England: Failure to Report Child Abuse to be Illegal

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  • notsurewheretogo

    About time.


    People who work with children in England will be legally required to report child sexual abuse or face prosecution under government plans.

    The move - which is subject to a consultation - was recommended last year by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

    The home secretary told the BBC she wanted to correct one of the "biggest national scandals".

    Suella Braverman is expected to set out more details in the coming days.

    In its final report last October, the IICSA called the scale of abuse in England and Wales "horrific and deeply disturbing".

    Around 7,000 victims of abuse provided testimonies to the seven-year inquiry, which was set up in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal.

    It recommended prosecutions for anyone working with children who failed to report indications of sexual abuse.

    'Turned a blind eye'

    Ms Braverman told the BBC's Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg show that in towns around the country, "vulnerable white girls living in troubled circumstances have been abused, drugged, raped, and exploited" by networks of gangs of rapists, which she said were "overwhelmingly" made up of British-Pakistani males.

    "Some councillors, senior politicians, in Labour-run areas over a period of years absolutely failed to take action because of cultural sensitivities, not wanting to come across as racist, not wanting to call out people along ethnic lines.

    "The authorities aware of these problems have turned a blind eye and roundly failed to take the right action," she said.

    She said she was just being honest - but Labour's Tracy Brabin, mayor of West Yorkshire, called it a "dog whistle".

    Labour's shadow levelling-up secretary Lisa Nandy said that in the cases of Rochdale and Rotherham, "the reports were clear there were politicians and officers who didn't report sometimes for fear of political correctness".

    But she said: "The home secretary is an absolute joke to talk about turning a wilful blind eye, near complicit silence, and lack of action. She's basically describing herself."

    Ms Nandy said the number of convictions for child sexual exploitation had halved in the last four years. "People are waiting nearly two years on average just to get to court... there's no excuse for any more delays and inaction," she said.

    She said she had been calling for mandatory reporting for 20 years, and further criticised the government for consulting on its plans before adopting them. Ms Braverman "needs to come forward with actual measures to keep children safe in this country", Ms Nandy said.

    In an article written for the Mail on Sunday, Ms Braverman said she had "committed to introduce mandatory reporting across the whole of England".

    She referred to widespread abuse which plagued Rotherham for years - and wrote that crimes like abuse "create such a burning sense of injustice among the public" if they went unpunished.

    The "overwhelming majority" of safeguarding professionals, such as teachers and social workers, saw it as their "duty" to report signs of such offences, Ms Braverman wrote.

    But she said ministers had to take a tougher approach, to make sure that those who failed in their responsibilities faced the "full force of the law".

    She promised Prime Minister Rishi Sunak would set out further measures on Monday.

    The NSPCC said the plan to legally compel people to report abuse was a "step in the right direction", but that more work was needed in order to improve the understanding of who was at risk.

    It also said there needed to be an "overhaul" of support for those already suffering the consequences of abuse.

    The shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said Labour had called for such a policy for a decade and that ministers needed to set a timetable for when it would be implemented.

    The Liberal Democrats welcomed the move, but said the government must now clear the record backlog of cases in courts.

  • Diogenesister

    Well done Suella Braverman for sticking her neck above the parapet and telling the truth about who is, and has been, at risk and who the perpetrators have predominantly been. It's emphatically not about race either because Indian men are the same race, yet you don't find gangs of Hindu or Sikh men praying on care girls or runaways etc. These crimes have been going on since at least the early 90s to my knowledge. In 2001 a 17 year old who had been in care up north told me she and her friend had been gang raped by a gang of Pakistani men. Set up by her Pakistani 'boyfriend', who went on to 'pimp' her at 15 on the Bristol "line" (frontline). A beautiful Welsh blonde she proudly told me she was called the "Don" of the line. I went to the bathroom to cry. She had reported it but it went nowhere. We organised sessions with a professional psychologist for her at the time. Her mother had been in prison throughout this and her father in the USA.

    Religion and sexual abuse seem to have quite a big correlation. In the case of vulnerable young white girls it was Muslim men but we know more sophisticated pedophiles target Witness groups - because the culture and watchtower policy keeps victims & their families silent through fear of shunning or "social exclusion".

    I just hope elders are deemed to be working with children. If they try to deny it we must pressure government to investigate congregational activities properly. Elders oversea activities and at the very least are the ones likely to be the first port of call for JW victims.

  • LoveUniHateExams

    All cases of child abuse must be reported, irrespective of the ethnicity of the perpetrators or the victims.

    The Asian grooming gangs got away with it for so long because people were scared of being called racist.

    Now, people must be fired from their jobs and be answering questions under oath in a court of law.

  • notsurewheretogo

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  • Fisherman
    Now, people must… or face prosecution

    NOW it’s illegal all of a sudden. Finally, what a relief. Funny how everybody got angry at people not reporting when it was perfectly legal to do so and not at the government. People are so funny.

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim

    They recently had an all day eldubs meeting.

    It was probably nothing more than a stunt to prepare the eldubs for a windfall of lawsuits and legal ramifications.

  • Fisherman

    to prepare the eldubs for a windfall of lawsuits and legal ramifications.

    Reporting is compulsory, therefore, jw must act within the bounds of law but law suits and legal ramifications were always a peril no matter what you do.

  • Vidiot
    Fisherman - “…Funny how everybody got angry at people not reporting when it was perfectly legal to do so and not at the government…”

    Don’t kid yourself.

    There’s been just as much outrage at the latter as there has been at the former.

    It’s just finally starting to have an effect, now.

  • cofty

    Everybody in Northern England knows about Pakistani grooming gangs and about the way the police and social services covered it up for years.

    The lefty Guardian-reading idiots will continue to blame normal people for noticing and dismiss them as deplorable racists. Labour used to be the party of the working class - for years now it has simply despised them.

    For anybody who is interested in an insightful critique of the modern Labour party and the attitudes of Noam Chomsky and his fans see 'What's Left' by Nick Cohen.

  • NotNew

    Good to know...you will now be punished for not doing the right thing! Everyone with an IQ above 70 knows what that is.

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