Four critical actions

Four Critical Actions for Schools (pdf - 646.17kb)  |  Word version

You should read this ​in conjunction with Responding to Suspected Child Abuse: Template (docx - 67.41kb), which must be completed when responding to any form of suspected abuse).

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This section outlines four critical actions which must be taken when responding to an incident, disclosure or suspicion of child abuse.

These actions include:

Documenting your actions

As a school staff member, you must keep clear and comprehensive notes relating to incidents, disclosures and allegations of child abuse using the Responding to Suspected Child Abuse: Template  |  PDF version

Your aim should be to provide as much information within the template as possible. These records will be helpful in making a report of the abuse to the relevant authorities.

This information may be sought at a later date if the matter is the subject of court proceedings. These notes may also later assist you if you are required to provide evidence to support their decisions.

For further information, see: Complying with subpoenas or court attendance