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.
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 Child Information Sharing Scheme (CISS) enables authorised organisations and practitioners to share information to promote the wellbeing and safety of children. Find more information on the Child information sharing web site.
- The Family Violence Information Sharing Scheme (FVISS) enables authorised organisations and practitioners to share information to facilitate assessment and management of family violence risk to children and adults. Find more information on Family violence information sharing.
The Loddon area is planning for establishment of The Orange Door by late 2019