Child abuse is, it seems, a worldwide sickness. The backlog of cases dealing with the abuse of children and the saga of childcare has resulted in the launch of an internet service in Los Angeles.
In order to deal with the backlog of calls Los Angeles County gets about allegations of child abuse, it has decided to pilot a new system which will allow for the reporting of some of these allegations to be online.
Online reporting is not available to everyone, and can only be used by what California calls mandated reporters. These are individuals working in professions which are required by law to report any suspicions they have about child abuse. The law places a legal responsibility on these individuals to report suspicions or allegations. It is a law we don’t currently have in the UK, but it is being considered in a consultation which was launched in 2016. (We sent a tweet last night to the Department For Education to find out when the findings would be published).
The online reporting system is meant only for what the county calls ‘non-emergency’…
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