Tackling child abuse: is mandatory reporting the answer?

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By Declan O’Dempsey Former Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has called for an overhaul of the law concerning safeguarding children. In a previous post I considered the current legislation and whether it goes far enough. I concluded that there is a need for a more general duty to have due regard to the […]

Smoking ban in cars – right idea, wrong execution

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By Michelle Heeley MPs were given a free vote last week on whether they wanted to create a law making it illegal to smoke in a car whilst a child is present. They voted in favour, although it has not yet been decided what the penalty for the offence will be – one Labour MP […]

Smacking: what is the law and should it be changed?

By Rebecca Carter Calls have been made for the government to ban smacking children. In an interview with the Independent, the Children’s Commissioner for England, Maggie Atkinson, has expressed her view that smacking should be banned. “Because in law you are forbidden from striking another adult, and from physically chastising your pets”, she said, “but […]