SAFE Newsletter: July and August 2018
Welcome to our summer round up of safeguarding news for July and August which includes several important statutory changes and updates across all sectors, including the revised Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. SAFE has also published its latest public course list for face to face training in Eye, Suffolk.
Training Course Schedule
For the latest training dates and a comprehensive list of available courses click here.
The rules about automatic
disqualification for trustees have changed, more reasons are being added
and the rules will also apply to some charity senior manager positions
(chief executives and finance directors - and those in equivalent
If you’re a trustee or
senior manager (CEO or finance director level) at a charity, check that
you’re not going to be disqualified by reading the guidance for
Trustees must take reasonable steps to protect your charity’s beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and those connected with the activities of the charity from harm.
Legislation and Bills
Statutory, Non Statutory Guidance, Guidelines, Consultations, Strategies, Advice and Briefing Updates
Reports, Reviews, Research and Inquiries
An assurance report reflecting on the current multi-agency safeguarding
arrangements 2018 within Derbyshire. Derbyshire Safeguarding
Children Board brought together a number of partner agencies from health
and social care to support a police investigation of reports of
historical physical and sexual abuse of children, which took place at
Aston Hall Hospital between the 1950s and 1970s.
An Extended Child Practice Review published by Cardiff and Vale of
Glamorgan Regional Safeguarding Children Board on an adopted baby who
died in May 2016 when she was 18 months old.
3. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual
Abuse has published its report into the
Ampleforth and Downside hearings, as part of its investigation into
the Roman Catholic Church.
1. Reporting of serious safeguarding
incidents by charities continues to increase, according to the
Charity Commission. The regulator has published an update on the work of
its interim safeguarding taskforce, and has confirmed that it received
620 safeguarding related reports in April and May 2018, compared to 196
during the same period in 2017.
2. Investigations into online child abuse
risk being "significantly hampered" by the recent EU data crackdown, the
National Crime Agency has warned.
3. There is a newly recorded case of FGM
in the UK every two hours. Much more needs to be done to
support survivors of female genital mutilation and protect girls at
risk, as the latest NHS statistics reveal there is a newly recorded case
of FGM every two hours in the UK.
4. Telephone scammers who target
vulnerable and elderly consumers with scams and nuisance
telephone calls have been stopped in their tracks, with a National
Trading Standards project blocking more than 100,000 unwanted calls in
less than a year.
5.Children affected by domestic abuse to benefit from £8 million fund. The fund gives charities, local authorities and other organisations the chance to bid for money for projects designed to intervene early to help children who have been directly or indirectly affected by domestic abuse. Domestic abuse ruins the lives of its victims with more than 2 million people subjected to this terrible crime each year. However, NSPCC statistics show that as many as 1 in 5 children in the UK are also witness to or exposed to this horrible crime during childhood.
6. The Information Commissioner’s Office
(ICO) has served a £200,000 monetary penalty notice on the
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) after it sent a bulk
email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse.
7. The Children and Social Work Act 2017 placed a duty on the Secretary of State for Education to make the new subjects of Relationships Education at primary and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at secondary compulsory through regulations. The Act also provides a power for the Secretary of State to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), or elements of the subject, mandatory in all schools. The department has engaged thoroughly with a wide range of interested organisations and conducted a call for evidence on the content of the subjects, and the status of PSHE.
8. The father of a boy who was the victim
of a suspected acid attack is among five men who have appeared
in court. The three-year-old suffered serious burns at the Home Bargains
store in Worcester.
9. Expanding the scope of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), and guided by the government’s Internet Safety Strategy, UKCIS will work to improve the online safety of everyone in the UK, particularly the needs of groups who are often disproportionately targets of online abuse.
10. The Prison Service has confirmed
Hollesley Bay is among several open prisons being used to
accommodate the growing numbers of sex offenders in the criminal justice
11. A paedophile law lecturer
who went on the run as he battled to evade justice has been arrested in
12. Adults will be able to view
computer-generated child abuse images online because of a
loophole in new laws barring under-18s from porn sites, the Government
has been warned.
13. Charges for modern slavery offences
have risen by more than a quarter in the last year according to figures
published today (9 August) by the Crown Prosecution Service.
14. The Upper Tribunal has held that regulations under the Equality Act 2010 excluding children who have a ‘tendency to physical abuse’ from its protection give rise to unlawful discrimination under Article 14 ECHR.
15. The Ministry of Justice has written to the NSPCC stating that the Government believes current laws on the age of consent and on non-consensual sexual activity already provide adequate protection for 16 and 17-year-olds from exploitation by the adults who work with them. It’s currently illegal for some groups of professionals, like teachers, care workers and youth justice staff, to be involved in sexual activity with a 16 or 17-year-old child under their supervision. The NSPCC Trust to Lead campaign has been calling for this to be extended to other adults working with children, including sports coaches.
16. Police chiefs are to develop a plan
to tackle sexual harassment in policy by autumn. The action
plan is being developed in response to a survey by UNISON that uncovered
the extent of sexual harassment against police staff. Half (49%) of the
police staff questioned had heard sexualised jokes told repeatedly at
work, and one in five (19%) had received a sexually explicit email or
text from a colleague.
17. A new national response unit
will be established to help local authorities, support vulnerable
children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs.
And the reason to remain vigilant in all aspects of safeguarding
1. A football coach convicted of dozens
of sexual assaults, George Ormond, 62, was found guilty, after
a five-week trial at Newcastle Crown Court of 36 charges relating to the
abuse of 18 victims between the mid-1970s and the mid-1990s.
2. The mother and grandmother of a
teenage boy who died after suffering neglect have been
convicted of his manslaughter.
3. Cyber criminals are sending victims
their own passwords in an attempt to trick them into believing
they have been filmed on their computer watching porn and demanding
4. 18 years in prison, for Hull man who
raped children in Kenya
5. Robert King of Bay Road, Bracknell, is the third man to be convicted following an investigation led by the National Crime Agency (NCA). He was identified after NCA officers received information he and 46-year old Raymond Taylor were was posting indecent images in an online chat room.Taylor of Beecham Road, Reading was jailed for four years in January after pleading guilty to 11 counts of making and eight of distributing indecent images of children.
6. A man has been jailed for 45 months
after admitting building up a catalogue of more than 640,000 images and
videos of child sex abuse.
7. A doctor who was found with more than
19,000 images and videos of women patients taken in his surgery
has been jailed for 14 months.
8. Eleven women (some of them Nuns) and
one man - all aged between 62 and 85 - had been charged in
connection with the abuse of children at Smyllum Park.
9. 51 children and 72 adults were
identified as potential victims of trafficking last month in a
Europe-wide week of action involving 33 law enforcement agencies in the
10. A man, 42 and woman, 36, face five
charges each, including possession of extreme pornographic
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