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HoC Briefing Paper | ‘Child Protection: duties to report concerns’ | Our critical review of a flawed document

Our review is here

HoC Library asserts it’s a politically impartial research and information service for MPs and their staff. Yet serious questions arise with this briefing paper because it is based on incomplete research which omits evidence from other jurisdictions. These omissions cause the paper to provide an unintentionally misleading picture of this important subject.

October 26th, 2021|

Home Office: Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy 2021 | No strategy, few proposals and little money

A claim repeated by Home Secretaries of all stripes

The critique uses our default two column format to highlight the many shortcomings in the Home Office ‘strategy’ document. It has the appearance of a defence paper designed to assist government minimise/dismiss any meaningful recommendations made by IICSA in its final report expected during the first half of 2022.

Our critique is available here

October 5th, 2021|

Review of : “The Scale and nature of child abuse” by The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse | Its value is limited

Before commenting on the report which was released on 9th June 2021,  it is necessary to make you aware that the ‘Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse’  is entirely funded by the Home Office which is trenchantly against the introduction of well-designed mandatory reporting of known and suspected child sexual abuse by those working in Regulated Activities (“RA”).

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July 21st, 2021|

Is safeguarding in sport fit for purpose? Our written submission to the House of Lords Sport and Recreation Committee

Our now published written evidence dated 24 May 2021 is available here for download.

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June 13th, 2021|

Boarding Schools’ Association says it wants Mandatory Reporting | (as long as it doesn’t work)

In recent weeks the Sunday Times has run a series of articles about non-recent sexual and physical abuse in boarding schools. The articles stemmed from Louis de Bernières going public about the abusive time he had while a pupil at Grenham House in Birchington, Kent.

Here’s the first article, the second and the most recent from 02.05.21 is below:

Sunday Times 2 May 2021
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May 8th, 2021|

Scotland : Child abuse victims are still going undetected  || Yet Scottish academics still mistakenly reject mandatory reporting

On 22nd October 2020 an article by Dr Sarah Nelson of the Centre for Research for Families and Relationships appeared in The Scotsman.

The Scotsman 22.10.20. You can read the article here

The reader is informed :

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November 11th, 2020|

The Whyte Review – some considerations.

It is hoped the Whyte Review reveals abuses and safeguarding shortcomings within gymnastics and makes appropriate recommendations. That said it’s important to appreciate the limitations of such reviews. Unlike a statutory inquiry no clubs or coaches can be compelled to provide evidence. Recommendations Anne Whyte QC makes might or might not be adopted by the sports bodies in question. Those that are adopted then have to be delivered, sustained and enforced by the very organisations under whose umbrella the shortcomings occurred. We highlight some further challenges below and hope when it concludes gymnasts consider it a success.

Here is some background …..

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October 15th, 2020|

Mandate Now observations on Law in Sport article about mandatory reporting for sport

The Law In Sport article was published on 30th July 2020. Mandate Now was sent a link by a social media follower who correctly thought it would interest us. It’s author Richard Bush is an Associate in Bird & Bird’s Sports Group, We have interpolated our comments into his article below using this ‘comment’ format in italics. All photographs and sound files form part of our commentary.

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August 3rd, 2020|

Index of News Articles

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.

Index of News Articles

HoC Briefing Paper | ‘Child Protection: duties to report concerns’ | Our critical review of a flawed document26/10/2021
Home Office: Tackling Child Sexual Abuse Strategy 2021 | No strategy, few proposals and little money05/10/2021
Home Affairs Committee: CSE and the response to localised grooming10/06/2013
HMIC’s review into allegations and intelligence material concerning Jimmy Savile 1964 and 201211/03/2013
Debate on the Address – [1st day] | Cheryl Gillan MP – Mandatory Reporting04/06/2014
Cheryl Gillan MP (C) – Today raised key questions about #CSAinquiry in Topical Questions to the Leader of the House04/12/2014
This is probably the most difficult speech I have ever made | Tackling Child Abuse | Best speech LD Conference 201505/10/2014
Baroness Walmsley’s Policy debate for introduction of Mandatory Reporting is approved at Lib Dem Conference05/10/2014
Caldicott School - Trials and Outcomes06/02/2014
MandateNow speaks with James O’Brien of @LBC Mandatory Reporting, child protection, and the state of the #CSAinquiry06/11/2014
Ian Lee of BBC Three Counties Radio discusses the Wright trial (Caldicott School) with Tom Perry07/02/2014
Baroness Walmsley in her debate on : Children and Vulnerable Adult Abuse08/07/2014
Queens Speech debate House of Lords 3rd Day - Mandatory Reporting 09/06/2014
Iain Dale @LBC to Harriet Harman: would you back a statutory inquiry? Erm ….. She then adopts the flawed Home Office position09/12/2014
Cheryl Gillan MP secures a meeting with for MandateNow with Michael Gove10/02/2014
Whatever happened to the @NSPCC? It wanted to talk, then on receiving the draft agenda fell silent.12/07/2014
Child abuse needs mandatory reporting to create a high-risk environment for paedophiles: Independent March 201501/03/2015
The civil service dominated #IICSA : still not communicating despite representations01/10/2015
Successive Govts Flee Mandatory Reporting on the Mistaken Grounds of Cost02/03/2015
Mandatory Reporting Laws and the Identification of Severe Child Abuse and Neglect02/06/2015
More than 200,000 people call for mandatory reporting of child abuse.02/12/2015
Prime Ministers reaction to Oxford #CSE report – law for Wilful Neglect. It’s inadequate as #MN explains on #bbcpm03/03/2015
Regulated Activities are petri dishes for abuse – Mandate Now on preventing child abuse scandals09/03/2015
Letters in Support of Bishop Peter Ball Make Extraordinary Reading. Here in Full01/01/2016
Mandate Now: Putting the spotlight on UK child abuse01/02/2016
MN Response to Option 3 of MR Consult: Duty to Act in relation to child abuse and neglect02/10/2016
New Research: Impact of Mandatory Reporting Law : A Seven year Longitudinal Analysis03/05/2016
Mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse are essential for kids and society: Professor Ben Mathews03/09/2016
Signs the Government is increasingly panicked over calls for the introduction of Mandatory Reporting – #FAabuse04/12/2016
Labour Party Submission to MRconsult. Good Objectives but Muddled Thinking05/12/2016
Mandate Now Submission to Consultation: Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect06/10/2016
Are These the Official Spokespeople for IICSA?07/09/2016
Mandatory Reporting of Known and Suspected Abuse: Guardian and Observer Articles June 201608/06/2016
A Review of: MR law on reporting and identification of CSA: A seven year time trend analysis08/06/2016
Consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse ‘has been buried’ | Observer 4.09.1609/09/2016
West Berks SCB – The Unconvincing Serious Case Review into Child Sexual Abuse at Kennet School01/02/2017
Bishop of Bath + Wells Faces a Morton’s Fork over MR. CofE Imagineers Attempt to Conceal ‘U’ Turn02/05/2017
IICSA Chair responds to stinging Times article with a flurry of meaningless statistics03/11/2017
Australian Royal Commission data comparison with Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse03/11/2017
Child Protection in Football – An article in The Independent reliant on hearsay and hope06/03/2017
Church of England Safeguarding is Dysfunctional and Can Have No Reliance Placed Upon It | A Review by Mandate Now02/03/2018
Mandatory Reporting Consultation : Government decides on costly retention of the failing status quo06/03/2018
Mysterious Omissions from the IICSA Report into Ampleforth and Downside10/08/2018
Oral question 1. HoL 10/9/18 : Report of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse regarding safeguarding failures at Downside and Ampleforth schools11/09/2018
Top 10 Myths About Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church (Psychology Today) 1/8/19 and a reply from Tim Lennon the President of SNAP
04/08/2019
The Disclosure and Barring Service isn’t working reliably. How are unmade ‘mandatory’ referrals to the DBS discovered?10/06/2019
IICSA Anglican Hearing 3/7/19 – Observation about the work being undertaken by the Social Care Institute of Excellence for the Church of England10/07/2019
Mandate Now observations on Law in Sport article about mandatory reporting for sport03/08/2020
Scotland : Child abuse victims are still going undetected  || Yet Scottish academics still mistakenly reject mandatory reporting11/11/2020
Boarding Schools’ Association says it wants Mandatory Reporting. (as long as it doesn’t work)08/05/2021
The Mandate Now Response to: NSPCC policy position against Mandatory Reporting13/01/2014
NSPCC Statement about Mandatory Reporting on the r4Today programme13/01/2014
NSPCC Whistling Home Office Tune to Child Protection Inertia13/02/2015
Victims and Survivors Consultative Panel (VSCP) – what is it for?13/04/2015
Is safeguarding in sport fit for purpose? Our written submission to the House of Lords Sport and Recreation Committee13/06/2021
MandateNow response to @NSPCC July policy briefing: Strengthening duties on professionals to report child abuse13/09/2014
Still no reliance can be placed on Stoke Mandeville Child Protection Procedures despite #Savile + Salmon #CSAinquiry14/02/2015
Govt Secures NSPCC Support for Child Protection Proposal Designed to Fail14/11/2016
IICSA Seminar 12.04.17 was Misinformed About Mandatory Reporting by UCLAN Assessment15/05/2017
SERIOUS CRIMES BILL 3rd Day15/07/2014
Where is the outcome of the Consultation – Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect15/09/2017
The Whyte Review – some considerations 15/10/20
Confused Football Association safeguarding policy fails children15/12/2016
‘The Church has some form of Mandatory Reporting’ (Peter Hancock – Lead Bishop for Safeguarding) | “Oh no it hasn’t!”16/01/2020
A Lengthening List of Independent Schools Confused over Child Protection16/03/2016
Article in Community Care Magazine about Mandatory Reporting and the Whereabouts of the Consultation16/07/2016
Addenbrooke’s Hospital – Dr Myles Bradbury16/09/2014
CEOP Thematic Assessment The Foundations of Abuse: A thematic assessment of the risk of CSA by adults in institutions16/10/2013
Letter from Mandate Now to the @UKHomeOffice 7/2/15 regarding the ToRs and Scope of the #CSAinquiry18/02/2015
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse: Malcolm Underhill Speaks to Tom Perry of Mandate Now19/01/2016
The Chair of the National Safeguarding Panel @churchofengland attempting to sell a counterfeit suggestion that mandatory reporting exists within the Church.19/03/2019
Where is the MR seminar IICSA? A letter sent 19/4/18 from lawyers acting for Core Participant abusees to Professor Jay19/04/2018
Key Speeches from HoL Debate 15.12.16 : Allegations of child sexual abuse within football clubs19/12/2016
Mandate Now and NSPCC met on 29/6/15 to explore our Contrasting Positions on Mandatory Reporting20/07/2015
BBC Child Protection Policy. Perfectly Legal but Useless21/01/2016
The Labour opposition amendment to the Serious Crimes Bill designed to allegedly introduce #MandatoryReporting – Doesn’t.21/02/2015
The cut n’ paste safeguarding policy at Crewe Alexandra Football Club needs to be scrapped. Here’s why21/03/2019
#MR Bill Underway for USA Athletes following Senate Hearing and Grey-Thompson Now Wants It21/04/2017
Review of : “The Scale and nature of child abuse” by The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse | Its value is limited21/07/2021
Mothers of Prevention | Organised Child Sexual Exploitation – Sunday Times Magazine 30/9/07 by Julie Bindel21/08/2018
The Labour #MR amendment to the Serious Crimes Bill is debated tomorrow. @SkyNews interview22/02/2015
How much does Barnardo’s really care for vulnerable children? | Why did it sign an Independent Advocacy Contract with the Youth Justice Board at Medway in which it agreed to not refer child protection concerns to Local Authority?22/02/2019
Remaining silent about child abuse can’t be an option – Times Scotland 21.9.1922/08/2019
Letter to IICSA from multiple signatories following the presentation by the Department for Education to the MR Seminar (1) 27.9.1822/10/2018
Two research papers on #MRCA by Dr Ben Mathews of QUT with one stemming from @CARoyalComm Australia | #CSAinquiry22/11/2014
HoC debate on NC 17 Opposition Amendment to introduce alleged #MandatoryReporting23/02/2015
Spectator article Against Mandatory Reporting: A Blizzard of Ill-informed Comment23/06/2016
MandateNow response to an @Barnardos statement on Mandatory Reporting of 18th September 201423/09/2014
No Reliance can be Placed on a Report Used by Academics and others to Dismiss Mandatory Reporting – here’s why23/11/2015
Tom Watson MP questions Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove about Mandatory Reporting24/03/2014
Michael Gove : ‘Victim of abuse made a ‘compelling’ case for mandatory reporting’24/03/2014
Mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse are essential for kids and society: Professor Ben Mathews24/03/2017
The Impending Mandatory Reporting Consultation; the dynamics RA abuse and NSPCC understanding of it24/10/2015
Update – IICSA / CA Royal Comm data comparison24/12/2018
Cardinal Vincent Nichols r4Sunday 21/4/19. Child abuse – a straight answer to a straight question is outside the Cardinal’s repertoire25/04/2019
Mandate Now Review of : Summary of consultation responses and Government action following #MRconsult25/09/2018
Alternative Perspective on NSPCC – closing ‘Loopholes in Sport’ VictoriaLIVE 26.1.1726/01/2017
Department of Health release the report by Lampard – BBC interview (Savile abuses) 26/06/2014
Review of Option 2 of MR Consult: Introduce a Mandatory Reporting Duty in Relation to Child Abuse26/09/2016
House of Lords 28.10.14 | Serious Crimes Bill Amendment 43 [ Mandatory Reporting ] – Report 2nd Day26/10/2014
Hear no evil, see no evil: observations on a paper presented by Prof Munro and Dr Fish to CA Royal Commission26/10/2015
NSPCC – ‘The Dog Ate My Transcript’: the very odd occurrences following a debate on #MandatoryReporting27/01/2015
Lawn Tennis Association Safeguarding remains dysfunctional 27/01/2019
Recent Coverage Media Contributions around The Disappointing DoH Lampard Review Published on 26/2/1527/02/2015
Department of Health Report (Savile) Kate Lampard27/06/2014
Mandate Now Submission to Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse – #MRseminar (1) 27/9/1827/09/2018
Stanbridge Earls School: the saga continues. Ofsted got it repeatedly wrong, now the Charity Commission. Who next?27/10/2015
Abuse in Football – that sofa on VictoriaLIVE and the positive impact It could have on safeguarding27/11/2016
Sir Keir Starmer former DPP – “the case for mandatory reporting of #CSA is now overwhelming”28/08/2014
CSAInquiry : INDEPENDENT PANEL INQUIRY INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE | Panel Statement | November 26 201428/11/2014
It’s inconceivable IICSA will not recommend well-designed Mandatory Reporting. But must we wait until 2021?28/12/2019
Surrey Police Operation Outreach Report – Activities of Savile at Duncroft School | At least 22 Pupils Abused29/04/2015
House of Lords 28.10.14 | Serious Crimes Bill Amendment 43 [ Mandatory Reporting ] – Report 2nd Day29/10/2014
Yvette Cooper calls for change to law after abuse scandal30/08/2014
The hope offered in the Home Secs Statement to HoC on 4/2/15 has been replaced by a bunker mindset at IICSA30/10/2015
Here are the 779 submissions made to the 2016 ‘Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect’ consultation. Councils, Royal College’s healthcare, education, faith, NGO’s and similar31/01/2020
February 27th, 2020|

Here are the 779 submissions made to the 2016 ‘Reporting and Acting on Child Abuse and Neglect’ consultation. Councils, Royal College’s healthcare, education, faith, NGO’s and similar

The Information Commissioner’s Office ruled in our favour against the Home Office requiring it to provide us with the submissions to the MR consultation.

The submissions provide useful information, but it’s a depressing picture of sparse safeguarding understanding in so many Regulated Activities. It is the Department for Education which is responsible for the disrepair and dysfunction within the safeguarding framework that fails staff, children and their parents. The framework’s design emerged from social work practice, dominated as it is by familial neglect and its consequences. The resulting thicket of confusion was then misapplied to strategically important and complex Regulated Activities in a thoughtless ‘one size fits’ all approach. As data reveals these settings require the legislative foundation of well-designed MR.

Like us you may find many of the responses from professional bodies quite inexplicable.

Surprisingly perhaps, no National Governing Bodies of sport made a submission to the consultation. Why not? Neither did the Catholic Church or the Church of England with the exception of the Diocese of Canterbury (see #556 and the answer to Q7), and it’s worth reading.

To use the data, we suggest you click on ‘Index of Consultation Responses’ and either scroll through or word search what you are looking for. Then open ‘consultation responses’ and go to the corresponding index number.

Index of Consultation Responses

Consultation Responses

January 31st, 2020|