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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Child protection: a creaking system

The Government’s decision to introduce mandatory reporting of child protection concerns will be regarded by many as a landmark development. After decades of promises, there is now a legal duty on professionals who work with or have contact with children to report to social services any concerns they may have regarding a child’s welfare. The move sends a message to society that child welfare is of the utmost importance. However, there are growing concerns about whether the system is ready to cope with an expected surge in child protection reports.

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