Home Affairs Committee report into FGM – Female GM: abuse unchecked – has said it is “beyond belief” that there has not been one successful prosecution since FGM was made illegal in the UK 30 years ago.  The Committee makes key recommendations around central data recording saying that current data is ineffective in measuring the extent…

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Following a legal challenge at the Court of Appeal, by the campaign group Liberty, the court  announced that criminal record checks were not in line with Article 8 of the European Human Rights Act, where everyone is entitled to privacy in home, health and correspondence.  This follows cases where people applying for jobs had been refused…

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The Health and Social Services Department of Hackney Council have been condemned by a coroner for “serious and cumulative” failures in a case which led to the deaths of two children in January 2007. The children were the subject of a child protection case and were being raised by their father although they had regular…

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Parents might well believe that if a teacher suspects that a student is being abused by a member of staff, the allegation must be reported to the local authority or police for independent investigation but this isn’t actually the case. Safeguarding Children And Safer Recruitment In Education is the government’s current guidance document which suggests…

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Today, a 138 page document has been published which is the Children’s Commissioner’s Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation. The Inquiry is being led by Sue Berelowitz, Deputy Children’s Commissioner and Chief Executive and this report is the first year’s findings of a planned two year inquiry. Below are two short extracts from the Inquiry: Extract…

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Last Friday evening saw the annual BBC Children in Need appeal. The appeal raised over £26 million on the night, a number which will undoubtedly rise. The face of the television appeal is Sir Terry Wogan and he launched the evening and addressed viewers during the evening, whilst introducing an item supporting those who are…

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Yesterday, I talked about the Carlile Report which had been published. Also published yesterday was the results of an unannounced Ofsted inspection in August. Inspectors spent 10 days examining the social services department of the Council and have now announced that child protection standards are inadequate. This was despite interim inspections showing signs of improvement. Reasons…

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Doncaster Council has in recent years been involved in a number of cases which have highlighted huge failings within the social services department. The most high profile of these was where two brothers who had been known to social services for most of their lives were responsible for a shocking child protection case involving two…

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Former Children’s Minister and current Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham, Tim Loughton, has said that he is worried that a “sensationalist witch-hunt” may be leading to deeper child protection issues in that those affected by such matters may be afraid to speak out for fear of being attacked by the media. He said…

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Recent allegations made in relation to child protection issues in care homes in North Wales have led to a senior conservative politican being named online as being involved. However, the individual responsible for naming him has today said that it was a case of mistaken identity. He had originally identified a man to police in…

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