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New legislation strengthens child sexual abuse laws

Last published on 06 Dec 2018 in News

Two new reforms are strengthening child sexual abuse laws.

The NSW Government is committed to addressing the failures exposed by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

A reform package has been created that seeks to address these shortcomings. The reform package includes a range of measures to better protect children and improve outcomes for survivors of child sexual abuse.

Two key reform changes that commenced in August 2018 are the failure to protect offence and failure to report offense. The failure to report offense applies to all adults in NSW.

These reform changes aim to reduce the risk of a child becoming a victim of abuse. Further related reforms began on 1 December 2018.

Read more about the reforms.

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