Principal Scott Ames will be participating in the LawSense’s ‘Law for Mental Health Practitioners: Child, Youth & Family‘ 2022 series on 18 August 2022, presenting the following topic:
Navigating Sexting, Online Offences and Cyber-Bullying: Understanding Your Obligations in Reporting, Providing Support and Note-Taking/Documentation
Sexting, Offences and Cyber-Bullying Update
- Reviewing your current laws dealing with sexting and other offences – when has an offence been committed? What laws apply to minors?
Obligations in Mandatory Reporting and Reporting to Police – Extent of Evidence Required and Grey Areas
- Understanding your obligations in responding to offences or suspected offences and bullying, including:
- Reviewing obligations to report to police and mandatory reporting obligations
- Exploring the nature and extent of evidence you should have before you consider reporting:
- are suspicions enough?
- can you rely on hearsay evidence?
- Understanding restrictions on you accessing and storing sexting material for the purposes of evidence
- Examining your obligations and options where the client/patient does not want the matter to be reported
Reviewing Options to Have Material Removed from Social Medial Platforms
- Reviewing the current policies and procedures of some popular platforms regarding complaints, removal of material or suspension of accounts
- Dealing with anonymous posts of difficulties identifying perpetrators
- Maximising the assistance from the eSafety Commissioner
Best Practice in Documenting Client Issues with Sexting, Online Offences and Cyber-Bullying
- Examining what information, you should seek and record
- Exploring key aspects of notes from conversations with the client/patient
- Copying and storing posts, pictures, messages, and other online material
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