Liability to the Top
In order to ensure a child’s safety, liability for abusive actions must placed not only on the offender, but also those who are higher up in the chain of command. For example, if a teacher abuses a student, the school’s principal and district superintendent should be held accountable in some way alongside said teacher. This increased accountability would result in improved measures to ensure the well-being of children. More motivation for leaders to prevent abuse would stem from knowing that they are also responsible under the law.
The recent public exposure of events which have taken place within the Catholic Church have highlighted the need for a more stringent system of accountability. Those who are in charge of an organization must pay attention to warning signs and speak out about unacceptable behavior, no matter how uncomfortable that might be. More liability means more positive action.