Under Section 11 of the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA) (The Act)[1] “any person who is an employee of, or volunteer in, a government or non-government organisations that provides health, welfare, education, sporting or recreational, child care or residential services wholly or partly for children, being a person who:

  1. Is engaged in the actual delivery of those services to children
  2. Holds a management position in the relevant organisation the duties of which include direct responsibility for, or direct supervision of, the provision of those services to children

is also obliged by law to notify the Child Abuse Report Line (Tel: 131478) if they suspect on reasonable grounds that a child or young person has been or is being abused and/or neglected and the suspicion is formed in the course of the person’s work (whether paid or voluntary) or in carrying out official duties[2].

In South Australia anyone under the age of 18 is classed as a child or young person.

This is termed mandatory notification.

Further information regarding your obligations as a mandatory notifier.

[1] Children’s Protection Act 1993 – section 11

[2] DECD – Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect – Guidelines April 2015.