'The law is not protecting children' says NSPCC
9 July 2014 Last updated at 08:12 BST
Growing concerns over how state institutions dealt with allegations of child sex abuse have seen the government announce two inquiries this week.
The children's charity, the NSPCC, now wants a change in the law in how allegations of abuse are dealt with.
The organisation has previously opposed all forms of so-called mandatory reporting.
But Head of Policy at the NSPCC, Alan Wardle, said people who cover up such activities should face criminal prosecution.