This project will produce resources and webinars for youth workers and others working with young people about Victorian 'fail to disclose and protect' laws.
The new ‘failure to disclose and protect' laws are the result of the Victorian Government’s inquiry into the handling of child abuse allegations within religious and other non-governmental organisations. The ‘fail to disclose’ offence, which became law in October 2014, creates a duty on all adults in Victoria to report information about child sexual abuse to the police. The ‘fail to protect’ offences, which came into effect on 1 July 2015, require a person with authority over a person who poses a sexual abuse risk to a child to take protective action within their power.
These resources will be written for professionals working with children and young people in youth and community sectors in Victoria, and inform them of their legal responsibilities under these new laws.