Mandatory reporting of child abuse in South Africa: Legislation explored

Melany Leonie Hendricks


Legislation concerning mandatory reporting of child abuse in South Africa has been in effect since 2010, with the promulgation of amendment 41 of 2007 to the Children’s Act of 2005. This article explores mandatory reporting legislation in an attempt to improve the reporting practices of healthcare professionals in South Africa.

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Melany Leonie Hendricks, Stikland Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa; Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University, Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa

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Mandatory reporting; Child abuse

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(8):550-552. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8110

Article History

Date submitted: 2014-02-25
Date published: 2014-06-19

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