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Roles and responsibilities

Protecting vulnerable babies, children and young people is everyone’s business. All adults and professionals have a duty of care to report concerns of child abuse and neglect. You do not need to be a mandatory reporter to make a report to child protection.

Health professionals are in a position to identify risk of harm and have a responsibility to intervene and respond early to reduce that risk, prevent harm and support the wellbeing of the child. Where there is a belief that child abuse or neglect exists, health professionals must report according to organisational guidelines and legislative requirements.

Mandatory reporting

In Victoria, those who are mandated by law to report are:

  • registered medical practitioners
  • registered psychologists
  • nurses including midwives
  • out of home care workers (excluding voluntary foster and kinship carers)
  • early childhood workers
  • school principles
  • registered teachers
  • school counsellors (as of 31 Jan 2020)
  • police officers
  • youth justice workers

In Victoria mandated reporters must make a report to child protection, if in the course of practising their profession or carrying out duties of their office, position or employment  they form a reasonable belief, that a child has been or is at risk of significant harm, as a result of:

  • physical or sexual abuse,
  • and the child’s parents have not protected or are unlikely to protect the child from that abuse.

Who is responsible under the information sharing schemes

The Loddon area is planning for establishment of The Orange Door by late 2019

 

Central Victorian Primary Care Partnership acknowledges the traditional owners on whose land we live and work, their rich culture and spiritual connection to country. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and celebrate their living culture and unique role in the life of our catchment.

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