Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Mandatory Reporting - further thoughts

In my previous post I said that I would only be open to persuasion on mandatory reporting if any law was framed to include words such as ‘intentionally’, ‘knowingly’ or ‘recklessly’ to distinguish the activity to be criminalised from genuine errors or poor practice. 

Having slept on the issue I would like to add the words 'malciously' and 'willfully' to that list. 

I believe that it would be absolutely essential to distinguish unequivocally the kinds of deliberate cover-ups described in the Panorama programme from the kind of errors that resulted in the deaths of Daniel Pelka, Baby Peter Connelly and many others.