Dr Ben Mathews is an Associate Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is Director of Research in the School of Law, and is a member of the Health Law Research Centre: http://www.hlrc.qut.edu.au/. His current major research areas involve law and children, focussing on law and child maltreatment, civil liability for child abuse, children and medical law, children’s rights, children’s health, cultural violence (including female genital mutilation) and law in school contexts.
In recent years Ben has explored the law, theory and practice of mandatory reporting laws. Ben has been involved in the two largest empirical studies of mandatory reporting in Australia: a study of Queensland nurses’ reporting of all types of child abuse and neglect; and a 3 year ARC study of teachers reporting child sexual abuse in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. Results of the ARC study informed changes to Queensland legislation and teacher training policy in two States. He has published on this topic in national and international journals with collaborators from Australia, the USA and Europe.