Boarding supervisors now mandatory reporters in WA.

Boarding supervisors now mandator reporters in WA

The Western Australian government have moved an amendment to the Children and Community Services Act 2004, and for the first time in Australia Boarding staff are specifically named as mandatory reporters.

Boarding supervisors are mandatory reporters in other states / territories as a part of more general descriptions such as “employees of childcare or residential services wholly or partly for children” (South Australia), or the Northern Territory where every person is a mandatory reporter.

The Western Australian amendment came as a result of a Blaxell Inquiry recommendation. The Blaxell Inquiry was set up to examine how sexual abuse could occur at a government owned hostel (St Andrews hostel in Katanning) for a period of up to fifteen years. An excerpt from the report is attached below:

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