Protections for Persons Reporting Child Abuse Act 1998

Protection from civil liability of persons who have reported child abuse.


3. (1) A person who, apart from this section, would be so liable shall not be liable in damages in respect of the communication, whether in writing or otherwise, by him or her to an appropriate person of his or her opinion that—

( a) a child has been or is being assaulted, ill-treated, neglected or sexually abused, or

( b) a child’s health, development or welfare has been or is being avoidably impaired or neglected,

unless it is proved that he or she has not acted reasonably and in good faith in forming that opinion and communicating it to the appropriate person.

(2) The reference in subsection (1) of this section to liability in damages shall be construed as including a reference to liability to be the subject of an order providing for any other form of relief.

F4 [ (3) This section does not apply to a communication that is a protected disclosure within the meaning of the Protected Disclosures Act 2014. ]