Child Safety and Child Protection Training

Mandatory reporting and responding to disclosures of abuse

Did you know that, legally, it is every adult’s responsibility to report if they believe a child has been sexually abused, or believe a child is at risk of harm?

Being faced with a situation like this can be confronting, confusing, and most people aren’t sure of what they should do next. What should you say? What shouldn’t you say? How do you make them feel heard? Who should you tell?

We offer practical, skills-based training for health workers, social workers and other professionals who are looking to enhance their child safety and child protection knowledge.


Topics include:

  • Mandatory reporting and responding to disclosures of abuse
  • What to do should a young person tell you they have been sexually abused
  • How to respond appropriately and sensitively
  • How to hold a supportive conversation
  • How to provide safety to a young person
  • Family violence education
  • Your role in reporting a disclosure and what is expected.

Want to learn more?

Lou has supported my own confidence and capability in working with a variety of issues such as harmful sexual behaviour, family violence and underlying trauma responses.

I would absolutely recommend a secondary consolation with Lou to further enhance your clinical practice!

– Nicole Webster, Clinical Social Worker

[Watch] How to protect children from sexual abuse and your role in mandatory reporting

Reporting incidents of child abuse is everyone’s responsibility. Below is some information on what to do if you think a young person has been sexually abused, or has shared an incident of abuse with you.

How to protect children from sexual abuse and your role in mandatory reporting

Presented by Lou Mapleston, Check + Chat Founder for the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault

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Check and Chat is a wellbeing and consent education service for young people, their parents or carers, and education professionals.

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We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australia’s First People and Traditional Custodians. We value their cultures, identities, and continuing connection to country, waters, kin and community. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and are committed to making a positive contribution to the wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people, by providing services that are welcoming, safe, culturally appropriate and inclusive.