|Title:||Interagency Management of Children Under 14 Who are Diagnosed With a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0296/10|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 5 August 2010|
|Description:||This protocol has been updated to ensure consistency with Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Abuse in Children under 18 years of age and will continue to operate independently of the Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Abuse in Children under 18 years (OD 0185/09).|
|Framework:||Public Health Policy Framework|
|Period of effect:||from 6 August 2010 to 5 July 2015|
|Review date:||5 July 2015|
|Authorised by:||Dr David Russell-Weisz, Acting Director General, Department of Health WA, 28-Jul-2010|
|Print version:||View print version|
Interagency Management of Children Under 14 Who are Diagnosed With a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)
In response to recommendation 187 of the Gordon Inquiry, Operational Guidelines for Interagency Management of Children Under 14 who are Diagnosed with a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), and Children aged 14 and up to 16 Diagnosed with an STI Where there is Suspicion of Sexual Abuse (from now on referred to as the ‘Operational Directive’), were developed in 2004 between the Department for Child Protection (DCP), the Department of Health, Communicable Diseases Control Directorate (CDCD) and the Western Australian Police (WA Police).
This Operational Directive has been updated to ensure consistency with Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Abuse in Children Under 18 Years (OD 0185/09) and will continue to operate independently of the Mandatory Reporting of Sexual Abuse in Children Under 18 Years (OD 0185/09).
In all cases where a doctor, midwife or nurse forms a reasonable belief that sexual abuse has occurred, or is occurring, in a person under 18 years, a Mandatory Report must be made, regardless of STI status (for further information see OD 0185/09 Mandatory reporting of sexual abuse of children under 18 years).
STI Parallel Reporting
This Operational Directive involves parallel reporting of a confirmed STI in a child under 14 years. First, from CDCD to Central Office DCP and WA Police. Second, to avoid any potential for delayed reporting that might place a child at ongoing and serious risk, through independent referral by local health staff to local DCP on laboratory confirmation or on clinical diagnosis; DCP then reports to WA Police.
This Operational Directive includes:
Local Referral Processes
SYSTEMS TO MONITOR EFFECTIVENESS AND COMPLIANCE WITH THE OPERATIONAL DIRECTIVE
TRAINING AND REGULAR SUPPORT
Dr David Russell-Weisz
This circular last updated: Thursday, 5 August 2010 at 11:08am