The right to report

Social workers say a new bill stipulating that all suspected cases of child abuse be reported by children's groups will weaken already inundated services, writes Susan Mitchell.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
28th April, 2012
The right to report
Ineke Durville, spokeswoman for the Irish Association of Social Workers: the country's child protection system is not working. Photo: Feargal Ward

Coverage of the new pieces of legislation published by the government last week was largely devoted to the issue of confessional privilege, and whether or not it superseded Canon Law.

There was little oxygen devoted to the impact mandatory reporting will have on everyone else: namely those at the coalface. While the move was welcomed by children's rights groups, organisations representing those at the coalface, namely social workers and care workers, were less impressed.

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