CONTACT MANDATE NOW
MandateNow is a pressure group that seeks the introduction of law requiring and supporting staff who work in ‘Regulated Activities’ to report concerns about the welfare of children [and vulnerable adults] to the Local Authority. Mandatory reporting of suspected or known child abuse is a vital component of a functioning child protection system.
Mandate Now has two spokespeople : Anne Lawrence, Tom Perry.
On 28th October 2014 the government through Lord Bates ceded the consultation on mandatory reporting during the Serious Crimes Bill debate .
The ‘delay clock’ finally stopped on 21st July 16 when the Government commenced the consultation. The announcement was buried in multiple statements released to the House on the day the Parliamentary recess commenced. It also coincides with the start of the holiday season when Education, the largest Regulated Activity, is away for six weeks.
In her letter to the Times published today, complaining about an article by Sean O’Neill published on 1/11/17 titled ‘Child Sex Abuse Inquiry in £1m advertising campaign,’ Professor Alexis Jay, Chair of the IICSA inquiry, resorts to a flurry of statistics that mean little to anyone – until now.
Professor Jay feels the need to defend the reputation of IICSA following Sean O’Neill’s article on 1/11/17.
Her letter is mostly statistical which will mean little to most readers because no one until now has had a datum from which any understanding, indicators or conclusions can be drawn.
For some time Mandate Now has been working to correct the vacuum. Coinciding with Professor Jay’s letter we can today provide data from Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which is due to report in December 2017. Set up in 2013, one year before its English equivalent, the data comparisons between the two inquiries, which is available here, will enable you to ask cogent questions of IICSA. There is no accompanying commentary from us and no attempt to influence.
Tom Perry who is quoted in the Times article of 1/11/17, assembled the data and is available for interview.
IICSA attempted to have a letter published on 2/11/17, but broke exclusivity rules by first publishing it on its website. It was quickly removed. Curiously, a statistical anomaly has appeared between the withdrawn version and today’s. The original letter claims that 515 people have attended the Truth Project. However, today’s letter using different language says: ‘700 people have been through the Truth Project’ – that’s an increase of 36% in 24 hours. The key word is ‘attended’ i.e. in person. The lack of clarity is noteworthy.
- The NSPCC suggestions for changes to the DBS system will only protect children from abusers who are already known.
- The shortcomings arising from the DBS being relaxed in 2012, which can permit ‘barred’ people to work with children periodically if they are supervised, was debated in the House of Lords during the passage of the Protection of Freedoms Act in November 2011 by two peers with distinguished sporting backgrounds. Why only now has the NSPCC alighted on this issue? Should it not have been raising this point and objecting to the legislation when it was going through Parliament?
- The NSPCC proposal to extend duty of care to 16 and 17 year olds, which already exists in education, is a sound principle. It will though have a limited effect in practice because data [Characteristics Children in Need 2014-15 Table A3 – https://goo.gl/TDiFgq ] indicates the proportion of children suffering abuse or neglect (both sexes) in this age group is 14% while in the younger group, which is already included within the scheme in ‘statutory guidance’ it is 86%. (Statutory guidance is discretionary)
FA ‘Grassroots Football Safeguarding Children’ Policy
With this much confusion in the FA’s approach to child protection, it will be no surprise to discover that much abuse in football continues to go unreported.” says Tom Perry of Mandate Now, the pressure group which leads the agenda for the introduction of Mandatory Reporting of known and suspected abuse in ‘Regulated Activities’ including sport.
In advance of today’s debate in the House of Lords ‘Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse within football clubs’ Lord Addington (Estimated start 14.00), Mandate Now has reviewed the FA’s ‘Grassroots Football Safeguarding Children Policy’ and in addition the child protection template for club usage.
A petition with more than 200,000 signatures from pressure group Mandate Now that seeks the introduction of law requiring staff working with children to report known and suspected abuse is delivered to No.10 tomorrow 2/12/15. Cheryl Gillan MP will later present it on the floor of the House of Commons
The petition calls for the introduction of a mandatory reporting law that supports staff who work in ‘regulated activities’ which include schools, care homes, religious organisations, sports organisations and healthcare trusts; to report suspected or known abuse of a child to the Local Authority for independent assessment. (more…)
Still no reliance can be placed on Stoke Mandeville Child Protection Procedures despite #Savile + Salmon #CSAinquiry
When the Lampard ‘Lessons Learned’ report and the report into the Savile’s abuse at Stoke Mandeville are released shortly – the Minister will likely claim ‘everything is different now.’ It’s not and here’s why.
“Schools are no safer now than they were 50 years ago”, say Caldicott abuse survivors.