SAFE Newsletter: September 2019
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A Round up of Safeguarding News for September 2019
The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland has developed a
very useful app for
professionals, parents and carers.
Statutory Guidance and Good Practice Guidance
Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2019
The above persons should ensure that all staff in their school or
college read at least Part one of this guidance. The above persons
should ensure that mechanisms are in place to assist staff to understand
and discharge their role and responsibilities as set out in Part one of
The additions made are on page 46 and say:
165. Referrals should be made as soon as possible, and ordinarily on conclusion of an investigation, when an individual is removed from regulated activity. This could include when an individual is suspended, redeployed to work that is not regulated activity, dismissed or when they have resigned. When an allegation is made, an investigation should be carried out to gather enough evidence to establish if it has foundation, and employers should ensure they have sufficient information to meet the referral duty criteria explained in the DBS referral guidance, which can be found on GOV.UK “
Disclosure and Barring Service: guidance for children's social care
providers and managers
The guidance covers these children’s social care services:
Reports, Reviews, Resources, Research and Inquiries
1. The Birmingham Diocesan Trust, which
oversees the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham, and provides services
accessed weekly by around 60,000 people, has been investigated by the
Charity Commission over concerns about its record on safeguarding, which
came to light when the charity was selected as a case study by the
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
2. Trustees who ran a charity where
terrorism offences took place have been disqualified after a statutory
inquiry by the Charity Commission.
Information supplied by the charity in
response to these serious criminal allegations was limited, so the
Commission took swift action, using its powers to compel the former
trustees to provide details about Mr Haque’s role, and the wider
management of the charity.
The inquiry established that Mr Haque was originally recruited as an administrative assistant but he had been teaching classes unsupervised in the charity’s madrassah, which was attended daily by approximately 80 – 100 children aged 5 – 15 years.
The trustees admitted there was no supervision over Mr Haque’s adherence with the madrassah’s syllabus and the inquiry found no evidence that the trustees had applied for an enhanced DBS check which would have been required for his teaching role.
Ultimately the inquiry established that no due diligence was carried out prior to Mr Haque taking up employment with the charity.
A Serious Case review page been set up on the Care Inspectorate HUB. The page signposts to SCR reports and learning summaries that have been published in the past 18 months. The site also include signposts to national reports and research, and relevant websites.
Worthy of note
The fully digitised system will simplify the process that first responders – including police officers, social workers or immigration officials – follow when referring victims of modern slavery to the National Referral Mechanism (NRM).
2. Counter Terrorism Policing is calling on
students to remember three words that could save their life.
The message comes after it was recently revealed that the number of attacks foiled by police and security services, since the Westminster atrocity in March 2017, has increased from 19 to 22.
The UK’s Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D'Orsi, says: “There is no specific intelligence to show that colleges and universities are being targeted, and the chances of being caught up in a terrorist incident are low. But sadly we saw in 2017, and more recently, that attacks can be carried out anywhere.
The Home Secretary has announced Nicole Jacobs as the designate Domestic
Abuse Commissioner. Ms Jacobs was the former Chief Executive Officer
at charity Standing Together Against Domestic Violence and has more than
two decades of experience working to reduce domestic abuse.
4. A £30 million funding boost will equip law enforcement with pioneering new tech and capabilities to track down more paedophiles operating online and safeguard children who have been abused, the government has announced today.
The additional investment to tackle child sexual exploitation and abuse (CSEA) will help target the most dangerous and sophisticated offenders who operate on the dark web.
Statistics from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show that last year 2.88 million accounts were registered globally across the most harmful child sexual abuse dark web sites, with at least 5% believed to be registered in the UK.
Victims of rape and sexual assault will be helped by a further £5
million for specialist support services, Justice Minister Wendy
Morton MP announced that it is part of ongoing government efforts to
ensure victims get the help they need and restore faith in the justice
£1 million will be invested into recruiting more Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs), who provide advice and support for victims, acting as the link between police, support services and criminal justice agencies. New national minimum standards for ISVAs will also be developed to ensure victims across the country receive consistent, high-quality support.
6. A year ago on the 21 September 2018 the National County Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC) – jointly led by the National Crime Agency and the National Police Chiefs’ Council – was created to map out the threat from County Lines and prioritise action against the most significant perpetrators.
In its first 12 months, the NCLCC has developed the national intelligence picture, targeted County Lines networks, and engaged with partners from the health, welfare and education spheres to tackle the wider issues.
During three intensification weeks alone, which were coordinated by the centre, police forces and Regional Organised Crime Units identified and safeguarded over 2,400 vulnerable people – including more than 1,000 children – arrested over 1,800 offenders as well as disrupting hundreds of ‘deal lines’.
These weeks of intensification are just one part of the law enforcement response to tackling County Lines, with police forces and ROCUs regularly undertaking activity to target offenders and safeguard victims.
7. Vanessa George has now been released
after being jailed for a minimum of seven years in 2009.
8. With scams costing the UK economy £5-10 billion per year, knowing how to identify them and take measures to protect and prevent people from falling victim to them is crucial. The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team believe it’s essential to inform and empower young people on the issue, so they can take action against fraud and scams in the future.
To encourage this movement, ‘Young Friends’ has been launched, as a new addition to the NTS Friends Against Scams initiative. Through a new interactive workshop which has been created for delivering in schools and youth groups, ‘Young Friends’ aims to teach children aged 8 years and above.
And the reason to remain vigilant in all aspects of safeguarding
1. A man who sexually abused children in
the care homes where he worked has been jailed for 15 years.
He also abused a boy who was a resident at
Rosebank care home in Warrington when McLean’s father worked there. The
boys he abused had all been placed in the care homes by local
authorities for their protection.
In November 2018 he was found guilty at
Chester Crown Court of 13 charges relating to four victims, but the jury
could not reach a verdict on the other charges. On 25 July 2019 he was
found guilty of nine counts of sexual assaults against four victims. He
was acquitted of all counts of assault against another complainant.
At Chester Crown Court (2 September 2019) he was sentenced to a total of 15 years in prison and was told that he will remain on the Sexual Offenders Register for life.
2. A paedophile has been sentenced for 29
years for raping and sexually abusing a child for over seven years.
Hendrika Tatam of the CPS said: “Saitta went to great lengths to document the sexual abuse and rape of his victim, over 1,177 images and films were recovered and the sheer volume of abuse is one of the highest I have come across as a specialist prosecutor in the RASSO unit. Saitta’s despicable behaviour subjected his victim to repeated and sustained sexual abuse and oral rape".
3. A retired police inspector has been
convicted of making indecent images of children following a National
Crime Agency investigation.
Officers seized his laptop which contained
a 30-minute long Category A (the most serious) sexual abuse video of a
south east Asian girl.
Movie file names recovered from the deleted
areas of the computer were also indicative of child abuse.
4. Four men have been convicted so far
under the new 'upskirting' legislation, the Crown Prosecution Service
5. 18 year sentence for man who assaulted
girls. Mohammed Ahsan, 35, had previously pleaded guilty to three
offences at Sheffield Crown Court.
We must not become complacent.
1. It was alleged that Mr Mark David Attwood was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and/or conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute, in that whilst employed as a teacher at Nottingham Academy School he:
The panel noted that Mr Attwood had admitted the above allegations in his response to the Notice of Referral Form dated 26 January 2019. The panel further noted that Mr Attwood admitted that those facts amount to unacceptable professional conduct and conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute.
A prohibition order was made.
2. It was alleged that Mr Chris Naylor whilst teaching in Cheshire was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and/or conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute in that:
3. It was alleged that Mr Bell was guilty
of unacceptable professional conduct and/or conduct that may bring the
profession into disrepute, in that:
A prohibition order was made.
4. It was alleged that Mr Mbanga was guilty of unacceptable professional conduct and/or conduct that may bring the profession into disrepute, in that whilst employed as the Director of Sport at Rendcomb College he:
The panel noted that Mr Mbanga had admitted
all of these allegations in his response to the Notice of Referral Form
dated 8 April 2019. The panel further noted that Mr Mbanga admitted that
those facts amounted to unacceptable professional conduct and/or conduct
that may bring the profession into disrepute.
No prohibition order was made. The reports states:
“Furthermore, the panel went on to consider that whilst Mr Mbanga had clearly made errors of judgment – which he has fully admitted – his behaviours were not sufficiently serious to bring the profession into disrepute. In particular, the panel took into account that there was no suggestion of any sexual motivation behind any of these behaviours.”
The SAFE Team
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