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How do proposals on mandatory reporting of abuse affect me?

Content warning: this post contains information about responding to reports of harm and abuse which some readers may find triggering. Please take care when reading.

safeguarding briefing Peter Wright
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One year on from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) the government has launched a consultation on proposals to deliver one of the Inquiry’s key recommendations: Mandatory reporting. But what does this mandatory reporting duty mean in practice for churches, who would it relate to, and what are some of the challenges to its implementation?