Sexual harassment and universities’ legal obligations – the government’s new taskforce – Education Law Blog

‘Many of you will have heard about the government’s recent decision to set up a taskforce to tackle violence against women on campus. (See the government press release here.) This move is timeous or long overdue (depending on your viewpoint) in the light of the accumulating momentum of campaigns by various individuals and organisations to highlight the high incidence of sexual violence/harassment on campus.’

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Education Law Blog, 23rd September 2015

Source: www.education11kbw.com

When can the courts rule on the legality of future behaviour? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This case concerned the application of the law in relation to future conduct, in particular, the role of the judicial review procedure in determining what precisely is meant by the prohibition on the selling of live animals under the Pet Animals Act 1951.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th August 2015

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

South Yorkshire police still falling short on child protection, says inspector – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2015 in children, crime prevention, news, police, reports by tracey

‘South Yorkshire police still need to make “major improvements” to child protection, three years after the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal, according to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Changes in legislation reflected in new gang definition – Home Office

Posted June 9th, 2015 in crime prevention, drug offences, gangs, injunctions, press releases by tracey

‘The Home Office has today (8 June) published revised statutory guidance to reflect changes to the legislation on gang injunctions.’

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Home Office, 8th June 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Child sexual exploitation disruption orders: preventing is better than reacting – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted April 10th, 2015 in child abuse, crime prevention, news, police, social services by tracey

‘The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for new orders to curb sexual predators, stating that the next government should introduce a new type of banning order to stop those suspected of grooming children for sexual exploitation.The LGA is calling for the introduction of “disruption orders”, which would be backed by the courts and give social workers and police a way of intervening in child sexual exploitation when they suspect something is going on, but cannot provide evidence to bring a criminal prosecution without a child having been already harmed.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 9th April 2015

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

What should we do with violent children? One secure home may have the answer – The Guardian

‘The young people locked up in Clayfields House have been convicted of serious crimes, from assault to murder. Under close supervision, many have turned their lives around – but now this unusual prison may be under threat.’

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The Guardian, 18th March 2015

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

This is Abuse summary report – Home Office

‘This report summarises the development and evaluation of the campaign.’

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Home Office, 8th March 2015

Source: www.gov.uk/home-office

Are murderers born or made? – BBC News

Posted March 9th, 2015 in child abuse, crime prevention, criminal responsibility, DNA, murder, news by tracey

‘Murders are tragic but rare. But what drives some people to kill? Michael Mosley has been looking into research exploring the minds of murderers.’

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BBC News, 9th March 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

PM: Staff and members to face criminal offence of ‘wilful neglect’ over CSE – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government is to consult on extending the new criminal offence of ‘wilful neglect’ of patients to children’s social care, education and elected members in a bid to eradicate “the culture of denial”, the Prime Minister has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd March 2015

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Can you stop a paedophile before they even start? – BBC News

‘Between 1-2% of men are thought to be paedophiles. Some become dangerous criminals preying on children, while others never act on their feelings. However views are divided on how and when to intervene in order to protect children.’

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BBC News, 4th February 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

The end of the CCTV era? – BBC News

‘Twenty years ago the government backed a major expansion of the CCTV network – now funds are being cut and cameras shut off. Is the UK’s CCTV boom over, asks Rachel Argyle.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2015

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Foreign criminals’ data taken off police records – The Guardian

‘Biometrics commissioner warns privacy laws meant to protect innocent could also guard those committing offences abroad.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Criminals breaching community orders ‘should be jailed for a week’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2014 in crime, crime prevention, news, probation, sentencing by sally

‘Major new report calls for new ‘short, sharp shock’ for prolific offenders.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Investing in crime fighting technology: accountability versus privacy rights – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘The London Met has recently indicated that officers will be fitted with body cameras. Other wearable technology such as wi-fi enabled clothing that allows real-time tracking, vital sign monitoring and constant communications is being trialled in the US.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 21st November 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk

Domestic Violence Prevention and Punishment – A Multi-faceted Approach – Family Law Week

Posted November 11th, 2014 in crime prevention, criminal justice, domestic violence, news by tracey

‘Syvil Lloyd Morris, Director of Famil Law at Bastian Lloyd Morris Solicitor Advocates, considers the developing interrelationship between the criminal and family jurisdictions in relation to cases of domestic violence.’

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Family Law Week, 6th November 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Criminals could appeal after Home Office admits potentially misleading DNA evidence presented to juries – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 24th, 2014 in appeals, crime, crime prevention, DNA, juries, news by sally

‘Forensic expert Peter Gill, who raised the issue with the Home Office in April said the recognition that subjective interpretations of DNA evidence were potentially biased and unscientific and could lead to a number of appeals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd September 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part II – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the first of this four part series, Nav Virk sets out the general philosophical underpinnings of the current policy approach.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 27th August 2014

Source: www.no5.com

Juvenile Offenders: A Different Approach Needed? – Part I – No. 5 Chambers

‘In this series written for Criminal Law & Justice Weekly, Navpreet Virk and No5 member Richard Gibbs present the opposing arguments surrounding the manner in which the youth courts treat juveniles convicted of criminal offences and examine the countervailing arguments and policies. In the first of this four part series, Nav Virk sets out the general philosophical underpinnings of the current policy approach.’

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No. 5 Chambers, 21st August 2014

Source: www.no5.com

‘Hardcore’ criminals with 100 convictions avoid prison – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 7th, 2014 in assault, crime, crime prevention, criminal damage, news, prisons, recidivists, sentencing by sally

‘A “hardcore” of repeat offenders, some with more than 100 convictions, are avoiding prison in record numbers, ministers have admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th August 2014

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Serious Crime Bill: “Cinderella clause” and “Paedophile Manual” – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in bills, child cruelty, crime, crime prevention, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Here is a summary of the various minor provisions of the Serious Crime Bill. This is partly a tinkering exercise, but creates two new offences that are far from uncontroversial.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 2nd July 2014

Source: www.halsburyslawexchange.co.uk