Emergency Law and Ethics

Emergency Law and Ethics

  1. You are in a university course and your age is 17 years. For the purposes of the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA) are you to still a child?
  1. You are living in rural South Australia and operating part-time as a volunteer at the local SA Ambulance Service depot. You commonly attend at call-outs and often help in demonstrations for local school children. Is there any section of the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA) that would help to settle the question of whether you are, or are not a mandated reporter under the Act?
  1. What are identified as the paramount considerations to be observed in the exercise of powers under the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA)?
  1. Does the emotional wellbeing of a child play any role on the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA) definition of ‘abuse’?
  1. Ron is a paramedic who works in Metropolitan Adelaide. While at home and off duty, he becomes aware that his neighbour’s 12 year-old is being subjected to vicious verbal abuse. Does the mandatory reporting obligation apply to Ron when he is off duty?
  1. What might occur should a health professional fail to notify authorities of a firm and well-founded suspicion of child abuse that they were able to form while going about their official duties?
  1. In South Australia, to whom should you report your suspicions of abuse or neglect? [To answer this question visit: https://www.decd.sa.gov.au/child-protection/reporting-child-abuse rather than citing your textbook]

8.‘In Western Australia it is not an offence for nominated professionals to fail to report suspicions of child abuse’. Is this statement true or false, and in either case what supports your answer?

  1. When you are off duty and report a suspected case of child abuse or neglect to the appropriate authority, does the Children’s Protection Act 1993 (SA) offer you any protection from liability?

10.‘Only an employee of the appropriate child welfare service is empowered to remove children from a dangerous situation’. Is this statement true or false and in either case what supports your answer?

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