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Queensland Legislation Update – Laws Targeting Sexual Offense Against Children commencing on 5 July 2021

All Queensland personnel must understand their legal obligations to reduce the risks children may face, and ensure safe environments for Queensland’s children under the Criminal Code 1899 Act (child Sexual Offences Report) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (QLD). These new laws will come into effect on 5 July 2021.

This will mean:

  • all adults must report sexual offending by adults against children to the police unless they have a reasonable excuse;
  • adults in an institutional setting (e.g. including those working or volunteering at a school, church, sporting club or care service) must protect children from the risk of a sexual offence being committed against them by an adult associated with an institution. This obligation extends to ‘adults in a responsible position in institution’.

For more information relating to these laws:  https://www.qld.gov.au/law/crime-and-police/types-of-crime/sexual-offences-against-children/laws

​​​​​​​If you have any questions, please contact Safeguarding@salvationarmy.org.au

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