On Tuesday 3 March 2015, Simon attended a summit at Number 10 Downing Street regarding the governments recent proposals for tackling child sexual abuse. Simon met with Prime Minister David Cameron as well as members of different survivors groups and other members of the government to discuss sex abuse and what steps the government would be taking in the future to stop sex abuse from happening in Rochdale and across the country.
At the summit David Cameron unveiled new policies including new guidelines on prosecuting cases of child sexual abuse, which have established a new approach for dealing with cases of sexual violence against vulnerable people, focusing on the credibility of the allegation rather than the credibility of the individual.
Simon welcomed the fact that the government were taking this issue seriously, however he continues to have concerns that they have not gone far enough with the policies they have set out. In particular, Simon is disappointed that the government voted against the Labour Party's proposals to introduce mandatory reporting of child abuse. This new law would have created a legal duty for professionals to report child abuse, and Simon believes it is critical that mandatory reporting is brought in as soon as possible.