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Read important information about new criminal offences under Statutes Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Act 2021.
These documents are some of the important tools that we use when responding to a child or young person at risk of harm, including from abuse or neglect.
The documents are referred to in the mandatory notification training. This training is called RRHAN-EC.
Mandated notifiers must contact the Child Abuse Report Line if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child is at risk from harm, including from abuse or neglect. This is required under the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017.
The Department for Child Protection has released a Mandatory Reporting Guide (PDF 603KB) to help mandated notifiers. This guide is a structured decision-making system.
This checklist is used when we respond to concerns about children and young people.
This checklist has guidance about the information that you should have ready when you make a report to the Child Abuse Report Line.
It is the responsibility of the site leader to keep records of mandatory notifications.
Mandatory notification record templates
The Department for Education has a mandatory notification record template (DOC 385KB).
Staff must use this form to record their notification, whether done by phone or online. This form has been developed for use by department sites.
Other sites and services can use elements of this record-keeping form for their own work.
The Statutes Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Act 2021 came into operation on 1 June 2022. It includes 2 new offences which carry a penalty of imprisonment. The offences relate to failure to report and protect a child from sexual abuse.
The department’s RRHAN-EC training does not include information about these new offences. However, all employees, contractors and volunteers must understand your legal obligations.
For more information, read new criminal offices under Statutes Amendment (Child Sexual Abuse) Act 2021.
These are some of the key documents referred to in the RRHAN-EC training.