To improve oversight of how organisations prevent and respond to allegations of child abuse and misconduct, the ACT has introduced a reportable conduct scheme. The scheme will commence on 1 July 2017.
‘Designated entities,’ or certain employers who work with children and are captured by the scheme, report to the ACT Ombudsman about allegations or convictions of reportable conduct by employees. Broadly this covers allegations or convictions of child abuse or misconduct toward children.
The reportable conduct scheme does not interfere with reporting obligations to ACT Policing or Children and Youth Protective Services. If criminal conduct is suspected, organisations should report to police in the first instance.
Reportable conduct includes allegations, offences or convictions relating to child abuse or misconduct including:
- ill-treatment of a child (including emotional abuse, and inappropriate use of force and restrictive intervention)
- psychological harm
- misconduct of a sexual nature
- sexual offences and convictions where a child is a victim or is present
- physical offences and convictions where a child is a victim or is present
- inappropriate discipline or offences relating to protecting of children from harm in accordance with the provisions of the Education and Care Services National Law (ACT) Act 2011.
For further information visit the ACT Ombudsman website