Vulnerable young people and the age of consent

CPD hours:
2

Laws in all states and territories of Australia recognise that in some circumstances, a person under the age of 18 years, is capable of consenting to sexual contact. Understanding how the laws interact with mandatory reporting requirements can cause confusion for those who are mandatory reporters.

All those working in healthcare can contribute to the protection of vulnerable young people by promoting their best interests and identifying when a young person is at risk of abuse, coercion, or exploitation.

By understanding how the laws operate and the principles to be applied, clinicians are better equipped to provide appropriate care and advice to young people.

This module compliments two other modules that are available:

  • 'Working with children: Identifying and responding to vulnerable children'
  • 'Working with vulnerable children: Mandatory reporting'.

It is recommended that participants complete the first module 'Identifying and responding to vulnerable children' prior to commencing this module. Then complete this series with the third module on mandatory reporting.

Note that when discussing child protection laws, the law refers to anyone under the age of 18 years as a ‘child’ or ‘minor’.

When discussing age of consent laws, the preferred terminology is to refer to ‘young people’.

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Understand the principles to apply in determining if a young person has the capacity to consent to sexual activity.
  • Know the applicable age of consent laws operating in your state or territory.
  • Understand the types of investigations and assessments that may be performed when considering whether a young person is competent to provide consent.
  • Be able to apply principles to decision-making in determining if a mandatory report is required.

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • This is learning objective 1.
  • This is learning objective 2.
  • This is learning objective 3.
  • This is learning objective 4.
  • This is learning objective 5.
  • This is learning objective 6.

Other modules to explore

See all modules

Any screen anytime

Fully responsive and optimised for use no matter what the screen size.

User dashboard

Ready access to all of the important functionalities of the LMS at your fingertips.

ePortfolio

All plans, documents and achievements in one single, secure, portal.

Single sign-on

Single sign-on through your website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.