Protection of children

All health staff have an obligation to act on behalf of any child whom they believe is at risk of or is being, abused or neglected. 

The Statewide Protection of Children Coordination Unit (SPOCC) supports staff to fulfil their professional and ethical obligations to recognise, respond to and report concerns of child abuse and neglect to the Department of Communities.

Statewide Protection of Children Coordination Unit (SPOCC)

SPOCC leads the development of policy and initiatives to support the protection of children, health needs of children in care and prevention of child abuse and neglect. SPOCC works with the WA health system statewide to support staff to meet their obligations to recognise, respond and report child abuse and neglect by providing training, guidelines and consultations.

It achieves this through: 

  • providing training, consultation, policy development, information and on line resources 
  • developing, promoting, strengthening and evaluating processes between agencies that support the protection of children, the health needs of children in care and the reduction of child abuse and neglect 
  • ensuring WA health system Mandatory Reporters of Child Sexual Abuse, understand their legislated duties to report child sexual abuse. 

Last Updated: 25/11/2019