SAFE Newlsetter: January Newsletter
Welcome to the first SAFE newsletter of 2020 with
our round up of key safeguarding news items from last December and
January. For those organisations still looking to schedule staff
training, SAFE has recently published a new set of dates for our popular
face to face
safeguarding events at our offices in Eye, Suffolk..
Here is a roundup of safeguarding news
for December 2019 and January 2020.
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England and Wales
Schools (Mental Health and Wellbeing) Bill [HL] has begun its
passage through Parliament
2. Stalking Protection Orders, have
been introduced by the
Stalking Protection Act 2019. The provisions of the Act have been
brought into force by the
Stalking Protection Act 2019 (Commencement) Regulations 2020. The
Act makes provision for SPOs which will:
be available on application by the police to a magistrates'
enable the imposition of both prohibitions and requirements on
the perpetrator; and
have a criminal penalty for breach.
1 The latest measure
implemented under the
Housing (Wales) Act 2014 has brought in new rules to make councils
in Wales find housing for people who are intentionally homeless.
These are individuals or families who may have left suitable
accommodation or have been evicted for anti-social behaviour.
minister Julie James said the change gave greater security for those
such as pregnant women and children.
Protection of older People in Wales – A guide to the Law 2019
published by the commissioner for older people the guide aims to help
those working with and for older people. This is help them to be more
aware of the law available to support them in their day-to-day work and
the ways the law can be used to protect older people and ensure their
rights are upheld. Whilst the guide is not a substitute for obtaining
legal advice, nor a definitive statement of the law, it offers a
detailed overview, providing context, helpful examples and case studies.
Children and Education (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 201-
banned corporal punishment by parents, including in the home. The
amendment, which passed the States Assembly by 39 votes to four, will
come into force from April.
The change means the Channel Island is
the second place in the British Isles to introduce a ban and is set to
be the first to enforce it.
Scotland was the first UK nation to ban
smacking in October, but it is not expected to come into force there
until November 2020.
Statutory and Good Practice Guidance
Children’s homes and health care: registration with Ofsted or CQC 2019.
This guidance clarifies the registration arrangements for:
children’s homes that provide healthcare
children’s healthcare settings, if the main function is care
accommodation rather than acute health intervention
England and Wales
Child abuse in England and Wales: January 2020
1. The analysis includes a range of indicators
from different data sources and organisations.
This a range of
indicators from different data sources to enable better understanding of
the extent and circumstances of child abuse.
Mandatory Reporting of Female Genital Mutilation – procedural
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is illegal in
England and Wales under the FGM Act 2003 (“the 2003 Act”). It is a form
of child abuse and violence against women.
Reports, Reviews, Resources, Research,
Consultations and Inquiries
1. More Case Reviews have been added to the
Case Review Repository
2. The Independent Inquiry Child
Sexual Abuse (IICAS) has published its report on the
Protection of Children Outside the UK, focusing on the legal
measures designed to prevent British child sex abusers from offending
The report finds that offenders from England and Wales are
travelling to commit extensive abuse of children across the world,
including in eastern Asia and Africa.
It concludes that civil orders
are not being used effectively to stop offenders visiting other
countries where poverty and corruption have left children vulnerable.
3. New research from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
has found almost half of victims and survivors who have come forward to
Truth Project have an illness or condition that affects their lives.
Worthy of note
Internet Watch Foundation, the UK
charity, which finds and removes online child sexual abuse material,
acts on anonymous reports from the public to find and eradicate criminal
But they say thousands of inappropriate or false reports of
non-criminal material are wasting their analysts’ time and potentially
stopping them finding and eliminating real abuse imagery from the
According to the IWF, one individual alone has made 8,300
false reports since June 2019 despite having been repeatedly informed
what they are reporting is “off remit” for the charity.
A new reporting page has been
launched intended to make it clearer to the public what is, and is not,
appropriate to report to the IWF.
2. The Internet Watch
Foundation will now share its known hashes of child sexual abuse imagery
(digital fingerprints) with internet companies in the United States and
beyond, through a platform hosted by the
National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children. This is a giant step forward in the continuing
effort to provide internet companies around the world with greater
access to a larger pool of hashes to stop the upload, sharing and
storage of this criminal imagery on their platforms.
NCMEC, operates the
CyberTipline, a centralised reporting system for the online sexual
exploitation of children. The CyberTipline also functions as a global
hub for hash-sharing with internet companies around the world.
HM Courts & Tribunals Service is calling on people to stay vigilant
against fraudsters posing as enforcement officers and bailiffs.
have become aware of scammers phoning members of the public, posing as
County Court bailiffs, High Court Enforcement Officers (HCEOs) and
Certificated Enforcement Agents (CEAs).
During the calls, the
fraudsters claim that the person owes money, and demands that they
transfer funds into a bank account.
"We may contact you by phone to
discuss a warrant of control and will offer to take debit or credit card
payments over the phone.
However, we will never:
If anyone claiming to be a county court bailiff,
an HCEO or CEA calls asking for this information, you should not make
any payment and not provide your bank details.
You should end the
call and contact your local county court if the caller says they are an
HMCTS bailiff. Contact details for county courts are on
4. A husband and wife who pretended to help people
find work in factories in order to exploit them, have been sentenced.
The authorities were alerted to Alexander Goran’s scheme when a charity
was approached by a Romanian victim who said Goran had been exploiting
him and other Romanian workers.
Goran, 30, would ‘recruit’ people
looking for a job and arrange factory work for them, but controlled
their wages, where they lived and where, when and what hours they could
Instead of receiving wages into their own accounts, Goran
arranged for the money to be paid into his wife’s account.
paying the workers, Goran deducted money for transport, arranging the
work and accommodation, which left the workers with very little.
5. The Pope has declared that the rule of "pontifical secrecy" no longer
applies to the sexual abuse of minors, in a bid to improve transparency
in such cases.
The Church previously shrouded sexual abuse cases in
secrecy, in what it said was an effort to protect the privacy of victims
and reputations of the accused. Information in abuse cases should still
be treated with "security, integrity and confidentiality", the Pope said
in his announcement. He instructed Vatican officials to comply with
civil laws and assist civil judicial authorities in investigating such
6. Thousands more children across the country will get a
healthy and nutritious breakfast to set them up for the school day,
thanks to an additional investment of up to £11.8 million by the
government to support disadvantaged families.
So far around 1,800
school breakfast clubs have been created or improved by the
in disadvantaged areas and thanks to this additional investment up to
650 more schools will benefit in the next year, with resources
specifically targeted at the most disadvantaged areas to help make sure
every child gets the best start in life.
7. Following the airing
of the BBC documentary, The Betrayed Girls, about child sexual
exploitation in Greater Manchester on 3 July 2017, the Mayor announced
he wanted to assure himself and the public that everything possible has
been done to protect children today and in the future and prevent it
from happening again.
The findings of the first independent review
have been published “An
assurance review of Operation Augusta.”
The report, written by
child protection specialist Malcolm Newsam CBE and former senior police
officer Gary Ridgway, considers the Operation Augusta investigation,
which was launched by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) following the
death of 15-year-old Victoria Agoglia, who – after years of abuse and
days after she was injected with heroin by a 50-year-old man - died in
hospital of an overdose in 2003.
Whilst the report states there is
much to be commended in Operation Augusta, it found that it had not
addressed the issue it was set up for: to tackle the sexual exploitation
of a number of children in the care system. Very few of the relevant
perpetrators were brought to justice and neither were their activities
disrupted, although there were eight criminal justice outcomes in total.
Seven were prosecutions relating to police investigations and one was an
8. Parents who suffer the devastating loss
of a child will be entitled to 2 weeks’ statutory leave, Business
Secretary Andrea Leadsom has announced as she laid new regulations in
The Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Regulations, which
will be known as Jack’s Law in memory of Jack Herd whose mother Lucy
campaigned tirelessly on the issue, will implement a statutory right to
a minimum of 2 weeks’ leave for all employed parents if they lose a
child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of
pregnancy, irrespective of how long they have worked for their employer.
And the reason to remain vigilant in all aspects of
1. A GP is facing jail after
molesting 23 female patients whom he persuaded to have
Dr Manish Shah used the cases of Angelina
Jolie and Jade Goody to prey on the cancer concerns of patients as young
as 17 and scare them into being examined for his sexual gratification,
the Old Bailey heard.
Between May 2009 and June 2013, he assaulted
six patients at Mawney medical centre in Romford, east London, the court
Shah, 50, of Romford, denies wrongdoing, claiming he had
been practising “defensive medicine”. But after a trial, he was found
guilty of 25 sexual offences.
The jury was told Shah had already been
convicted of similar allegations relating to 17 other women, bringing
the total number of victims to 23. The judge, Anne Molyneux, adjourned
sentencing for all the offences until 7 February.
couple from Essex who sexually abused four children and
recorded footage of their horrific crimes have today been sentenced at
Chelmsford Crown Court.
Mark Gable received a total sentence of 11
years and 6 months and Jessica Fry received a total sentence of 10
Gable and Fry had been trusted by the parents of the children,
who were left in their care. They abused that trust and took advantage
of their time with the children to sexually abuse them.
horrendous acts were recorded by the pair, and the footage was stored on
their computer. They used complex software in an attempt to hide the
evidence of their abuse.
Working in close partnership with Essex
Police, the CPS built a strong case and they pleaded guilty at their
first hearing. Essex Police were initially investigating Gable for
possessing indecent images of children, when they identified him as the
male in some of the images.
The evidence gathered against them
included digital material and social media communications.
Vicar Christopher Goble, 44, from Ilmington, pleaded guilty to
downloading over 400 indecent images of children. 112 of the images were
deemed to be of the most serious category (Category A).
photographs of children were found in a hidden gallery on his mobile
phone. Police had executed a warrant to search his house on 1 Oct 2019.
A chat message was also discovered on his phone in which Goble admitted
having a sexual interest in children.
The defendant pleaded guilty.
4. More than 6,000 children under 14 have been
investigated by police for sexting offences in the past three years,
including more than 300 of primary school age, the Guardian has learned.
Figures disclosed by 27 police forces in England and Wales revealed 306
cases of children under 10, including some as young as four, being
investigated on suspicion of taking or sharing indecent images of
themselves or other minors since 2017.
In one case, a nine-year-old
boy was recorded on a police database for sending a naked selfie to a
girl on Facebook Messenger. In another, a nine-year-old girl was
recorded as an “offender” for sending images to someone on Instagram.
They were among 6,499 cases of children under 14 investigated for such
offences between 1 January 2017 and 21 August 2019, according to data
disclosed to the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act.
the detail behind many of the investigations is unknown, a significant
number are believed to involve the growing phenomenon of sexting –
consensually sending and receiving explicit messages.
sexting among teenagers has been decriminalised in some countries,
including parts of Australia and the US, but it is a crime in England
and Wales under legislation introduced 41 years ago. It is illegal for
anyone to take, make or share indecent images of children under the 1978
Protection of Children Act – even if the image is self-generated and
5. Former care-home owner John Allen,
who is already serving a life sentence for sexually abusing children,
has been jailed today for 14 and a half years for additional offences
committed over 40 years ago. Allen, 78, of Needham Market, Suffolk, was
convicted of seven counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted
buggery at Mold Crown Court in December following a six week trial. He
was found not guilty of offences relating to three other boys.
part of the same investigation by the National Crime Agency – Operation
Pallial – Allen was previously sentenced for 33 offences of child sexual
abuse in December 2014.
6. A church pastor has been
convicted of multiple (24) counts of child sexual abuse and
rapes. Michael Oluronbi, age 60, was the faith leader of a religious
group - Cherubim and Seraphim Church in Birmingham - when he committed
these vile crimes.
His wife, Juliana Oluronbi, age 58, was also
convicted of three counts of aiding and abetting rape.
Five of the
seven victims are siblings who were abused at their home address where
the church conducted services. All victims were abused from a young age
under the guise of it being religious practice. They fell under the
malign influence and authority the defendants held, and honestly
believed their actions were on God’s behalf.
discharged army officer who groomed and formed relationships
with underage girls online has been jailed. Roland Lamin’s offending
came to light when, one girl was overheard, by a teacher. The girl was
talking about a man buying her things and referring to him as their
‘sugar daddy’. Lamin, 29, was found guilty after a trial of inciting a
child to engage in sexual activity, causing a child watch a sexual act,
engaging in sexual communication with a child, making indecent images of
a child and sexual assault.
Ten men were convicted of 16 upskirting offences in
2019 – the first year legislation making it a specific crime was
available to prosecutors.
Three offenders have been jailed for taking
pictures up women’s skirts without their consent since the CPS revealed
the first set of convictions under the
Voyeurism (Offences) Act in September.
The SAFE Team