Protection of Children - Failure to Disclose Policy
Protecting children and young people against sexual abuse is a community wide responsibility.
DOSCEL has a moral and legal responsibility to ensure children and young people are safe in their care and to ensure that all forms of abusive behaviours towards children are prevented.
It is a clear legal duty of all adults to report child sexual abuse to police. Any adult who forms a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed by an adult against a child has an obligation to report that information to Victoria Policy on 000 or the local police station.
It is an offence for a person in authority to fail to protect a child under the age of 16 years from a sexual offence when:
The person has information sufficient to form a reasonable belief that a sexual offence has been committed in Victoria against a child, and
Without reasonable excuse, the person fails to report the information to Victoria Police as soon as practicable.