The Time for a Child Abuse Helpline is Now (8-21st August 2016, page 12)
This article is pertinent, extremely important and timely.
Much more could be done right now to stop children being abused.
Peter says: "Why should we sit back and wait for the law to change when steps could be taken right now to help identify people who abuse those most precious to us?"
Currently there is no law in England for nursery practitioners to report suspected or actual abuse but there is in Ireland and many other countries around the world, namely Australia and many States in the USA who already operate a dedicated child abuse helpline.
See Mandate Now http://mandatenow.org.uk/
Many of us dedicated campaigners have been rattling on about this for decades, I even tried to include it in my article in Nursery World on "Grooming of Children" a while back but was advised by the journalist that nursery practitioners et al had a "duty of care" to report abuse as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is statutory guidance. I have to point out that yes, it is statutory but currently there is no law or legal obligation for any practitioner to report abuse of any kind that would trigger a criminal prosecution (thankfully, just as my dear colleague, Perter Garsden points out very clearly in his article.)
On 21st July 2016 the Government launched a consultation into Mandatory Reporting, find the consultation here:
Please go to the consultation and complete with your honest views and thoughts in respect of keeping all future children entirely safe (to the best of our abilities) from all forms of abuse.
Peter also advises in his article that: "Unfortunately, there is also no reason to think that paedophile rings operating in institutional settings are merely a thing of the past. Career paedophiles are organised and persistent and their actions do not happen in isolation."
Paedophiles cross every walk of life; they are not the man in the dirty mac behind the shed. They are usually charming and likeable, often known to the victim and close to the family and extended family. That is how they get away with their crimes and this is how they "groom" the victim and all those around the victim.
Familial abuse is prevalent and leads to children being taken away from families and put into institutions where they are often abused all over again. Paedophilia and paedophile rings are organised crime and lead to trafficking of children and exploitation.
Read my blog posts on: Grooming, Coercion, Gaslighting and Consent
Books that will educate you:
Watch my talk here: https://vimeo.com/176197138
N.B. Peter Garsden is a partner at Simpson Miller Solicitors and
President of The Association of Child Abuse Lawyers