Government rejects mandatory reporting for reporting suspected child abuse 

Child holding love heartPractitioners will not be legally obliged to report suspected child abuse or neglect, because there is no evidence this will make children safer.

Following a consultation, the government has decided not to make reporting suspicions of child abuse mandatory.

NDNA, which responded to the government consultation, did not support the introduction of mandatory reporting or a duty to act. 

Purnima Tanuku OBE said: “We believe there is a lack of evidence that the proposals would improve protection for children.

“We were concerned that the changes proposed could lead to an increase in inappropriate referrals that risked overloading and weakening the child protection system.

“The present sanctions that apply to leaders and practitioners in full day care are sufficient to address negligence in reporting. Every childcare setting and practitioner understands that safeguarding is their first priority.”

Nearly 70% of those who responded to the consultation felt that mandatory reporting could have an adverse impact on the child protection system.

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