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Government consults on mandatory reporting of child abuse

New statutory duties would not apply to general public

The Home Office and Department for Education have launched a consultation seeking views about whether it is necessary to introduce one of two possible new legal requirements focused on reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect in addition to the Government's programme of whole system reforms.

The consultation covers all forms of suspected and known child abuse and neglect. The new statutory duties under consideration would not apply to the general public. They would not apply retrospectively to cases that occurred prior to their introduction. This consultation also seeks views on whether the scope of these possible changes should extend to vulnerable adults.

This consultation is open to the public. The government is particularly interested to hear from children and young people; social care, education, criminal justice, and healthcare practitioners; the police; and from victims and survivors of child abuse.

The consultation starts on 21 July 2016 and will run for 12 weeks, concluding on 13 October 2016.

For the consultation document, click here.