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Campaigner: NSPCC plan 'will protect very few children'

A campaigner for mandatory reporting of child abuse says the NSPCC's proposal to make it a crime not to report known abuse "will protect almost nobody".

Jonathan West of the Mandate Now coalition of charities, said: "It is our opinion that the NSPCC proposal will protect very few children. To make it a crime merely to report known abuse will protect almost nobody, because abuse is very rarely known with certainty."

"Until an investigation has been carried out, all you have is a suspicion," Mr West added.

Mandate Now wants to go further than the NSPCC proposals by making it a crime to not report suspected abuse as well as known abuse.

PM: 'May well be time' to change law on reporting abuse

David Cameron said "it may well be time" to change the law and make failing to report child abuse a criminal offence.

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions. Credit: PA

His comment comes after the NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said not mentioning abuse in order to save an organisation's reputation should be a crime.

Mr Cameron said at Prime Minister's Questions: "The Government is currently looking at that [changing the law] and of course both reviews will be able to examine this particular point and advise us accordingly. I think it may well be time to take that step forward."

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