hild abuse". David Cameron will announce today at a Downing Street summit that council workers and other professionals who fail to act upon suspicions of child abuse could face up to five years in jail.
Similar "wiful neglect" legislation is already in place regarding the care of elderly patients. This was introduced by Cameron to protect elderly people in care homes. The policy announced today is an extension of this legislation to protect children. Just how enforceable it is remains to be seen. Proving negligence in the social services and police force will be difficult. Think back to the furore when Andrew Norfolk first broke the story in the Times of Rotherham's child sex scandal in January 2011. His work led to the government inquiry. But for a long time, those who asked such questions were dismissed as racist by many in authority; it takes more than a law to change culture and attitudes.
The timing of the announcement today is no coincidence. A report on paedophile rings in Oxfordshire by an independent inquiry is released today. It is expected to find that more than 300 children were sexually exploited by gangs in Oxfordshire over 15 years.
The Guardian also splashes the story on its front page. Its lead is "PM: jail those who ignore child abuse". The article makes a link to Ukip and the general election. "Cameron is aware Ukip leader Nigel Farage has been trying to exploit the evidence of child abuse by members of ethnic minorities to demand tougher action," Patrick Wintour writes.
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