Journal article

Teachers' Understanding and Practice of Mandatory Reporting of Child Maltreatment

Meredith Falkiner, Donald Thomson, Andrew Day

CHILDREN AUSTRALIA | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2017

Abstract

Across the eight jurisdictions of Australia, mandatory reporting obligations and thresholds for reporting vary. Teachers are one group of the professionals who are mandated to report child maltreatment, yet some teachers are still reluctant to make such a report. This paper examines the barriers that discourage teachers from reporting child maltreatment and also whether teachers consider it necessary to question a child about the maltreatment before they decide if a report should be made. Thirty semi-structured interviews with Victorian primary school teachers were thematically analysed and revealed that inadequate and inconsistent mandatory reporting training, the need for certainty before ..

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