Child protection for educators and principals: a moral and legal obligation

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Bryce, India. 2018. "Child protection for educators and principals: a moral and legal obligation." Trimmer, Karen, Dixon, Roselyn and Findlay, Yvonne S. (ed.) The Palgrave handbook of education law for schools. Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 81-104
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Child protection for educators and principals: a moral and legal obligation

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ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleThe Palgrave handbook of education law for schools
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AuthorBryce, India
EditorsTrimmer, Karen, Dixon, Roselyn and Findlay, Yvonne S.
Page Range81-104
Chapter Number5
Number of Pages24
Year2018
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISBN9783319777504
9783319777511
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-77751-1_5
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-77751-1_5
Abstract

Child abuse and neglect has reached ‘epidemic’ proportions globally. Whilst it is difficult to ascertain the exact incidence of child maltreatment, overwhelming evidence indicates the magnitude of the problem is significant (ISPCAN International Congress on Child Abuse and Neglect, 2012). In recent years there has been an influx of media attention, government inquiries into departmental responses to child abuse and neglect and a host of research identifying the prevalence of abuse and neglect in our society. Schools are arguable on the front line, holding a front row seat to the detection and reporting of child maltreatment. As our society becomes more complex, and the responsibilities of educators more diverse and welfare oriented, the legal terrain for educators and educational leaders becomes more ambiguous. This chapter aims to provide education professionals with an overview of the legal issues commonly encountered in the professional context, the nature of mandatory reporting obligations and the often conflicting moral and ethical considerations. The chapter will explore the attitudes and deterrents to educators fulfilling these obligations and role of preservice education in adequately preparing professionals for the complexities of their role on the front line of child protection.

Keywordsmandatory reporting, child protection, legal
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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