What does the future hold for children, vulnerable adults and adult survivors of abuse?(Educate)
Unlike many other countries, the UK does not have mandatory reporting of abuse. This means that if it is known or suspected that a child has been abused, the adult does not need to inform the carers/parents of the child or the authorities, leaving the child open to re-trauma and the perpetrator free to continue the abuse, putting other children at risk. There is no doubt that had this law been in place, high profile cases such as Baby P and Victoria Cilimbe would have been avoided.
Blue Coat school, Birmingham, Bishop Bell school, Eastbourne and St Benedict’s School in Ealing are just three of the high profile cases where known or suspected abusers were allowed to continue to work with children unsupervised, thus continue to abuse.
The coalition government have created several laws that remove accountability of abuse and better protect the abusers, leaving children more vulnerable, particularly in education settings. To ensure our future generation are protected, we will campaign to create legislation that protects children and better supports those who have been abused.
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