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If you are a professional working with families, children or adults, and you suspect child abuse or domestic violence, you must act in accordance with the Model Reporting Code Domestic Violence and Child Abuse (in Dutch). This protocol offers a five-stage plan detailing the best course of action. If you would like advice or want to report domestic violence or child abuse, you can contact your local or regional Safe at Home Centre Veilig Thuis (in Dutch).
Confidential grievance inspector for childcare
If you are a childcare centre employer who suspects an employee of (sexual) child abuse, you must contact a confidential grievance inspector with the Dutch Inspectorate of Education (Inspectie van het Onderwijs). They will also provide counselling to employees and parents.
Stricter regulations in 2019
As of 1 January 2019, stricter regulations will apply to the Model Reporting Code, so that if you start a help plan in a case of suspected child abuse, you must register this plan with Veilig Thuis in your province. And new professional codes of conduct will be introduced enabling professionals who work with children to decide for themselves when suspected child abuse has taken place.