Why Lawyers Should Not Be Mandated Reporters Of Child Abuse

  • Matthew Atkinson University of South Australia
Keywords: mandatory reporting, child abuse, legal profession, ethics


This article comments on Vanessa Deverson’s article in this volume entitled ‘Child Abuse and Neglect: Mandatory Reporting and the Legal Profession’ which argues that lawyers should be mandated to report suspected child abuse and neglect. It argues that lawyers should not be required to report suspicions of child abuse or neglect. Part I offers a reflection on Deverson’s argument and Part II offers guidance on how lawyers should proceed in a responsible and ethical manner when confronted with child abuse and neglect.

Author Biography

Matthew Atkinson, University of South Australia
Managing Solicitor; Legal Advice Clinic; School of Law; University of South Australia