Savile was able to abuse at just about every institution he came into contact with. The present system of discretionary reporting failed at every one of those hospitals where he abused.
Think on that. Every. Single. One.
At the moment, nobody has a legal obligation to report suspected or
even known abuse. An NHS manager could in principle even have witnessed
Savile raping a child and would have had no legal obligation to report anything to anybody.
didn't abuse at just a few institutions with poor child protection
arrangements. He seems to have been free to abuse at every institution
he came into contact with. That suggests a massive failure of our
arrangements to protect children. If that failure is not corrected,
there will be another Savile, probably sooner rather than later, and
hige numbers of children will have their lives wrecked. The effects of
abuse can be devastating and lifelong.
In fact, there has
been another Savile - Cyril Smith seems also to have been a lifetime
abuser on a prolific scale. How many more are there or will there be?
our current system of discretionary reporting seems to have completely
failed. People have used that discretion to not report. The time has
come for mandatory reporting within schools, hospitals and other
institutions which care for children and vulnerable adults.