Elizabeth Cairncross

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Re: Elizabeth Cairncross

Post by richardb »

Otter wrote: Tue Jul 28, 2020 2:23 pm
richardb wrote: Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:09 pm Sadly there is still no criminal offence which enables a teacher turning a blind eye to sexual abuse or covering up for it to be prosecuted.

There is no appetite in government to introduce such an offence given what are seen as other priorities.
If one parent abuses their child and the other parent, in the same household, knows about it but does nothing, can the latter be prosecuted for anything?

If so, then it's sad that this wouldn't apply to a teacher in loco parentis at a boarding school.

Surprising that it still isn't a criminal offence, as anything in the vein of "going after paedos and their enablers" is always a vote-winner.
The principal legislative provision protecting children from cruelty is section 1 of the Children & Young Persons Act 1933.

It is rather wordy so most easily posted as a link:

https://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/Ge ... /section/1

While it might on first reading cover staff at CH who turned a blind eye to abuse of all sorts, the difficulty comes in its practical application as the sort of behaviour complained of is likely to be hard to prove to the required standard and then there is the problem of showing the causal link to harm.

Of course any member of staff doing nothing is exposing a child to the risk of harm, but there is little appetite to prosecute in the absence of injury.
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