Tackling child abuse: is mandatory reporting the answer?

Child abuse

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

smoking ban in cars

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 […]

Keir Starmer’s call for a “Victims’ Law” – all heart and no substance

Keir Starmer Victims' Law

By Felicity Gerry “From a victim’s point of view, our justice system is hardly fit for purpose.. “What is needed is a fundamental rethink, leading to a specific and legally enforceable Victims’ Law, alongside a real and radical shift in attitude and approach.” So wrote former DPP Sir Kier Starmer QC in an article for […]

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 […]