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Mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse

Mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse - Seminar 2 - Arguments for and against

Seminar

Mandatory reporting is a legal requirement to report knowledge or suspicions of a crime to a designated authority. These seminars will examine existing obligations to report child sexual abuse, and the pros, cons and practical considerations of mandatory reporting.

Mandatory reporting seminar 1 - Existing obligations to report child sexual abuse

This seminar looked at existing obligations to report child sexual abuse in England and Wales, and at the experiences of other countries where mandatory reporting legislation exists.

The morning session explored how existing obligations to report differs across professions and institutions, and whether these are adequate to protect children from sexual abuse. The afternoon session considered how mandatory reporting laws operate in a number of countries outside England and Wales, and any impact these laws may have had on preventing and responding to child sexual abuse.

The seminar was held at the Inquiry's hearing centre at 18 Pocock Street, London, SE1 0BW.

Further information about the seminar, including the agenda and transcript, is available below.

Mandatory reporting seminar 2 - Arguments for and against

This seminar will be held on 30 April 2019 and will consider the arguments for and against the introduction of mandatory reporting legislation in England and Wales, and the practical considerations involved in introducing such a law.

Further information about this seminar will be added to this page in due course.

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