Consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse ‘has been buried’
Home Office unenthusiastic about bringing in a system that it fears would lead to an increase in referrals, say campaigners
The Home Office has been accused of burying a long-awaited consultation that could recommend that people who work with children should be forced to report concerns of child abuse.
Documents seen by the Observer confirm that an impact assessment, necessary for the consultation to begin, was signed off last October. But the consultation, which concludes next month, did not begin until 29 July, the last day of parliament, when it was published along with 30 written statements.