ATTENTION ALL ACT SERVICES - NEW OFFENCES AS OF 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019

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ATTENTION ALL ACT SERVICES - NEW OFFENCES AS OF 1ST SEPTEMBER 2019

New failure to report offence: all adults must report child sexual abuse

- adults who reasonably believe that a sexual offence has been committed against a child, must make a report to police. Failure to make a report is an offence.

Mandatory Reporters: Ministers of religion now mandated reporters

- ministers of religion, religious leaders and members of the clergy of a church or religious denomination will be Mandated Reporters.

Changes to the Reportable Conduct Scheme

- certain information disclosed in a religious confession must be reported by religious bodies to the ACT Ombudsman under the Reportable Conduct Scheme.

These offences and other Child Protection information can be found in our online courses https://www.insafehands.net.au/browse/courses

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