In South Australia a wide range of people are required by law to notify Families SA of situations where child abuse and neglect are suspected. Under the Children's Protection Act 1993 (as amended by the Amendment Bill 2005) these people are referred to as "mandated notifiers" and the obligation is outlined in Section 11 (1) and (2).
In response to the legislative amendments the Mandated notifiers program was updated in early 2006 and renamed Child Safe Environments - Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect. This reflects the vision of the government that the whole community will endeavour to care for and protect children through building stronger, more child-focused communities.
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Guidelines for reporting child abuse and neglect
] This booklet of information allows the reader to understand:
- The Children's Protection Act 1993 and mandated notification responsibilities
- Why child protection is important
- How to be effective in situations of concern with children or young people
- How to report situations of concern about children or young people
- Guidelines for Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
Strategies for Managing Abuse Related Trauma (SMART) training available as a free, online learning package.
Information Sharing Guidelines for people who protect or promote the wellbeing of children, young people and their families. Currently under development by the Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS) South Australia
Working Together to Protect Children: South Australian Interagency Child Protection Information Book Volume 1. Currently under development by Department for Families and Communites, Families SA
Office for Recreation and Sport (SA) Keeping Children Safe in Recreation and Sport, Government of South Australia, Adelaide , 2007
Office for Recreation and Sport (SA) website, including Child Safe Officer training.