English law does not currently require mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect. A consultation published in July by the Home Office and Department for Education seeks comments on the introduction of mandatory reporting or a duty to act. Responses are due tomorrow, 13 October, at noon.
The consultation considers the current reporting position, recommended changes and the pros and cons of mandatory reporting. That exists in many jurisdictions and in the UK already exists in cases of female genital mutilation. The consultation also considers introduction of a duty to act. This takes principles developed in connection with wilful neglect offences in relation to healthcare and adult social care and considers if they should be extended to child protection. This is of relevance to any organisation which cares for and is involved with children or vulnerable adults.
Responses are required from any interested party by 12 noon on 13 October. The consultation can be found at www.gov.uk
Paula Jefferson, Partner