Know your obligations! The new Victorian ‘failure to disclose & protect’ laws

Know your obligations! The new Victorian ‘failure to disclose & protect’ laws

If you work with young people, it is important you are aware of recent changes to the law that put new obligations on you to report child sexual abuse. Following the landmark ‘Betrayal of Trust’ Inquiry, new laws are now in place that make responding to child sex abuse a community-wide responsibility. It is now a criminal offence to fail to report suspected child sex abuse to police or to negligently fail to protect children from abuse from within your organisation.

This interactive session will brief workers on the recent failure to disclose and failure to protect laws, exploring how these changes to the law have expanded the system of mandatory reporting in place in Victoria since the 1990’s. Through practical scenarios and group discussions, this training will assist workers to recognise when the new laws will apply to them and what steps they must take to ensure that their legal obligations are met.