Each state has a different way to register. You will need this if you are working with people under 16 years of age. It's useful to have regardless if the parent will be in the room or not (there are always instances where you may be left alone with the child).
** If you are working with children, please have a browse through these websites to get yourself familiar with what may be required**
As a health professional working with children, we are mandatory reporters. If you suspect that a child or young person (under 18 years of age) is at risk of significant harm i.e. safety, welfare or wellbeing of a child or young person, then we have an obligation to report it. Information on mandatory reporting: http://www.community.nsw.gov.au/preventing-child-abuse-and-neglect/reporting-suspected-abuse- or-neglect/questions-about-reporting ****This is our Mandatory Reporting Guide**** https://reporter.childstory.nsw.gov.au/s/mrg Do the questionnaire and it will lead you to what you need to do legally. If there is enough reason you will have to call the child protection helpline and put in an e report.
PRACTITIONER SUPPORT RESOURCES:
childhood.org.au - professional training and healing from trauma for children Blue Knot Foundation - training, resources and support. aifs.gov.au - great for professional development webinars childwise.org.au - provides training for parents and schools. ** Bravehearts.org.au - education, information and counselling for professionals as well as those affected. Braveheart's is working to improve the family court system. Support for families, children and professionals kidshelpline - 1800 551 800 - 24 hour support for all children and parents/carers - a good place to start if confused. goodtherapy.org.au - find a therapist BeCentre - counselling and play therapy for trauma - Warriewood, also provides professional training. childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au - investigation into institutions associated with child sexual abuse - sports clubs, churches, schools etc. Options for therapy to recover: Art therapy, play therapy, horse therapy