The IICSA has issued the following Press Release concerning its seminars on mandatory reporting.
2 August 2018
Further to the seminar on mandatory reporting on 27 September, the Inquiry is today announcing that it will hold a second seminar in April 2019. The first seminar will look 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 second seminar 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.
These two seminars will form just one part of wider work between now and the end of the Inquiry to look at this important issue. The Inquiry will carefully consider how reports of knowledge or suspicions of child sexual abuse are dealt with, and at how this might be improved. It will take into account evidence and information gathered in the course of its thirteen investigations, as well as working with the Inquiry Victims and Survivors Forum and looking at the experiences of reporting as shared through the Truth Project.
The first seminar will be held at the Inquiry’s Hearings Centre in Pocock Street, London and will be live streamed on our website. A full agenda and joining instructions for the public will be published in advance of the seminar.
Sexual abuse of children involves forcing or enticing a child or young person to take part in sexual activities. The activities may involve physical contact and non-contact activities, such as involving children in looking at, or in the production of, sexual images, watching sexual activities, encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways, or grooming a child in preparation for abuse including via the internet. Child sexual abuse includes child sexual exploitation. [Top]