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  1. Mandatory reporting of child abuse : is it in the best interests of the child ?

    Article - En anglais

    Objective 

    To set out correctly the law on mandatory reporting of child abuse in each Australian jurisdiction and New Zealand ; to argue that all patients should be forewarned of the limits of confidentiality. in respect of this ; and to discuss the question of whether mandatory reporting is in the best interests of the child.

    Method 

    Discussion of statutes mandating reporting of child abuse, duty of confidentiality, the experience of mandatory reporting and failure to comply, forewarning of limits of confidentiality, arguments for and against mandatory reporting, and alternatives.

    Results 

    Not all mental health providers comply with the law, for reasons both altruistic and non-altruistic.

    Although ethical codes for Australian mental health providers do not require forewarning, ethical practice would seem to do so.

    Conclusions 

    Mandatory. reporting statutes now in force are not necessarily in the best interests of the child.

    An important clinical implication of the law is that consideration should be given to forewarning patients.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Législation, Enfant maltraité, Victimologie, Confidentialité, Secret medical, Attitude, Personnel sanitaire, Santé mentale, Australie, Océanie, Nouvelle Zélande, Homme, Signalement

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Legislation, Child abuse, Victimology, Confidentiality, Medical confidentiality, Attitude, Health staff, Mental health, Australia, Oceania, New Zealand, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 97-0160404

    Code Inist : 002B18H05C. Création : 21/05/1997.