Section 26 of the Care and Protection of Children Act (the CPCA) imposes a legal responsibility on every person in the Northern Territory to report child abuse and neglect and cases where a child has been or is likely to be the victim of a sexual offence.
Under section 26(1) of the CPCA every person in the NT must make a report to either the NT Department of Families and Children, or Police, if they believe on reasonable grounds that:
a) any child aged less than 18 years has suffered or is likely to suffer harm or exploitation
b) any child less than 14 years has been or is likely to be a victim of a sexual offence
c) any child aged less than 18 years has been or is likely to be a victim of a sexual offence under section 128 of the Criminal Code Act * where the child is under the offender’s special care (see Explanatory Note Number 6 below).