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 :
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:
Tom Watson MP, a supporter of Mandatory Reporting in Regulated Activities, made a statement in the House about the appalling safeguarding failures at Stanbridge Earls School in Hampshire and asked: “Will Ministers now urgently consider adequate research into the funding of mandatory reporting in regulated settings?”
Mr Gove replied: “I have had the opportunity, in a different context, to talk to one victim of abuse who, I have to say, made a compelling case for mandatory reporting in a regulated setting.”
On the 25th March the St Pauls + Colet Court child abuse case was reported in the Times and this article which you can read in full here, accompanied the piece.
Cheryl Gillan MP Chesham + Amersham and a signatory to our petition asked Mr Gove the following question:
‘The Secretary of State will be aware of the sentence handed out in Amersham Crown court last week to the former head teacher of the Caldicott preparatory school after years of abuse of children in his care. Will the Secretary of State join me in paying tribute to my constituent Mr Tom Perry, who was brave enough to speak out about his own abuse? Will he agree to meet Mr Perry and me to discuss the possibility of mandatory reporting, as Mr Perry believes it would better protect our children in the future?’ Mr Gove’s reply is in the link: http://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2014-02-10b.555.5#g560.6
The meeting with the Secretary of State occurred just 17 days later at the Department of Education.
Mandatory Reporting is essential in order to provide greater likelihood that child sexual abuse disasters such as Caldicott School are avoided. Tom speaks to Ian Lee at BBC Three Counties Radio the morning after sentencing of Peter Wright: