SAFEcic's round up of safeguarding news for June 2018.
The new and long awaited
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 is now launched.
It is issued by law; you must follow it unless there's a good reason not
Celebrated in June:
Child Safety Week 4th June to 10th June 2018
Learning Disability Week 2018 from 18th to 24th June.
Legislation and Bills
The Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill was introduced into the House
of Commons on 21 June 2018 following the blocking of a private
members Bill by one objection.
The Voyeurism (Offences) (No. 2) Bill
legislates for the highly intrusive practice known as upskirting.
Reports, Reviews, Resources, Research and Inquiries
A Serious Case review has been published by Kent Safeguarding
Children Board on 5 month old who died in Kent April 2016.
the youngest of eight siblings, seven of whom were under 11 and lived in
the same, overcrowded home. Initially this was with Jamie’s Mother and
Father, but in August 2015, shortly before Jamie was born, Mother and
Father separated, and Mother started a new relationship.
This was a
large family of young children living in cramped conditions. The
children sustained unexplained injuries, thought to be from lack of
supervision or because of unaddressed safety risks. These injuries were
not always attended to appropriately. Although there were appropriate
questions as to whether such injuries may have resulted from physical
abuse, this was not substantiated; they were seen to probably arise from
neglect of supervision or caused by the children themselves. Health or
developmental needs, health appointments or immunisations were not
attended to. The children were, at times, unkempt, dirty,
inappropriately or poorly dressed, smelly and had untreated head-lice;
these were denied by the parents, or claims were made that they had been
attended to, when they had not been.
There were concerns about
domestic abuse (initiated by both parents). Its emotional impact on the
children was denied, despite evidence that the children were aware of it
and upset by it. There were also suggestions of alcohol or drug use,
including alleged dealing, these were also denied.
2. The Crown
Prosecution Service (CPS) published the outcome of its review of rape
and serious sexual offences
(RASSO) cases. In January the CPS announced its senior prosecutors
were assessing all cases in England and Wales in which someone had been
charged with rape or serious sexual assault. More than 3,600 cases were
looked at to ensure that disclosure was being managed effectively.
1. Since Europol launched its newest crowdsourcing campaign, Stop Child
Abuse – Trace an Object, exactly one year ago you have sent Europol
almost 21 000 leads. These leads mean that law enforcement all over the
world is thousands of steps closer to saving children from abusive
situations or exploitation. Europol want to give you a big heartfelt
thank you for your contributions! Europol’s Executive Director Catherine
De Bolle: "It is the first time that we have used the wisdom of the
general public to try to safeguard children from abuse and exploitation.
With 21 000 tips and several ongoing investigations, this excellent
result encourages them to incessantly continue their efforts to keep our
children safe. I would like to thank every single person that took the
effort of sending us information."
In the past year 119 objects taken
from the background of images of child sexual abuse have been published
on Europol’s website. Whether a regular, caring citizen or an online
community working together, you have provided almost 21 000
tips on the origins of those objects.
Prince of Wales has been asked to give a witness statement to a public
inquiry about a paedophile bishop convicted and jailed for abusing young
Prince Charles has been approached by lawyers acting for the
Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse which is investigating the
disgraced bishop Peter Ball.
The former bishop of Lewes and of
Gloucester was sent to prison for 32 months in 2015 after he admitted
abusing 18 teenagers and young men between the 1970s and 1990s.
abuse was first reported to the police in 1992 but charges were not
brought and instead Ball accepted a caution and resigned.
Newlove, the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales, is calling on
the government to get tough on perpetrators of domestic abuse. She is
recommending that high risk domestic abuse offenders be placed on a
‘Domestic Abuse Register’ and that where a perpetrator has been
convicted of a domestic abuse offence, the presumption of shared
parenting to be reversed.
membership of the EU is coming to an end and with it the EU’s mechanisms
for protecting rights specific to children. Under Article 24 of the EU’s
Charter of Fundamental Rights, children have the right to such
protection and care as is necessary for their well-being. Their views
must be taken into account on matters concerning them and their best
interest must be a primary consideration in any action taken relating to
them. These principles form the core of my work as Children’s
Commissioner: that children are protected, cared for, heard and that
their best interests should be the primary concern when decisions are
made. As we leave the EU, it is important that these rights are retained
and not tossed away.
5. One in four
teenage mystery shoppers were able to buy knives from high street
retailers in 2017 without proof of age being requested, a leading retail
age check company has said. Serve Legal said it undertook 2,350 knife
sale visits across the UK last year and 26% of sales went unchallenged.
“This comes despite the fact that prominent retailers have signed the
government’s voluntary agreement on underage knife sales,” the company
said.It pointed out that selling a knife, blade or axe to a person under
the age of 18 years is illegal in England and Wales, while in Scotland
the law allows those aged 16 and over to buy kitchen knives.
young people attempting to buy a knife should be asked to show official
identification such as a passport, photocard driving licence or
PASS-accredited (Proof of Age Standards Scheme) identification, Serve
6. The Child
Accident Prevention Trust brought to our attention to the danger on the
changing mat. Young babies under six months are at greatest risk of
suffocation from nappy sacks. This is because they naturally grasp
things and pull them to their mouths, but then find it difficult to let
However, suffocation is not the only risk - choking can also
happen if a baby inhales a bag.
Always keep nappy sacks well out of
reach of babies and never put them in a cot, pram or buggy.
and young children don't have the control that adults have over their
bodies. They can wriggle and squirm but it is harder for them to move
out of a dangerous situation.
7. Tusla –
Child and Family Agency has identified at least 126 instances of
incorrect registrations of birth in the records of St Patrick’s Guild.
The registrations in question relate to births between 1946 and 1969 and
were discovered as a result of Tusla proactively undertaking significant
work to scan St Patrick’s Guild records and identify instances of
Association of Directors of Children’s Services Ltd (ADCS) President
Stuart Gallimore, has said:
“Children and young people living in
children’s homes are vulnerable and some can present with very difficult
behaviours that may require the use of restraint, but only as a last
resort. Keeping children and young people safe from harm is all about
assessing risk and steps should always be taken to avoid the need to use
restrictive physical intervention, wherever possible. Any staff working
directly with children in children’s homes should be trained in the safe
use of restraint and are permitted to use this to protect a child or
others from harm.”
the reason to remain vigilant in all aspects of safeguarding
1. A man has
been jailed for nine months after National Crime Agency officers found
more than 15,000 pictures and videos of child sex abuse on his
computers. Tony Aslett, aged 52, pleaded guilty to seven counts of
making indecent images of children when he appeared at Kingston Crown
Some of the victims in his collection appeared to be as young
as 18 months old. Aslett was arrested at Buckingham Palace, where he
worked as a visitor services warden, on 27 April 2015.
2. A teacher
has been permanently banned from the classroom after admitting engaging
in sexual activity with an apprentice while teaching in Harwich.
Stuart Alston, 31, is prohibited from teaching indefinitely following a
professional conduct panel meeting in Coventry.
The hearing heard
that while employed as a teacher at Harwich and Dovercourt High School
in or around 2016, he engaged in sexual activity with an apprentice at
the school and lied about when asked by staff members.
also heard that when he worked as a teacher at Sudbury Upper School, in
or around 2011, he engaged in inappropriate behaviour with three pupils.
Allegations he had a romantic relationship with one pupil and kissed two
others were found to be proven by the panel.
The panel further found
proven that Alston provided inaccurate information on his application
form when applying for the job at Harwich and Dovercourt High School.
He had also failed to declare, when applying for an Newly Qualified
Teacher position at St Paul’s Academy in London in July 2012, that he
had been the subject of a child protection concern.
4. A gang of
eight men have been jailed for grooming and sexually assaulting teenage
girls in Oxford.
The offences took place in Oxford between 1998 and
2005 and involved six vulnerable female victims, who were all aged
between 13 and 17 at the time of the offences.
The men set out to
groom some of the victims, initially befriending them and building
Some of the victims were given lifts and taken to parties, as
well as being given alcohol and drugs. Over time, the victims were
subjected to a series of
indecent assaults and rapes.
Society fined £100,000 after security failings put supporters’ personal
data at risk. The British and Foreign Bible Society, based in Swindon,
has been fined £100,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office, after
their computer network was compromised as the result of a cyber-attack
6. A former
priest who spoke of his sexual interest in babies has been jailed after
a National Crime Agency investigation.
Edmund Black, 44, was jailed
for 31 months after admitting two counts of intentionally encouraging or
assisting the distribution of indecent imagesof children, and one count
of making indecent images of children.
Between September 2015 and
March 2018 Black was present in online conference rooms 18 times when
child sex abuse was being shown.
In May 2016 he hosted one of the
conference rooms where nine videos were played showing horrific abuse of
very young children – one thought to be just three-months-old. No live
abuse was shown. The videos were known to investigators and safeguarding
of the children had previously been done.
London-based nurse has been convicted of heading up a criminal network
that subjected vulnerable Nigerian women to voodoo rituals before
trafficking them to Europe and forcing them into sex work.
conviction is the first successful prosecution of a British national for
offences committed overseas under the Modern Slavery Act.
Iyamu, 51, denied trafficking five women from Nigeria to Germany and
exploiting them for prostitution. However, following a ten week trial, a
jury at Birmingham Crown Court today (28 June 2018) convicted her of
modern slavery offences and perverting the course of justice.
8.The BBC have
highlighted a report from the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies warning
of the "stigma" felt by elderly people about being cheated, including
It warns that the over-65s are three times more likely
to lose money to fraudsters than to be burgled.
Fraud victim, Dolores
Walker, aged 93, said it made her feel "ashamed".
She said she spoke
to no-one "about my experience with scammers", in which she had been
tricked into giving card details.
"In the end, I just stopped
answering the phone altogether in the hope that they would leave me
The report, from the Centre for Counter Fraud Studies at the
University of Portsmouth and elderly helpline Reassura, says the
increase in elderly people using the internet has brought more risks of
Comparitech have produce a list of
“70+ Scams and How to Avoid Them” In the introduction to the list
“The internet is the most widely used communication network
ever constructed. It’s used by millions of humans and machines every
second of every day. There are good and bad things happening on the
internet, and among the bad things are ongoing attempts to scam innocent
people out of their money or identities.
Indeed, wherever there’s a
slight opportunity of making some easy money, you can be sure that
criminals lay ready to pounce. The internet brings with it many such
opportunities, and fraudsters appear to be waiting around every virtual
corner with the latest in online scams.
While some scams have gotten
very sophisticated, even some of the older, less advanced plays still
actually work. If people know more about the types of scams taking place
and what to look out for, we can hopefully save at least some people
from getting swindled out their hard-earned cash.
We’ve covered some
specific types of scams in various dedicated posts, but here we’ll offer
a roundup of many of the scams currently in operation.
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