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Legal Nurse Consulting Program Article on Reporting Child Abuse in Nursing

Good article on nurses and their responsibilities with reporting signs of child abuse

Please also review our Legal Nurse Consulting Program

Please review our legal nurse consulting program

Please review our legal nurse consulting program

The article, What nurses need to know about raising suspicions of child abuse, by Alice Harrold states

“According to Department for Education (DfE) figures, in 2015/16 there were more than 50,000 children known to the Government in England as needing protection from abuse. In 2014/15, reported incidents of sexual offences against children rose by 38% and incidents of neglect by 10% on the previous year, according to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children’s (NSPCC) 2015 report, How safe are our children?

Under current legislation, however, there is no legal requirement for anyone working with minors in England, Wales or Scotland to report incidents of abuse and concerns to local authorities, children’s services or to the police. This has been the case for the past 60 years, during which time the majority of international policies have made such reporting mandatory.

Mandatory reporting is legislation that acknowledges the prevalence, seriousness and often hidden nature of child abuse and neglect, and enables early detection of cases that otherwise may not come to the attention of the authorities.

This article will examine whether the UK could benefit from this law across the board.”

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