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  • Mandatory Reporting

    Mandatory reporting arises from the requirements of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 (Vic.) for the protection of children from harm due to physical injury and sexual abuse. School personnel mandated under this Act who, in the course of carrying out their duties, form a reasonable belief that a child is in need of protection from physical injury or sexual abuse, must report that belief and the grounds for it as soon as possible.

    In May 2010, the Victorian government through the Department of Education and Early Childhood and Department of Human Services published an update of the Mandatory Reporting Protocols.

    The purpose of this protocol is to define the respective roles and responsibilities of the Department of Human Services Child Protection, Department of Education and Early Childhood, Licensed Children’s Services and Victorian Schools. It addresses how these entities work together to protect children and young people from abuse and neglect.

    All school staff have a duty of care to protect and preserve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. The protocol serves as a valuable resource for school staff who are often the first to identify and respond to disclosures or signs of abuse or neglect considering the time children spend in education.

    The protocol document has been sent directly to all Victorian Catholic schools from the CECV and is also available here.