This month for our column over at Jordans we look at the government’s intention to look into making reporting of child abuse a legal duty. We explain what a duty to report might look like, the kind of language that might be used to outline that responsibility, who might be required to report, and the potential consequences of failing to report.

We also look to emerging research which has begun to give an interesting, if complex picture of how mandatory reporting has impacted child protection work and vulnerable children at risk of abuse.

Making the case both for and against compulsory reporting, we ask whether the real question is not should the government make it illegal to stay silent about child abuse, but rather can the child protection sector take on any more policy and legislation before significantly reforming itself?

You can catch our article here.