Mandate Now fronts a campaign for mandatory reporting on behalf of five charities, see ITV report of yesterday; these charities have petitioned successive governments for 10 years; their Change.org campaign for mandatory reporting began in March 2013.
Following the serious case review, we will make our petition for Daniel’s Law count at a time of critical media and public interest. We will then work with Mandate Now to ensure we achieve our common purpose and make reporting child abuse the law.
Mandatory reporting is long overdue in this country. Parents will probably be shocked to learn that that such legislation does not already exist. Staff who suspect abuse may report it, but face no sanction for failing to report…..As a result of non existence of law, staff who do report are whistleblowers and have no statutory protection when speaking out in the most challenging of circumstances.
– PETE SAUNDERS, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR PEOPLE ABUSED IN CHILDHOOD, (NAPAC)