Inquiry publishes summary of victims and survivors’ views on mandatory reporting

03 April 2019 – IICSA

The Inquiry published a summary of victims and survivors’ views on mandatory reporting on 03.04.2019

Members of the Inquiry’s Victims and Survivors Forum were asked whether they supported the introduction of legislation which would make the reporting of child sexual abuse a legal requirement in England and Wales.

A total of 130 responses were received, with the majority of 88.6% supporting the introduction of mandatory reporting. Many suggested the existence of such laws when they were abused might have meant their perpetrator was brought to justice.

The Inquiry is also set to hold a further seminar on mandatory reporting on 29-30.04.2019.

Taking place at the Inquiry’s hearing centre in Southwark, the seminar will consider arguments for and against the introduction of mandatory reporting laws, as well as the practical considerations involved.

An earlier seminar took place on 27.09.2018 and considered existing obligations to report child sexual abuse in England and Wales, as well as international models of mandatory reporting.

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