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Defence provisions for mandated notifiers

The information on this page is for mandated notifiers.

If you are a concerned member of the public, see the child abuse report line page on the sa.gov.au website for information about making a report to the child abuse report line.

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Defence provisions for mandated notifiers apply in special circumstances.

For more information about who is considered a mandated notifier, see mandated notifiers and their role

When the provisions apply

These provisions apply when a mandated notifiers has failed to notify a reasonable suspicion of neglect or abuse of a child because:

  • the mandated notifier only became aware of such circumstances as a result of information imparted to them by a police officer acting in the course of their official duties
  • the mandated notifier only became aware of the child’s situation from another mandated notifier who has already made a report about the situation.

See the new defence provisions for mandated notifiers fact sheet (PDF 279KB) for more information. 

The defences do not apply in situations where a mandated notifier possesses additional knowledge of the child’s circumstances beyond that reported to them by a previous reporter or police officer.

In these circumstances, the mandated notifier must make their own report to the child abuse report line.

Defence provision examples for education and care settings

People working within an education and care setting should refer to the following information sheet (PDF 275KB). It provides further clarification around the new defence provisions and includes examples scenarios.

Defence provision examples for the Department for Child Protection

Department for Child Protection staff and those who have completed the Child Safe Environments training can refer to the following information sheet (PDF 275KB) that includes a number of example scenarios for further clarification.

Contact

Child Abuse Report Line (CARL)

Telephone: 13 14 78