Mandate Now is the pressure group that leads the agenda for the introduction of law requiring staff who work in ‘Regulated Activities’ to report suspected or even known abuse (sexual, physical and neglect) of children [and vulnerable adults] to the Local Authority. Mandatory reporting of known or suspected child abuse is a vital component of a functioning child protection system in institutional settings.
Mandate Now is supported by the largest coalition of survivor charities in England, Wales and Scotland which are members of ‘The Survivors Trust’. The membership base includes 114 survivor charities in England, 8 in Scotland, and 10 in Wales.
MandateNow has many supportive individuals who coalesce around the campaign. These include: social workers, local authority employees who are involved in children’s services and child protection, academics, teachers, Designated Child Protection Officers in Regulated Activities, safeguarding in sport specialists, early years staff, NHS personnel, barristers, parents, politicians from both Houses and importantly, adults who experienced abuse in childhood for whom Mandate Now employs the neutral noun ‘abusees.’
The founder of Mandate Now is Tom Perry who was the first complainant in the Caldicott School child abuse scandal. He was also the founding contributor of the 2008 BAFTA award winning documentary Chosen which first revealed the non-existence of law to protect children and staff in RA’s.
This unacceptable legal position was again brought to public attention during the BAFTA awards ceremony featured below, by co-contributor Alastair – take time bar to 5.40.
It was in 2005 that Tom, and another former pupil of Caldicott, started lobbying for changes to ‘statutory guidance’ which fails children and staff in all Regulated Activities. Mandatory Reporting is a critically important component to the creation of functioning child protection in these settings.