Journal article

'It's a necessary evil' Experiences and perceptions of mandatory reporting of child abuse in Victorian general practice

Jacqueline Kuruppu, Kirsty Forsdike, Kelsey Hegarty

Australian Journal of General Practice | ROYAL AUSTRALIAN COLLEGE GENERAL PRACTITIONERS | Published : 2018

Abstract

Background and objective General practitioners (GPs) and practice nurses (PNs) are mandated to report child abuse; however, only 2-4% of reports are made by Victorian health professionals. This is concerning, given that the estimated prevalence of physical child abuse alone in Australia is 5-18%. The aim of this study was to explore GPs' and PNs' experiences and perceptions of mandatory reporting of child abuse in Victoria. Methods Semi-structured interviews with 17 Victorian GPs and PNs were undertaken and thematically analysed. Results Participants had limited understanding of mandatory reporting in Victoria, struggled with negotiating the risks of reporting child abuse and felt uns..

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