The Government baulks at introducing law that requires personnel in prescribed professions to report known and suspected child sexual abuse to the statutory authorities. The reasons have nothing to do with protecting children and a great deal to do with protecting the dysfunctional safeguarding framework.
In the next iteration of our proposed legislation, we are examining the extension of the mandate to include ‘a child at risk of significant harm’ which has positive implications for concerns arising that have some similarities to the Letby case. The terminology has long been part of safeguarding ‘statutory guidance’ which, unfortunately, is discretionary and dependent on whistleblowing for it to have any effect.
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s now lapsed private members bill as published is here.
Dr Henry Kempe, and paediatric colleagues in Colorado, identified ‘battered child syndrome’ in 1962. In 1972 the State of Colorado introduced the first model of mandatory reporting in the USA. All US States followed within five years. He was nominated for a Nobel award.
IICSA’s recommendation for MR is little more than a Potemkin village absent of any operating precedent. How did that happen?