Safe Ministry Update: Important changes to the Crimes Act

New reporting requirements for child sexual abuse
In response to recommendations arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the NSW Government introduced amendments to the Crimes Act 1900 NSW which were passed in June 2018. The reforms were designed to strengthen existing child sexual abuse laws and also included two new offences:

  • Concealment of child sexual abuse; and
  • Failure to reduce or remove the risk of child becoming a victim of child abuse.

In June 2019, the PSU an Safe Ministry Update to all parishes about important changes to the Crimes Act 1900 in NSW.
These changes impact our understanding around who is a ‘mandatory reporter’ in matters of child sexual abuse, and introduces two new offences.

A copy of the Circular can be downloaded below

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