Most online grooming offences in UK committed on Facebook-owned apps – The Guardian

Posted May 29th, 2020 in child abuse, internet, news, sexual grooming, sexual offences, statistics by sally

‘More than half of online grooming offences recorded under a law that made it illegal to send sexual messages to children were committed on Facebook-owned apps, figures reveal.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2020

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Lewes sex abuser Jonathan Smith’s victim feels hope after his jailing – BBC News

‘A woman who was systematically abused as a child by a world-renowned music director has gone from “despair to hope” after seeing him finally jailed.’

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BBC News, 22nd May 2020

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Judge names council after deciding knowledge of its social services failures in care case outweighed risk of jigsaw identification of children – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge has severely criticised the London Borough of Haringey’s child social services department, after deciding to name the council following an appeal by the Press Association over an earlier anonymity order.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 21st May 2020

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Rotherham child sex abuse inquiry ‘to continue for years’ – BBC News

Posted May 21st, 2020 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A major inquiry into historic child sex abuse in Rotherham is set to continue for up to seven years with around 600 victims still to be spoken to.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2020

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Watchdog reveals 8.8m attempts to access online child abuse in April – The Guardian

‘Nearly 9m attempts to access child sexual abuse material online were made in the UK last month during the coronavirus lockdown, according to an internet watchdog.’

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The Guardian, 20th May 2020

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Inconsistent sentencing of Defendants in cases where sexual activity against children does not actually take place – Park Square Barristers

‘This comment focuses upon two recent Court of Appeal judgments:

R v Privett [2020] EWCA Crim 557 (“Privett”); and R v Manning [2020] EWCA Crim 592 (“Manning”).’

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Park Square Barristers, 12th May 2020

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Reilly v Secretary of State for Education – Blackstone Chambers

‘This decision exemplifies the stricter approach the courts are now taking in disciplinary cases where the regulated person fails to attend a hearing.’

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Blackstone Chambers, 13th May 2020

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Sentencing Sexual Cases with a Fake Victim – Broadway House Chambers

‘There has been something of an explosion in the number of sexual offences cases coming to the Crown Court where there is no actual victim. Offenders are caught by so-called paedophile hunters or police officers going online and posing as children.’

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Broadway House Chambers, 11th May 2020

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Courts should consider coronavirus emergency when sentencing, rules Court of Appeal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On 30 April 2019, giving the lead judgment in the Court of Appeal, the Lord Chief Justice considered that the impact of a custodial sentence is likely to be heavier during the coronavirus pandemic than it would otherwise be, and that this was a factor that judges and magistrates can and should keep in mind when sentencing.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 12th May 2020

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Guy Delph: ‘Manipulative’ child rapist jailed for life – BBC News

‘A “manipulative” child rapist who shared his abuse images with his uncle has been given a life sentence.’

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BBC News, 7th May 2020

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FINDINGS OF FACT………’Failure to protect’. – Becket Chambers

‘It is always good to return to basics and remind ourselves of the fundamental principle that ‘findings of fact’ must be based on evidence, and this can include inferences that can properly be drawn from the evidence’. A reminder that it is not on suspicion or simply speculation. (RE A (Fact Finding: Disputed Findings) [2011] EWCA Civ 12 [2011] 1 FLR 1817.’

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Becket Chambers, 5th May 2020

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Successful remote hearings: Shannon Woodley discusses the case of T v Derby City Council, A, B and X [2020] EWCA Civ 507 – Park Square Barristers

Posted May 7th, 2020 in child abuse, evidence, live link evidence, news, remote hearings by sally

‘On 7th April 2020, in one of the first hearings of its kind to be held remotely, the Court of Appeal set aside findings that a father perpetrated sexual abuse against his 9 year old daughter, X.’

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Park Square Barristers, 29th April 2020

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SRA paralegal banned after child offences conviction – Legal Futures

‘A paralegal who was working at the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has been banned from the profession after being jailed for online sexual offences involving children.’

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Legal Futures, 1st May 2020

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Re P (A Child remote Hearing) [2020] EWFC 32 – No. 5 Chambers

‘On 16th April 2020, Sir Andrew McFarlane handed down a case management judgment on a public law case which may have significant implications for case management decisions until court services return to normal. The case in question was on the issue of fabricated or induced illness and the issue was whether the final hearing should proceed remotely. The Mother opposed the local authority care plan. It was listed for a fifteen day hearing addressing whether she had harmed her seven year old daughter. Despite the coronavirus pandemic both the Father and the local authority supported the hearing continuing remotely. The Mother’s Solicitors’ had assumed it would proceed with plans to take instructions by Zoom or in between each piece of evidence. There were to be three expert witnesses.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 24th April 2020

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Supply teacher jailed for sexually assaulting six girls at primary school – The Guardian

Posted April 28th, 2020 in child abuse, news, school children, sentencing, sexual offences, teachers by sally

‘A supply teacher has been jailed for eight and a half years for sexually assaulting six girls at a primary school in North Yorkshire, two years after similar allegations were dropped.’

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The Guardian, 27th April 2020

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Coronavirus: Internet child abuse images ‘not being deleted’ – BBC News

‘Coronavirus has led to a “global slowdown” in the removal of internet child abuse images, say campaigners.’

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BBC News, 27th April 2020

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EXE v Governors of the Royal Naval School [2020] EWHC 596 QB – 39 Essex Chambers

‘The Defendants employed a 30 year old man “Hughes” as a kitchen porter from 15 October 1990 to 10 July 1991 at their school for girls. He was provided with accommodation on the school premises. The Defendants were not aware that Hughes had a criminal record, including offences of indecent assault on a female and unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under the age of 15. Had the Defendants been aware of these convictions, Hughes would not have been offered employment.’

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39 Essex Chambers, 22nd April 2020

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MPs call for action over expected rise in child sexual abuse during pandemic – The Guardian

‘Increased funding for children’s helplines is among the urgent measures being demanded by a group of cross-party MPs to tackle child sexual abuse during the coronavirus pandemic.’

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The Guardian, 16th April 2020

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The Non-Disclosure and Barring Service: Victim Access to Information – Panopticon

‘If you believe that an individual who works with children sexually assaulted you, but was never prosecuted for that allegation, it is understandable that you might wish to know whether that person has been placed on the formal list of persons barred from engaging in regulated activity with children, run by the Disclosure and Barring Service (“DBS”). But it is also understandable why the DBS might not wish to tell you (and thereby the public at large) who is or is not barred, and even more so why the individual accused would not wish that to be revealed. Who’s rights win out?’

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Panopticon, 8th April 2020

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Paedophile couple who met on Tinder jailed for 48 years after ‘sinking to depths of depravity’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A paedophile couple who met on Tinder have been jailed for 48 years after “sinking to the depths of depravity” to satisfy their own sexual urges.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th March 2020

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