NSPCC advocates child abuse reporting failures as a criminal offence

The NSPCC’s chief executive Peter Wanless is leading a review of how the Home Office has allegedly handled the historical allegations of child abuse by non-reporting and not acting on the allegations. 

The leading child rights protection organisation NSPC Campaigns towards prevention of child abuse.

His primary concern was for stricter laws that allow reporting of child abuse cases and instances to become mandatory.

Failure to do so should result in severe actions against the responsible authorities for child protection as well as being a criminal offence.

“What we’ve got to do is find a way that people protect children first and ensure their reputation is not the primary concern”, he explained.

Since there are no specific mandatory rules in UK about reporting of child abuse yet, there will, no doubt, be considerable debate as to whether a mandatory requirement for reporting will address the issue of institutional ‘cover-ups’, it is notable that the NSPCC had previously opposed all forms of mandatory reporting.

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