Jewish Chronical - March 15, 2008
The United Synagogue seems to think it is above the law and can ignore its statutory duty to follow procedures and guidelines relating to child protection, including child sexual abuse (JC, March 9).
The 1989 Children Act is explicit that child protection and children's needs are paramount. Therefore, it is for social workers and the police Child Protection Unit, who have the statutory responsibility, to decide on the appropriate action to be taken.
The United Synagogue's only emphasis and primary concern now should be the likely effect on the victims and their families if Andrew Josephs, the perpetrator, were to be allowed to return to their shul. This could have a devastating effect on them.
The United Synagogue has a responsibility to take immediate action to train all their staff, at all levels, in their duties under the Act, and to seek professional advice as to best practice.
Rosita Jackont Green
Queens Gate Terrace, London SW7