Reporting Risk of Harm to DoCS. The Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998.
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·“child” is defined as meaning a person who is under the age of 16 years;
·“young person” is defined as meaning a person who is aged 16 years or above but who is under the age of 18 years.
Current concerns exist for the safety, welfare or well-being of the child or young person because of :
CEO Policy requires a report to be made.
The mandatory provisions in s.27 of the CYP(CP)Act apply to:
CEO policy requires all school staff to report risk of harm to the school principal.
are to be made
on the DoCS Helpline
- 13 36 27
as much detail as you have on the child and family to help them make the best possible assessment about what action is in the child’s or young person’s best interests.
NB - Keep in mind that siblings, even though they are not at school, may also be at risk and need to be reported – especially babies or young children.
eg.“Who?” ‘Where?” “When?” “How many times?” questions.
What you should get from DoCS
School staff have a role:
(Commission for Children and Young People (CCYP) Report on Children Who Have No one to Turn To, 2002)