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Posted 22 February 2017
by Tracy Lambert

Professionals advised to be ‘less British’ when reporting concerns of child abuse

According to the Daily Mail professionals, including teachers, should be ‘less British’ about reporting concerns of child abuse, particularly when a change in a child’s behaviour has been identified. 

There is currently no legal penalty upon a teacher who fails to report concerns or suspicions of child abuse.  A multi-agency approach to recognising and reporting suspicions of abuse by GPs, teachers, and health visitors to social services is critical to identify children in need of protection.  This story further raises the issue of the lack of awareness of the emotional indicators of child abuse, whether it is neglect, physical, emotional or sexual abuse of children.

The most recent figures from the NSPCC suggest abuse is on the rise. A total of 50,310 children in England were identified as needing protection from abuse in 2015/16 which is an increase on figures of 49,700 in 2014/15.

At Tozers Solicitors LLP we specialise in abuse claims, these are actions against local authorities for a breach of duty of care.  The claims arise where the Local Authority have failed to take adequate steps to ensure the child’s safety, for example where children have been left in an abusive environment and not removed from the parents care. We have significant experience in obtaining compensation for the victims of abuse.  We act for clients both in the South West and nationally.  Should you or a family member wish to discuss a potential claim, please call our specialist family law team for a free and confidential consultation.

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About the author

Tracy Lambert

Partner and Solicitor

Partner based in Exeter's family team