The Australian Federal Police Association (AFPA) is calling for legislative reform in relation to mandatory reporting of suspected cases of child abuse and exploitation in the ACT.

A mandated reporter is a person legally required to report observed or suspected child abuse or exploitation.

AFPA President Alex Caruana said that while the existing mandatory reporting legislation in the ACT was adequate, it should be improved and expanded to regard Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly and their staff as being mandated reporters.

“Given recent media coverage, I think there needs to be an expansion to the mandated reporter criteria. In the course of their duties, Members of the Legislative Assembly and their staff may receive information that should be reported to the appropriate authorities in order to protect children and young people in the ACT.

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