SAFE Newsletter: December 2018
First of all have you booked SID, on 5th
February, into your diary?
If you work with children & young people,
their carers, parents and families, the ninth annual global Safer
SID 2019, is a must.
To celebrate Safer Internet Day (SID) 2019
SAFE has launched a
and organisations and schools are asked to encourage their children and
young people to take part. Up for grabs in the SAFE survey prize draw
for entrants' organisations or schools are:
- First prize: 20 free online SAFE
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- Third prize: 5 free online courses.
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A round up of safeguarding news for December 2018
Day of Persons with Disabilities was held on the 3rd December 2018
The annual observance of the International Day of Disabled Persons
was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly resolution
47/3. It aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with
disabilities in all spheres of society and development and to increase
awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect
of political, social, economic and cultural life.
Statutory and Good Practice Guidance
Public Health England (PHE) have published
good practice guidance,
Safeguarding children affected by parental alcohol and drug use December
The PHE Parental alcohol and drug use toolkit provides local
authority level estimates of the numbers of children affected by
parental dependent use of opiates and alcohol. It details the numbers of
parents and children already known to alcohol and drug treatment
services, which allows local authorities to see if the needs of alcohol
and opiate dependent parents are being met in their area.
in the toolkit show that an estimated 21% of alcohol dependent parents,
and 52% of opiate dependent parents, were in treatment for their
dependence in 2016 to 2017.
Reports, Reviews, Resources, Research, Inquiries and
Open Consultation; The Department for Education is seeking views on
a draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out-of-school
settings providers, and associated parental guidance.
for Education is consulting to inform the development and dissemination
of a draft voluntary safeguarding code of practice for out-of-school
settings (OOSS); and accompanying guidance for parents setting out the
key questions they may wish to consider when choosing an out-of-school
setting for their child.
When referring to OOSS, they mean any
institution which provides tuition, training, instruction, or activities
to children in England without their parents’ or carers’ supervision,
that is not a:
- 16-19 academy
- Provider caring for children under 8 years
old which is registered with Ofsted or a childminder agency.
The consultation closes on February 24th 2019.
Worthy of note
New campaign was launched to fight festive fraud this Christmas.
Action Fraud and City of London Police reminded shoppers to take extra
care when shopping for gifts online. As consumers search online for
bargains and gifts for loved ones, fraudsters are seeing this as an
opportunity to trick people with the promise of great deals and big cash
The latest report by Action Fraud shows that fraudsters
conned 15,024 shoppers out of more than £11 million over the Christmas
period last year.
People are being defrauded on popular social media
websites and online auction sites. Action Fraud works together with
platforms including Gumtree to combat fraud and to issue protect advice
Mobile phones were once again the most common item that
people tried to buy from fraudsters. Victims reported being hooked in
with bargain deals on some of the most popular models of smart phones,
only for the phone to never actually arrive and leaving them without
presents to give on Christmas Day. Apple iPhones accounted for 74% of
all mobile phones purchased that turned out to be fraudulent.
Electrical goods (including games consoles), household items, computers,
clothing, and accessories also featured in many of the reports. Examples
including Fingerling toys, UGG Boots and Apple MacBook’s were among the
most popular items victims reported losing money to fraudsters on.
Last year, more than 30% of reports were made by women aged between 20
and 29, however anyone can fall victim to Christmas shopping fraudsters
during the festive period.
Useful fraud and cyber crime prevention
tips for all year round:
• If something seems too much of a bargain,
it’s probably poor quality, fake or doesn’t exist.
• Don’t pay for
goods or services by bank transfer unless you know and trust the person.
Payments via bank transfer offer you no protection if you become a
victim of fraud.
• Make sure you’ve installed the latest software &
app updates. Criminals use weaknesses in software to attack your devices
and steal information, such as your payment details.
• Use a strong,
separate password and 2FA (two factor authentication code) to protect
your email account. Criminals can use your email to access other online
accounts, such as those you use for online shopping.
• Don’t click on
a link in an unexpected email or text. The volume of online shopping
related phishing emails increases during the holiday period. Remember,
if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Matters – if you have been a victim of fraud, report to
Action Fraud or call
0300 123 2040.
925 new FGM cases have been recorded in July to September 2018 There
were 1,630 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM
was identified or a procedure related to FGM was undertaken in the
period July to September 2018 (the comparative figure in the previous
quarter was 1,710). These accounted for 2,025 attendances reported at
NHS trusts and GP practices where FGM was identified or a procedure
related to FGM was undertaken.
The figures are derived from the
latest statistics report produced by NHS Digital.
There were 925
newly recorded women and girls in the period July to September 2018 (the
comparative figure was 1,040 in the previous quarter). 'Newly recorded'
means this is the first time they have appeared in these data. It does
not indicate how recently the FGM was undertaken, nor does it mean that
this is the woman or girl's first attendance for FGM.
3, The new Domestic abuse best
practice framework details measures, which have already helped to drive
up prosecutions in domestic abuse cases are to be rolled out across
England and Wales.
Figures show that a targeted approach to making
sure victims of domestic abuse get better support through the criminal
justice system is having a significant impact on conviction rates,
guilty pleas and reducing the number of cases that fail due to victim
and witness reasons.
At a pilot site in London, four measures which
were put in place to increase support saw an almost eight per cent
increase in guilty pleas and conviction rates.
These included simple
steps such as making sure victims were given the chance to visit court
before the trial, given the option of giving evidence behind a screen
and being allocated an independent Domestic Abuse Advisor to support
They have proved so successful across three pilot sites that
they are being rolled out across the country.
Max Hill, Director of
Public Prosecutions, said: “The criminal justice system can be daunting
and we must make sure people feel supported - especially if they have
particular vulnerabilities such as being victims and witnesses of
domestic abuse. We must always aim to provide fairness for all
participants in criminal cases, and that means victims and witnesses as
well as defendants.
“We know that often, by putting simple measures
in place like ensuring people are familiar with court surroundings in
advance, we can make a big difference. The work of Independent Domestic
Abuse Advisors is also important.
“I want to see these measures
extended to other parts of the country so everyone receives excellent
support, regardless of where they live.”
The measures – called the–
are to be introduced in domestic abuse courts across England and Wales
The framework results from a joint project between the
Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), the National Police Chiefs Council
(NPCC) and Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS). Teams
carried out an analysis of high-performing local criminal justice areas,
and the reasons why they were achieving positive results in domestic
The framework looked to identify and test ways of
working to improve performance, particularly in relation to achieving
earlier guilty pleas, preventing victim attrition, and improving the
rate of convictions after trial.
A pilot to test the new support
measures yielded significant improvements.
And the reason to remain vigilant in all aspects of
1. A teacher has been jailed for 10 years
for having sex with two pupils, one of whom he "groomed".
were at different secondary schools in north-east Suffolk where Alex
Brown had taught between 2015 and 2017.
Brown, 35, now of Leeds,
admitted 11 offences at an earlier hearing.
The judge at Ipswich
Crown Court described one of the victims as a "damaged, vulnerable,
easily-targeted 15-year-old in your care".
Brown, now of Spibey Lane,
Rothwell, admitted eight charges of sexual activity with a female and
three of taking indecent images.
The court heard one girl was just
under 16 years old, while the other was just over 16.
Police said they were alerted to Brown's activities in October 2017 by
one of the schools.
In mitigation, defence lawyer Andrew Oliver said
the teacher was remorseful and had apologised.
"He knows he has
devastated his direct victims, and also those close to him," he said.
Mr Oliver said the teacher, who has two young children, had been having
marriage difficulties and was "lonely".
Since the case came to light,
he said, his marriage had ended and he had moved back in with his
Sentencing, Judge David Goodin said he had "betrayed" the
trust of children "who, as often as not, are not aware of what their
best interests are".
With regard to the younger victim, the judge
said "I think grooming is the word", while the older victim had
"respected, admired and liked" the teacher.
The judge said: "You're
not a fool - you've had safeguarding training. You knew exactly what you
He described some the messages found on Brown's phone as
"recording in the most explicit detail the activities you were engaged
Brown will be the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order
on his release.
2. A police officer who only joined the
force "to gain the keys to a sweetshop" has been jailed for raping a
Cheshire Constabulary PC Ian Naude, 30, met the 13-year-old
after being called to her house over a domestic incident.
contacted her over social media and eventually raped her in his car,
while filming it on his mobile phone.
The "committed paedophile" was
found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of raping the teenager and jailed
for 25 years.
Naude, of Market Drayton in Shropshire, was also
convicted of four charges of attempting to arrange the commission of a
child sex offence and one charge of arranging a child sex offence,
relating to five complainants aged between 12 and 15.
father-of-one, originally from South Africa, previously admitted 31
offences including charges related to grooming underage girls via a fake
Facebook and Snapchat profile.
Sentencing him, Judge Clement
Goldstone QC said his rape victim had been just three weeks past her
"In order to impose your will on a young girl and to
commit offences of rape and sexual assault against her, you used and
abused your position as a Cheshire Police officer, thereby enabling you
to satisfy your lust and perversion," he added.
He said Naude was
"out of control" with an "insatiable appetite" for young girls and
described a selfie he took after raping his victim as showing his "smug
self satisfaction and total lack of shame".
During his two-week
trial, Naude denied rape and sexual assault as he claimed the sex with
the girl was consensual and that she "seemed to be enjoying it".
Prosecutor Owen Edwards described Naude as a "committed paedophile" and
said he joined the police "with the intention of exploiting the access
he would gain to vulnerable young girls".
"In essence, he was hoping
to gain the keys to a sweet shop," he added.
Naude met the girl after
he was called to her house over an incident in October last year, the
After looking her up on Facebook and exchanging sexual
messages and photos, he returned to her home three days later to pick
her up while her mother was out.
He then drove her to a country lane
where he attacked her.
An alert for charities was sent out by
Action Fraud before Christmas about the risk of
CEO fraud through Christmas gift cards.
The information in this alert is based on
reports made to Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre,
and follows previous advice from the Commission about the threat from
This fraud involves the fraudulent impersonation of a
senior figure within a charity, often the Chief Executive Officer (CEO),
with subsequent requests for the fraudulent transfers of funds by the
charity to the fraudster’s bank account, see the Charity Commission
regulatory alert about CEO fraud.
Action Fraud are reporting a new
variation on this type of fraud whereby charities are targeted by
fraudsters falsely claiming to be the CEO (or a similar senior position
within the charity) requesting that gift card vouchers be purchased for
staff as a form of Christmas gift.
Once the vouchers have been
purchased, the fraudster requests copies of the cards and their codes,
allowing the fraudster to spend up to the value of the card.
is typically made by email, usually from a spoofed or similar email
address as the one the CEO or director of the charity would use.
you need to do.
• ensure that you have robust processes in place to
verify and corroborate all requests requiring a payment or transaction
• get in touch with the purported originator directly, using contact
details you know to be correct, to confirm that the request you have
received is legitimate
• all employees should be aware of these
procedures and encouraged to challenge requests they think may be
• sensitive information you post publicly, or dispose of
incorrectly, can be used by fraudsters to perpetrate fraud against you.
The more information they have about you, the more convincingly they can
purport to be one of your legitimate employees – always shred
confidential documents before throwing them away
If your charity has fallen victim to insider fraud, or any other type of
fraud, you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or
by visiting Action Fraud.
Charities affected by fraud should also report it to the Charity
Commission as a serious incident, using the dedicated email address:
Serious incident reporting helps the
Commission to assess the volume and impact of incidents within
charities, and to understand the risks facing the sector as a whole.
Where appropriate, the Charity Commission can also provide timely advice
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.
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