Minister For Schools, Edward Timpson has confirmed that the government will launch a consultation shortly, exploring whether there should be a formal obligation to report child abuse.

The consultation is due to run for 12 weeks. Information received will be used to decide whether there is a need for further statutory measures in this area.

It is likely that the consultation will focus on specific professions who come into contact with children as part of their work. A new law in this area could make it a criminal offence for social workers not to report suspicions of abuse, and could include teachers, medical professionals, child care providers and the police.

Currently in America, 48 states subscribe to mandatory reporting.

We’ll share the consultation as soon as it’s published.