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Soc. Sci., Volume 9, Issue 5 (May 2020) – 28 articles
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Research has found that mandatory reporting laws have positive effects on identifying child sexual [...] Read more. Research has found that mandatory reporting laws have positive effects on identifying child sexual abuse. Yet, there is little analysis of the impact of reports of sexual abuse on child protection systems relative to other abuse types. This research analyzed data over seven years to compare reports of sexual and physical abuse in Victoria and Western Australia. Western Australia had mandatory reporting for sexual abuse, and Victoria had mandatory reporting for sexual and physical abuse. Reports of sexual abuse increased due to a new reporting duty and heightened public awareness. Victoria received nearly three times as many physical abuse reports as Western Australia. The relative systemic burden was clear in Victoria, with reports of physical abuse two and a half times higher than sexual abuse. Rates of children in reports, even at their peak, indicated sustainable levels for welfare agencies. View this paper.