


CHILD PROTECTION- REPORTING OBLIGATIONS

POLICY



Rationale

At St Luke’s we believe that every child has the right to be safe and feel safe, whether at school or at home.

The roles and responsibilities of school staff in protecting the safety and wellbeing of children and young people and to enable staff are to:

  • identify indicators that a child or young person may be in need of protection.

  • make a report about a child or young person who may be in need of protection

  • comply with reporting obligations under child protection law and criminal law and fulfil their duty of care.

Implementation

Mandatory reporters, who believe on reasonable grounds that a child or young person is in need of protection from physical injury or sexual abuse, must report their concerns to Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Child Protection.

All other school staff members who form a belief on reasonable grounds that a child or young person:

  • is in need of protection, should report their concerns to DHHS Child Protection or Victoria Police.

  • is displaying sexually abusive behaviours and is in need of therapeutic treatment should report their concerns to DHHS Child Protection.

If staff have significant concerns for the wellbeing of a child or young person they should report their concerns to DHHS Child Protection or Child FIRST.

In cases where staff have concerns about a child or young person, they should also discuss their concerns with the principal or a member of the school leadership team.

Reporting criminal child sexual abuse - failure to disclose offence

Any staff member who forms a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed in Victoria by an adult against a child under 16 must disclose that information to police. Failure to disclose the information to police is a criminal offence, except in limited circumstances such as where the information has already been reported to DHHS Child Protection.

The offence applies to all adults in Victoria, not just professionals who work with children. To read more information about the ‘failure to disclose' offence, see: Department of Justice and Regulation – Failure to disclose offence

This policy will be reviewed as part of the school’s review cycle.

2018