IICSA, sacramental confession and mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse

On Thursday, IICSA published the final Report of the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse – October 2022. Recommendation 13 is on the introduction of mandatory reporting in England and Wales: that the UK and Welsh Governments bring forward:

“legislation which places certain individuals – ‘mandated reporters’ – under a statutory duty to report child sexual abuse where they:

    • receive a disclosure of child sexual abuse from a child or perpetrator; or
    • witness a child being sexually abused; or
    • observe recognised indicators of child sexual abuse.

The following persons should be designated ‘mandated reporters’: Continue reading