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Comment: Mandatory reporting of csa

John Pearce, ADCS President, said:

“Many professionals already face serious sanctions if they knowingly fail to pass on information about suspected abuse, and that is right. There is no evidence that mandatory reporting would provide greater protections for children or improve their outcomes. It is important that any potential unintended consequences are considered such as the risks of overwhelming the systems already in place to protect children and our staff. The introduction of a similar duty in Australia led to a significant increase in contacts, the majority of which were unsubstantiated and there are also other international examples we can learn from. If a mandatory reporting duty was introduced, it would need to be fully funded by central government. We await more details and will be responding to the call for evidence in due course.”


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