An abuse charity is calling for legislation to make it a criminal offence to fail to report suspected or known abuse.
Pete Saunders of The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (Napac) said:
Mandatory reporting is long overdue in this country. Parents will probably be shocked to learn that that such legislation does not already exist.
Staff who suspect abuse may report it, but face no sanction for failing to report.
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