The consultation that was promised in May by former Minister For Schools, Edward Timpson looking into whether there should be a legal duty on child welfare professionals to report suspected child abuse and neglect, has today been launched.
The press release explains that the consultation entitled, “Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect“, has been designed to:
Set out the government’s wide-ranging programme of reform to provide better outcomes for vulnerable children. It seeks views on the possible introduction of one of 2 additional statutory measures:
- a mandatory reporting duty, which would require certain practitioners or organisations to report child abuse or neglect if they knew or had reasonable cause to suspect it was taking place
- a duty to act, which would require certain practitioners or organisations to take appropriate action in relation to child abuse or neglect if they knew or had reasonable cause to…
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