Some argue that there’s no smoke without fire but not everyone accused of child abuse is guilty. A recent Guardian article highlights the plight of an individual when it all went wrong. For people who work with children and vulnerable adults, an accusation (even when later dismissed) can be the end of their careers in that field. The big question is how can the system be improved without increasing the risks to children?
One solution is to try and make sure that everyone is correctly trained in child protection and organisations have a robust set of safeguarding policies and procedures. Although not the answer in all cases, it can help mitigate some of the risks.