Man admits killing woman and three children in Derbyshire – The Guardian

Posted October 5th, 2022 in child abuse, children, families, homicide, murder, news, rape, sexual offences by sally

‘A man has admitted the manslaughter of a mother and three children, but pleaded not guilty to their murders and denied raping one of the child victims.’

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The Guardian, 4th October 2022

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Court of Appeal to hear child’s ‘failure to remove’ claim under the Human Rights Act – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has agreed to hear an appeal of a claim that Worcestershire County Council and Birmingham City Council both failed to remove a boy (AB) from the care of his mother.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd September 2022

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Failure to remove claims now harder to strike out – Local Government Lawyer

‘Claimants in two unconnected cases recently won their appeals over the striking out of their claims in negligence brought against the local authorities arising out of the exercise of their statutory functions under the Children Act 1989. Sarah Erwin-Jones and Louse Fisher consider the implications of this decision.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th September 2022

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Liability of schools for abuse by work experience student – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Donnelly and Samuel Dawber discuss the implications of a recent High Court case where it was found that a relationship between a school and a work experience student was insufficient to give rise to vicarious liability.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th September 2022

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Carmarthenshire rapist fathered six children with his daughter – BBC News

Posted September 9th, 2022 in child abuse, children, families, incest, news, rape, sexual offences by tracey

‘A safeguarding report has revealed a man, 62, who had been living in Carmarthenshire, fathered six children with his own daughter.’

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BBC News, 8th September 2022

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Court of Appeal reopens claims on child abuse duty of care – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that negligence claims against local authorities over their duty of care to abused children must be heard in court.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st September 2022

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Dad tells of teen daughter’s long wait for rape trial – BBC News

‘The father of a 15-year-old girl, who has been waiting two years for her rape trial, has told the BBC about the devastating impact of court delays.’

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BBC News, 31st August 2022

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Teacher who ran church holiday club jailed for child sex offences after handing himself in 36 years later – The Independent

‘A former school teacher has been jailed for a string of historical sex offences against young girls after he handed himself into police 36 years later.’

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The Independent, 16th August 2022

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F And G (Children : Sexual Abuse Allegations) [2022] EWCA Civ 1002 – Family Law Week

Posted August 16th, 2022 in appeals, child abuse, children, evidence, judgments, news by sally

‘The child had been the subject of an “ABE” interview that was non-compliant with best practice guidance in various ways. She had undergone a medical examination, and the examining doctor concluded that against a backdrop of a clear allegation from the child, the clinical findings supported the allegation of penetrative abuse. Written evidence from a paediatrician concluded that hymenal notches were “suggestive” of penetration.’

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Family Law Week, 1st August 2022

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Foreign convictions are admissible as evidence in family proceedings, Court of Appeal holds – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that foreign judicial findings or convictions that are relevant to a person’s suitability to care for children may be used as evidence in family proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2022

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Greater Manchester Police: Probe into ex-officers over grooming inquiry closed – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2022 in child abuse, children, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘An investigation into three ex-senior officers who led an inquiry into child sexual exploitation has been discontinued by the police watchdog.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2022

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Warwickshire Police told to improve child protection services Published 2 hours ago – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2022 in child abuse, children, internet, news, police, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘A police force has been told to improve its child protection services after inspectors found a third of cases were dealt with inadequately.’

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BBC News, 5th August 2022

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Virginity Testing Is Made A Criminal Offence Across The UK – Each Other

Posted August 4th, 2022 in bills, child abuse, children, families, health, human rights, news, women by tracey

‘TRIGGER WARNING: Please note that this piece includes language and themes of child abuse, virginity testing and coercion that some may find triggering.

The government has made it illegal to carry out, offer or aid and abet virginity testing or hymenoplasty in any part of the UK under the Health and Care Act 2022. Virginity tests breach women’s and girls’ fundamental rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), including the right to be free from torture and inhuman treatment and the right to private and family life.’

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Each Other, 3rd August 2022

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Court of Appeal outlines approach advocates and judges should take to requests for clarification of judgments – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has considered the extent to which judges are required to respond to requests for clarifications in judgments.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th July 2022

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Met fails in second bid to sack senior officer over child abuse video – The Guardian

‘The high court has thrown out the Metropolitan police’s latest attempt to sack a decorated senior black officer, with a judge branding one of its arguments “hopeless”.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2022

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Police officer who filmed woman getting changed in Primark avoids prison – Daily Telegraph

‘A Metropolitan Police officer caught spying on a woman in the changing room of a Primark store has avoided jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd July 2022

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UK cybersecurity chiefs back plan to scan phones for child abuse images – The Guardian

‘Tech companies should move ahead with controversial technology that scans for child abuse imagery on users’ phones, the technical heads of GCHQ and the UK’s National Cybersecurity Centre have said. So-called “client-side scanning” would involve service providers such as Facebook or Apple building software that monitors communications for suspicious activity without needing to share the contents of messages with a centralised server.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2022

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Reforming clergy discipline in the Church of England – Law & Religion UK

‘The General Synod of the Church of England has voted in favour of the first steps to legislate for a Clergy Conduct Measure which will replace the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003. The vote follows the publication of the report by the Clergy Conduct Measure Implementation Group, Under Authority Revisited, which sets out proposals for complaints to be allocated into three different tracks, depending on seriousness: “Grievance”, “Allegation of misconduct” and “Allegation of serious misconduct”.’

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Law & Religion UK, 13th July 2022

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Over 1,000 children in Telford were sexually exploited, inquiry finds – The Guardian

Posted July 13th, 2022 in child abuse, children, gangs, inquiries, news, racism, sexual grooming, sexual offences by tracey

‘More than a thousand children in Telford were sexually exploited over decades amid the failure of authorities to investigate “emboldened offenders”, an independent inquiry into the scandal has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2022

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Warning of ‘tsunami of online child abuse’ as figures show grooming cases rise – The Independent

‘A “tsunami” of online child abuse is taking place in the UK, the NSPCC has said as it published data showing a more than 80% rise in online grooming crimes being recorded by police over the last four years.’

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The Independent, 5th July 2022

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