”Heads you win, tails I lose”: the dilemma mandatory reporting poses for teachers

Falkiner, Meredith, Thomson, Don, Guadagno, Belinda, and Day, Andrew (2018) ”Heads you win, tails I lose”: the dilemma mandatory reporting poses for teachers. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 42 (9). pp. 1-19.

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Abstract

Australian teachers are mandated to report instances of child maltreatment should they suspect a child is being maltreated. Some teachers are reluctant to make a report based on suspicion alone. This review examines the barriers that may prevent teachers from reporting. It is suggested that to overcome these barriers and form a reasonable belief that a child is being maltreated, teachers may attempt to seek out proof by questioning the suspected victim. Inappropriate questioning can have detrimental consequences such as wrongful reporting when maltreatment is not occurring, or worse, no report made when a child is being maltreated. Based on the review of the literature presented in this paper and given the changing landscape of mandatory reporting in Australia, research is recommended. First, to determine if the barriers for reporting still hold true and, secondly, to establish the motivations of teachers who may question a child when they suspect maltreatment, along with exploration on how they approach this task.

Item ID: 49774
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1835-517X
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The Australian Journal of Teacher Education, which is blind peer reviewed by a minimum of two members of the Editorial panel, is access free, electronic and published by Edith Cowan University.

Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2017 02:15
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development @ 100%
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