resources for mandatory reporters

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Mandatory reporters are required by law to report to Family and Community Services if they suspect that a child is at risk of significant harm.

There are a variety of ways in which you can make a suspected risk of significant harm report to the Child Protection Helpline – see how to make a report?

who are mandatory reporters?

Mandatory reporters are those that deliver services directly to children and young people. This includes those that deliver health care, welfare, education, children’s services, residential services or law enforcement to children or young people. The law also requires any person who manages an employee or volunteer from such services, to report suspected risk of significant harm. Section 27 of the NSW Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 provides a definition.

Mandatory reporters are not obliged to report risk of significant harm to unborn children or young people aged 16–17 years. However they are encouraged to make a report if it is appropriate.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)