The Home Office has finally revealed its thinking in this low-profile month long consultation from the 4th November until 30th November 2023.
The consultation makes proposals that, even according to the Home Office’s own impact statement, will deliver no improvement to safeguarding and importantly for the Government it seems, no discernible increase in referrals to the statutory agencies. The Home Office claims its proposal is “mandatory reporting” when in fact it is nothing of the sort. The claim eases the Government’s ability to sell it to a subject naïve public and assert it has fulfilled one of the key recommendations of the IICSA public inquiry.
Here is an extract from our submission:
As a consequence, it appears that government is prepared to leave abused children to their fate rather than take action that would lead to more crimes of child sexual abuse coming to the attention of the authorities.
This Home Office approach to safeguarding children is strikingly similar to this recent allegation made in the Covid inquiry: