FSRH submission to the Government’s consultation on Reporting and acting on child abuse and neglect

Posted 13 October 2016

Date: 13 Oct 2016

Type: FSRH Consultation Responses

Author: FSRH, External Affairs Team

FSRH responds to the Government’s consultation on introducing statutory reporting measure on child abuse and neglect in addition to the child protection system reforms

In this submission, FSRH highlights that many of its members routinely work with young people to address their sexual and reproductive healthcare (SRH) needs and work hard to cultivate an environment of trust where young people feel comfortable making disclosures that may extend beyond their sexual and reproductive health and concern their wider safety.

Consequently, as opposed to mandatory reporting, FSRH advocates the introduction of ‘duty to act’ as a statutory measure that would promote a more holistic and individualised approach to safeguarding.

Read the submission in full below.