‘In Western Australia it is not an offence for nominated professionals to fail to report suspicions of child abuse’. Is this statement true or false, and in either case what supports your answer?

‘In Western Australia it is not an offence for nominated professionals to fail to report suspicions of child abuse’. Is this statement true or false, and in either case what supports your answer?

The answer

 

The statement that “In Western Australia it is not an offence for nominated professionals to fail to report suspicions of child abuse’ is incorrect. According to section 124(B)(1)(A) of the Children and Community Services Act 2004, the law nominates professionals like doctors, police officers, and nurses, midwives, boarding supervisors, and teachers to report cases of child abuse. According to section 124B (1), these professionals are liable to a fine not exceeding $6000 if it is established that they failed to report a case child abuse

 

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