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ADCS response: government response to the IICSA final report

John Pearce, ADCS President, said:

“Keeping children safe from abuse and exploitation in all its forms is a priority for children’s services and we work with our safeguarding partners to do this. The Inquiry has shone a light on sexual abuse and exploitation and the devastating impact it has on victims, their families and wider society and reporting has increased in recent years, perhaps in part to this profile. However, more work is needed to tackle the social and moral issues surrounding the root causes of abuse and exploitation together with the over sexualisation of children and young people in our society today.

“The government has accepted a number of recommendations set out in the final report from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. We believe the proposal for mandatory reporting needs careful consideration and it is important the call for evidence is thorough and any implementation is evidence based. Currently, the evidence does not suggest this offers greater protections for children or improves their outcomes, however, it could have the unintended consequence of overwhelming local services requiring a pivot away from the provision of help and support to assessment and investigation. The introduction of a similar duty in some parts of Australia led to a significant influx in contacts, most of which were unsubstantiated and there are also other international examples we can learn from. We believe the most common reason people do not report abuse and neglect is because they don’t recognise it for what it is. We need to ensure all professionals, and communities, are aware of the signs of child abuse and how best to raise concerns with the appropriate agency. We will fully engage with the detail of the government’s response and respond in due course to the call for evidence to help shape the reforms. Any new duty would need to be fully funded by central government, mandatory reporting could very significantly increase activity in children’s social care and work counter to the ambitions set out in the government’s reform agenda, Stable Homes, Built on Love.”

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