For the assistance of readers, here is a fast track link to our submission to the ‘Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect’ (2016) consultation which includes our draft legislation proposals, a forerunner of which assisted Baroness Walmsley secure the consultation.
‘The Church has some form of Mandatory Reporting’ (Peter Hancock – Lead Bishop for Safeguarding) | “Oh no it hasn’t!”
It’s panto season – is it ever not with Church of England Safeguarding ?
On the 14th July last year, Bishop Peter Hancock featured on BBC r4 Sunday programme which reported on IICSA’s final hearing into child abuse within the Anglican Church.
During the programme, which highlighted that Archbishops Welby and Sentamu both called for the introduction of statutory mandatory reporting Peter Hancock, the lead Bishop for safeguarding, in an ‘off-air’ exchange with the BBC journalist, said this:(more…)
Baroness Walmsley debates her amendment for the introduction of Mandatory Reporting of Child and Vulnerable Adult abuse supported by The Lord Bishop of Durham. The Church of England is defined as a Regulated Activity and supports the introduction of Mandatory Reporting
The amendment can be seen here Word Search ‘40C’ in browser search.
The NSPCC announced an alleged change of position on Mandatory Reporting on the Radio 4 Today programme. This was widely misreported as James of O’Brien of LBC discovered when he interviewed MandateNow just three hours later. Unfortunately the NGO did not issue a contemporaneous press release which merely contributed to the disorder :
Baroness Walmsley secured a debate on Child and Vulnerable Adult abuse the scale of which is understandably causing political anxiety. The Lord Bishop of Durham also spoke indicating his desire for for new legislation.
MandateNow interview with BBC Radio London on the need for Mandatory Reporting following the release of the Department of Health report into the activities of Savile authored by Kate Lampard (Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor).
The Department of Health released the Lampard review into the activities of Savile at Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor. Tom was invited to comment on child (and vulnerable adult) protection in these settings which it is claimed is much improved:
In the Queens Speech debate Baroness Walmsley (Lib Dem) said “We have recently seen reports in the media of suspicions of sweeping under the carpet and covering up historic child abuse “ Lady Walmsley is the Parliamentary Ambassador of the NSPCC which remains firmly against Mandatory Reporting in Regulated Activities (28.08.14.): http://www.theyworkforyou.com/lords/?gid=2014-06-09a.154.0
In the Address debate following the opening of Parliament Cheryl Gillan MP (C) spoke of the need to introduce Mandatory Reporting and the work of MandateNow. “Since 1950, the reporting of suspected and known abuse of a child by a member of staff at a school or location of a similar regulated activity has been entirely discretionary. Despite legislation in 2002, nothing has changed” : http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debate/?id=2014-06-04a.62.0
Having met Mr Gove on 27th February 14 and presented the case for Mandatory Reporting, Tom returned to Portcullis House and met with Tom Watson MP to discuss the importance of this legislation to a functioning child (and vulnerable adult) protection system.
Seven weeks later in topical questions to the Secretary of State for Education, Tom Watson asked about research into mandatory reporting which elicited a very positive reply from Mr Gove about the principle of mandatory reporting in Regulated Activities.