Several times in recent months we have updated our draft legislation for the introduction Mandatory Reporting of known and suspected child sexual abuse by personnel working in Regulated Activities. Mandatory Reporting legislation is long overdue in England and Wales. We are out of step with the majority of jurisdictions in the rest of the world, 82% of which have some form of Mandatory Reporting.
IICSA will release its final report later this year. As we have stated previously we consider it inconceivable that the inquiry will fail to recommend well-designed Mandatory Reporting. The evidence demonstrates it’s a vital component of functioning safeguarding.
The law mandates Regulated Activity personnel to report known or suspected child sexual abuse on reasonable grounds while simultaneously protecting the reporter from detriment.