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Guidelines and Policies

NSW Online Mandatory Reporter Guide NSW
NSW Govt of Premier and Cabinet
A resource to help health professionals and other mandatory reporters decide whether to report suspected abuse or neglect.

Child Wellbeing and Child Protection Policies and Procedures for NSW Health NSW
NSW Health
The Child Wellbeing and Child Protection Policies and Procedures for NSW Health brings together in a single document the tools and guidance for Health workers to meet their legal and policy responsibilities within the NSW Government Child Protection System.


Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 NSW
NSW Parliament
Requirements to notify the DG of children in need of protection. Consent to medical treatment by authorised personnel. In an emergency a medical practitioner may provide treatment to save the life of the child.


HCCC v Dene & Donnelly (No 2) [2010] NSWPST 4 NSW
A failure to make a mandatory report may also be unprofessional conduct or professional misconduct.

Toolkits and Protocols

Child protection – a tool kit for doctors
British Medical Association

Papers, Reports and Books

AMA Child Abuse and Neglect Policy Statement Australia
Australian Medical Association

Child Sex Abuse: Position Statement Australia
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Position Statement of the RANZCP on Child Sex Abuse and the need for reporting.

Child Protection Australia 2011-12 Australia
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
This report contains comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services, and the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system.

Child Protection Roles and Responsibilities – Interagency
NSW – Policy Directive
Department of Health

Ethical issues in child protection
Clin Ethics 2007;2:208-212

Protecting Children is Everybody’s Business: Paediatricians responding to the challenge of child abuse Australia
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
This booklet has been designed as a tool to provide guidance to professionals concerned with children about how we should respond to child abuse.

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