I agree with it even though the system has failed our family hugely.
I can only get a job in the force and make a difference to stop neglect
I agree that it wasn't such a black and white example. The reason I was so vocal in the other thread is because I believe so strongly in the notification process, and I think there are risks associated with coming onto a forum and telling people to complain to their MP and not to call the police in the future just because a report has been made. I would think families that actually ARE in abusive/neglectful situations would feel indignant (defensive?) as well if a report is made against them, and to think that families engaging in harming their children but without sufficient evidence for authorities to act could then feel entitled to turn around and make complaints against reporters and complain to MPs didn't sit right with me. And potentially encouraging women in abusive relationships not to seek protection from law enforcement in case a report is made had me almost in tears.
What is clear from other stories that posters shared is how much time is wasted following up malicious and vengeful false reports. I wonder how many kids have suffered continued abuse while people waste their time following a dead end. So, yes, I believe absolutely in mandatory reporting, I just wish it wouldn't be abused by some.
If you're complaining about an inconvenience in your life because someone reported you... well just be thankful the system frickking works.
Too many families AREN'T reported.
Can't believe people would actually be against it how naive & selfish.
I'm not so certain, and come from the other side. As a child I didn't seek help for incidents of abuse upon myself because I was aware of mandatory reporting and didn't want to be responsible for any possible consequences the perpetrator might face. Similarly when I was in an abusive marriage, I was reluctant to seek help because I thought mandatory reporting might result in my husband being punished which would put more stress on our family. Unfortunately for me, when I did risk trying to seek help, my attempt was just brushed aside. Thankfully there was no formal report made, so at least my attempt didn't just make things worse.
(FYI: The instance I am referring to above is when I went to the GP with two black eyes and asked if it were possible to get my husband into anger management classes. She said I needed to bring him in, which I did - and then she turned to him and said, "You don't really want to go to anger management classes do you?" He responded "not really" and that was the end of it.
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Growing up one of my friends was being abused in every possible way imaginable. She would come to school stinking of urine. The teacher would yell at her and make her sit outside all day. She wouldn't have food some days. Sometime she would be covered in bruises. It took til we were in year 5 for a teacher to report it and action to happen.
Her parents were of a socially acceptable age.
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Yes, I agree with mandatory reporting. However, I think the other thread (yet another thread closed due to people not playing fair) was wildly misjudged and blown out of proportion. I think the OP of this thread has misunderstood the premise of the other thread too.
The way I read it was that the OP was concerned that legislation was not properly followed, not that it was actually done. I can see this concern has credence and understand why that OP wrote what she did.
So the question posed in this thread, in essence, is not a spin off in that it's directly related but a totally different topic altogether.
Mandatory reporting's a joke anyway. It's only put in place to make us feel safe. But it's hardly ever followed up. You should see the stuff that happens on the Fraser Coast. There's a good reason why Hervey Bay is considered "child protection central". Things just aren't followed up or followed through and children's services is always "too overloaded to do anything".
Im sorry your friend seemed to slip through the cracks. I hope they haven't been left too badly affected advd are living a normal life away from that now.
However, Is it possible that mandated reporting was not in then? Its only "new" legislation really and is being constantly updated with more professions becoming required all the time.
I know when I first started in childcare we were NOT legally mandated to report if we thought something was amiss, but, ethically, and under duty of care we should have, but under child protection stance, not actually required too. we were given a time frame where we would become mandated, however I changed states so I'm not sure... this was less than 10yrs ago. I'm sure now they would be.
Just trying to offer another perspective
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