510, 2021

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

October 5th, 2021|

A claim repeated by Home Secretaries of all stripes

The critique uses our default two column format to highlight the many shortcomings in this ‘strategy’ document. It has the appearance of having been designed to assist government minimise/dismiss any meaningful recommendations IICSA might make in its final report, the big ticket item being mandatory reporting, This is expected in 2022.

Our critique is available here

2107, 2021

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

July 21st, 2021|

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”).

1306, 2021

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

June 13th, 2021|

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

805, 2021

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

May 8th, 2021|

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
1111, 2020

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

November 11th, 2020|

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 :


1510, 2020

The Whyte Review – some considerations.

October 15th, 2020|

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 body 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 that British Gymnastics will publish annual safeguarding data to evidence how the review has impacted safeguarding and to give parents of future gymnasts the confidence to enrol their children in the sport.

Here is some background …..