SAFE Newlsetter: October Newsletter
Welcome to the Safeguarding News Roundup for October 2019. We
are pleased to announce a new set of dates for our cost-effective,
public safeguarding courses at our offices in Eye, Suffolk.
A Round up of Safeguarding News for
National Rural Crime Week of Action was 6th to 13th October The aim
of the week was to put the work being done to identify and tackle rural
and wildlife crime in the spotlight and encourage more support for the
efforts ensure communities across rural Britain are safe and feel safe.
During this year's
Hate Crime Awareness Week, 12th to the 19th October , Fiyaz Mugal,
co-chair of the CPS Community Accountability Forum and founder of
TellMAMA talked about building trust through tackling hate crime.
Anti-Slavery Day was
on the 18th October and the Local Government Association warned that
referrals of potential child victims of modern slavery made by councils
in England have soared by 800 per cent in five years, The LGA said the
spiralling referral rates are being fuelled by an increasing awareness
of modern slavery and the growing issue of young people being exploited
by county lines drugs gangs, which is putting council services under
increasing and significant pressure.
Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner for
England, has published a report,
Gaming the system which looks at the experiences of children who
play games online. The Children's Commissioner's Office commissioned the
research company Revealing Reality to speak to groups of children who
play online games like FIFA, Fortnite and Roblox about what they love
and what worries them about gaming, both to shine a light on their
experiences and to inform policy recommendations.
With 93% of
children in the UK playing video games, the Children's Commissioner is
today calling for new rules to tighten up gambling laws and to address
the worries children have expressed about how they feel out of control
of their spending on online games.
Statutory and Non
Keeping Children Safe in Education September 2019 updated October 1st
2019 was updated October 1st 2019
The additions made are on
page 46 and say:
"164. The DBS will consider whether to bar the
person. Detailed guidance on when to refer to the DBS, and what
information must be provided, can be found on GOV.UK.
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."
England and Wales
All charity trustees have to ensure that their
charity prioritises the safety of anyone who comes into contact with
New guidance helps them do this and explains their duties under
safeguarding law. It also covers the wider measures they need to take to
protect people from harm,
Reports, Reviews, Resources,
Research, Consultations and Inquiries
Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has published a report into
Ealing Abbey and St Benedict's School.
This is part of the
English Benedictine Congregation case study and is within the wider
investigation into the Roman Catholic Church. The report contains an
update of the Ampleforth and Downside case studies, also part of the
English Benedictine Congregation.
Six new Case Reviews were published in September 2019
Edward Timpson, Chair of the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel,
has written a letter to Gavin Williamson Secretary of State for
Education, announcing a national child safeguarding practice review into
sudden unexpected infant death (SUDI) in families where the children are
considered at risk of harm.
Worthy of note
1. A cab driver has been hailed by
police after he saved a woman trafficked into the UK to be
prostituted. Tahir Mehmood, a Coventry-based taxi driver, is in line for
a police commendation after saving the victim from being forced into the
sex trade.Mr Mehmood had been called by Robert Enescu, 26, who wanted
the woman to be ferried to a location across the city. During the ride
Mr Mehmood's passenger, a married woman that had arrived in the UK four
days previously, broke down and revealed she had been lured to the UK on
the false promise of a masseuse job and subsequently forced into illegal
sex work.Mr Mehmood, a married father of two, immediately called the
police. The next day officers raided a brothel in the city to rescue
several other suspected sex slaves.
Medical Council has joined with seven other healthcare
professional regulators to publish
an annual report on whistleblowing disclosures.
The report covers
the 12 months from April 2018 to March 2019 and shows that the GMC
received 35 whistleblowing disclosures during that period. This was an
increase on the previous year when 23 concerns were raised.
disclosures the majority, 33, were made to the GMC's Fitness to Practise
13 were concluded after an initial assessment
being carried out.
15 developed into preliminary or full
Four were not progressed due to insufficient
information and no further information being provided.
One was closed as the information was already
The GMC's Registration and Revalidation teams
received the other two concerns. One resulted in advice being given to
the discloser and the other was referred to the Fitness to Practise
Of all the disclosures received by the GMC, 13 were made
by doctors, ten were made by other healthcare professionals and 12 were
anonymous. Nine of the 35 disclosures are still going through the
"We take any concerns raised with us very
seriously, and publishing this report should give people confidence that
regulators across healthcare will take action where necessary. "
3. A Family Court judge has published
a judgment in relation to a 15-and-a-half year old girl to
highlight the resource issues that local authorities face looking after
young vulnerable people at risk of harm, describing the problems as
In Dorset Council v A (Residential Placement: Lack of
Resources)  EWFC 62 His Honour Judge Dancey, sitting as a section
9 judge, made a care order on 12 August 2019 and on 30 September 2019 a
final deprivation of liberty (DOLs) order in respect of the girl, A.
The local authority has been involved with A's family since 2017, the
judge said. "Her parents used drugs. Their relationship was violent and
abusive. They didn't supervise A properly. She didn't have proper
boundaries. For a time A was living with her father. He gave her
cigarettes. A said she used and dealt cannabis. A's behaviour went
downhill. She often went missing. Social workers were worried that she
was at risk of sexual exploitation. They said she was beyond the control
of her parents."
In August 2018 the police used their powers to
protect A. Her mother agreed to her being voluntarily accommodated in
foster placements. However, A found it difficult to comply with the
rules in her foster homes and went missing again. She was placed in a
residential unit in Shropshire where she was able to get some
therapeutic parenting. However, she had to go to hospital a number of
times because she was self-harming.
At this point, the judge said, A
had been excluded from school and wasn't getting any formal education.
Judge Dancey stressed that the social worker and her team manager ("for
whose professionalism and dedication I have the greatest respect") had
been working tirelessly with the commissioning team to find a permanent
placement for A.
"They had constantly been putting out literally
hundreds of enquiries to possible providers around the country to try
and find something suitable. It was not that Dorset were unwilling to
find or fund a permanent placement. It was simply that nothing could be
found," they said.
3. County Lines drug networks
have been targeted in a week of coordinated law enforcement activity
across the UK, leading to record numbers of more than 700 arrests, 681
people safeguarded, and almost half a million pounds worth of drugs
The targeted activity, co-ordinated by the National County
Lines Coordination Centre (NCLCC), which is jointly run by the NCA and
NPCC, was led by police forces and Regional Organised Crime Units
This is the fourth week of intensification since the NCLCC
was launched in 2018, which have so far prevented more than 3000
vulnerable people, including children, from being exploited by drug
gangs, across the four weeks.
Between 7 and 13 October:
652 men and 91 women were arrested;
389 vulnerable adults and 292 children were
engaged for safeguarding purposes;
655 cuckooed addresses were visited
49 'deal lines' were seized;
There were 41 referrals to the National
Referral Mechanism (NRM), which assesses individuals as potential
victims of human trafficking/modern slavery;
Officers seized cash totalling £183,976
169 weapons were seized including:
swords, machetes, an axe, knives, samurai
swords, and a crossbow
Significant amounts of drugs were recovered,
£253,200 worth of Cocaine
£100,170 worth of Crack Cocaine
£72,670 worth of Heroin
This week of intensification is just one part of
the law enforcement response to tackling County Lines, with police
forces and ROCUs regularly undertaking activity to target offenders and
And the reason to remain vigilant in
all aspects of safeguarding
1. Blind cords or
'silent killers'? An inquest into the death of a toddler who
was strangled by a window blind cord heard pleas for action to avert
similar tragedies in the future.The coroner urged parents and carers to
double check their homes to ensure the 'silent killers' were removed or
modified. His warning came after the parents of two-year-old Bryan Saba
issued heartfelt calls for steps to be taken to stop any other child
dying that way.
2. Jake Cunningham, 26, of Brailes Drive,
Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, received a six-month jail sentence for
extreme pornography on Monday 30 September at Birmingham Crown Court. He
received a jail sentence for possessing 17 obscene videos which he had
received via Whatsapp, all of which were still available on his Whatsapp
account and had not been deleted and two of which were saved on his
phone. He also shared two of these videos with at least one other
person. The disturbing videos, which featured adults and a child engaged
in sexual activity with animals, were recovered by police after he was
arrested on an unrelated matter. Cunningham and an accomplice were
suspects in a theft case regarding stolen property worth £1,610 from
Gymshark and his phone had been seized as part of that investigation. He
received 16 months' imprisonment for theft at his sentencing today.
Cunningham also received an 18-month prison sentence for possession with
intent to supply drugs and a two-month concurrent prison sentence for
simple possession of cocaine. His combined prison sentence is two years
and 10 months.
3. An automotive engineer has admitted
paying two women to sexually abuse children online, after a
National Crime Agency investigation. Dean Petley, 30, met the women on
an adult services website. He paid one woman, Jodie Little, who called
herself 'devil bitch 666', £750 from January 2017 to February 2018 to
see her sexually abuse two young children. Little, 30, originally from
Huddersfield was jailed in August for 12 years and four months for the
crimes. Petley, of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, paid the second woman
£2,285 over three years to watch her sexually abuse a young girl. In
July last year the NCA became aware of Little, who also used the online
name 'DomTabooSlut', and began an investigation.
4. A man who repeatedly raped his
daughters, fathering six children, has been found guilty at
Swansea Crown Court.The offences happened over two decades, during which
time he would rape the girls at home, in his car and at other locations.
Instructions were received by the girls through what they believed was a
psychic app, which was in fact their father instructing them to have sex
with him and other men. DNA tests carried out as part of the
investigation showed that six children born to one of the daughters were
her father's children. Hayley Fackrell, of the CPS said: "These
sickening acts of abuse were carried out by a person that was supposed
to protect and care for the victims, but instead he systematically
controlled their lives, grooming them for his sexual gratification.
5. Benjamin Field carried out a targeted
campaign of manipulation against churchgoers Peter Farquhar,
69, and Ann Moore-Martin, 83, who lived doors apart in the picturesque
Buckinghamshire village of Maids Moreton. Field, 28, embarked on a
relationship with Farquhar, plying him with a disorientating cocktail of
drugs and alcohol to make him question his sanity. Field even took part
in a marriage-like ceremony with Farquhar and told people his retired
former lecturer was an alcoholic who was suffering from dementia. In
fact, he was slowly being poisoned by the drugs he was unwittingly
taking. Robbie Weber, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the CPS, said: "This
highly unusual case reads almost like the plot from a novel but
tragically, the intentions of Field were all too real." It was Benjamin
Field's intention from the outset to cruelly and ruthlessly manipulate
his victims into changing their wills."The campaign to make Mr Farquhar
question his own sanity was such a success that when Field killed him in
October 2015, even the coroner believed the death was caused by
alcoholism. Field also wrote love letters to Miss Moore-Martin and left
messages on her mirrors 'from God' telling her to leave him her
house.Field has been sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of
36 years at Oxford Crown Court.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) as regulators of
healthcare services, medicines and health professionals
throughout the UK, recognise the importance of encouraging innovation,
improvement and sustainability in care, while ensuring that it meets
fundamental standards of quality and safety. Online provision of health
and care services challenges the existing regulatory landscape by
transforming how care is delivered, where and by whom.
"We know the
majority of medicines are prescribed and dispensed safely and
appropriately online. However, in some cases people are able to access
medicines that are not appropriate for them, or in quantities that their
regular GP or other NHS services would not prescribe for them. The
impact on people and their families can be catastrophic. Over time, we
have become concerned that some providers of online primary care are
configuring services in ways that take them out of scope of some or all
UK regulators. This means they are not legally subject to the same
inspections and safety checks."
A UK-wide cross regulatory forum was
established in February 2017. As members, we share information and work
together to take a coordinated approach, address regulatory gaps, and
help improve the quality and safety of services for people in the UK. We
continue to develop our understanding of the benefits and risks of
primary care services delivered online, and we work with health and care
providers to encourage the use of evidence-based best practice. Members
of the forum have specific actions and plans to achieve this:
The professional and system regulators are
working together with partner organisations to develop shared
principles on remote consultations and prescribing to provide
support to regulated healthcare providers and professionals.
We are also jointly developing information for
the public to consider when using online services, to ensure they
can access evidence-based, safe and effective care.
The General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) has
published updated guidance for pharmacy owners providing pharmacy
services at a distance, including on the internet. This includes
further safeguards to help make sure that people can only obtain
medicines from online pharmacies that are safe and clinically
appropriate for them. GPhC inspectors are looking for evidence that
the guidance is being followed during pharmacy inspections.
The General Medical Council (GMC) has guidance
for doctors on remote consultations and prescribing, as well as
specific advice on good practice in this area. Later this year GMC
plans to launch a call for evidence on whether its prescribing
guidance needs to be updated in light of the fast pace of change in
remote healthcare services.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has
inspected all registered online providers in England and published
the findings from the first programme of inspections. All registered
online providers will now receive a quality rating following
inspection. CQC has requested changes to the law to bring online
providers into regulation that have so far been out of scope due to
their configuration, which means they must be registered with CQC by
The Regulation and Quality Improvement
Authority (RQIA) inspects all registered online providers in
Northern Ireland. If the online provider is also registered and
inspected by another system regulator, RQIA uses the information
from the most recent inspection to inform its inspection approach.
The Medicines and Healthcare products
Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has undertaken a sustained public awareness
campaign targeting specific audiences about fake medicines. MHRA is
working with the Department of Health and Social Care and others to
review opioid addiction, including online sales.
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