Child in contact with sex offender

Follow this procedure when managing a report about a child in contact with a sex offender.

Introduction

This procedure applies when child protection receives a report about a child in contact with a person convicted of a sexual offence, including a person registered on the National Child Offender System (NCOS), formerly known as the Australian National Child Offender Register (ANCOR).

NCOS reports are also known as ANCOR reports.

See Children in contact with sex offenders – advice for additional information.

Procedure

These reports may be received on open or closed cases, or for children not known to child protection.

Only reports from police relating to persons on NCOS are registered in CRIS as ANCOR reports.

Case practitioner tasks

  • If a Victoria Police member makes a report about a child in contact with a registered sex offender, register the report on CRIS as reporter type ‘Police – ANCOR’.
  • If a person other than a Victoria Police member makes a report about a child in contact with a sex offender, register the report on CRIS as you would for any report. Notify the Victoria Police Sex Offender Registry of the allegation. Follow procedures for Receiving, registering and classifying a report.
  • Section 42D (2) CYFA enables police members to disclose to non-offending parents the registration status of registered sex offenders. If the reporting police officer advises the report is made under this section, ensure the area manager is aware of the report. This information needs to be considered when planning the investigation.
  • Gather information about the offender’s contact with the child from:
    • the Victoria Police compliance manager, and/or
    • the Sex Offender Registry.
  • Gather information from other critical sources such as:
    • obtaining a new or updated national police history check on the offender
    • obtaining the offender’s summary of charges from the Victoria Police Sex Offender Registry
    • making an information request to Corrections Victoria Specialist Offender Assessment and Treatment Service regarding an offender’s assessment and treatment history
    • obtaining the judge’s sentencing remarks for matters heard in the County Court or Supreme Court.
  • Review the file. If the victim is named in the sentencing remarks or the summary of charges material and that person is not the subject of the current report, ensure their name is not recorded in the CRIS record for the current report.
  • Initiate a report if you become aware that a sex offender is in contact with a child not included within an open report/case and notify the Victoria Police Sex Offender Registry.
  • Maintain confidentiality requirements.
  • Do not provide information about a person’s status as a sex offender to any person other than a protective intervener without the person’s consent, unless disclosure is required in a child's best interests.
  • Recommend a report classification for a new intake within three days of the date of the report according to the procedure for Receiving, registering and classifying a report.
  • Classify any first NCOS/ANCOR report on a child as a protective intervention report unless there is compelling evidence of safety for the child.
  • Consult a divisional or statewide principal practitioner and your team manager if you are considering closing the case without investigation.

Team manager tasks

  • Support the practitioner.
  • Classify any first NCOS/ANCOR report on a child as a protective intervention report unless there is compelling evidence of safety for the child.
  • Ensure that a principal practitioner is consulted regarding the decision during any phase to close a case where there has been a NCOS/ANCOR report. Following consultation, endorse case closure if appropriate.
  • Record the rationale for a closure decision on CRIS.

Divisional or statewide principal practitioner tasks

  • Consult with practitioners regarding the decision during any phase to close a case where there has been a NCOS/ANCOR report about the child. Endorsement of a principal practitioner and a team manager is required prior to closure in these cases.

Additional information

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