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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Education – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 24th March 2014.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove The Secretary of State for Education 2:30 pm, 24th March 2014

I take these issues incredibly seriously and I am very grateful to the hon. Gentleman for raising them. I have had the opportunity, in a different context, to talk to one victim of abuse who, I have to say, made a compelling case for mandatory reporting in a regulated setting. I had hitherto been concerned that mandatory reporting might create more work for children’s services departments than it would generate safety for children, but the specific case for reporting in regulated settings is one that we are actively reviewing.