East Kent baby deaths: Trust was short of staff – BBC News

‘There were not enough maternity staff to keep mothers and babies safe at a hospital trust at the centre of a baby deaths scandal, inspectors have found.’

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BBC News, 15th October 2021

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Sarah Everard: Police forces to review allegations of sex offences and domestic abuse involving serving officers – The Independent

‘All police forces in England and Wales are to review allegations of indecent exposure, sex offences and violence against women by serving officers.’

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The Independent, 12th October 2021

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A third of police forces referred sex assault claims to watchdog – The Guardian

‘Almost a third of police forces in England and Wales referred allegations of sexual assault and harassment against their own officers to the police watchdog in the days following the sentencing of Wayne Couzens for the murder of Sarah Everard, the Observer can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2021

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Faith schools and safeguarding: R (Khalsa Academies Trust Ltd) – Law & Religion UK

‘The Khalsa Academies Trust Ltd is a multi-academy trust responsible for operating three academies, one of which is Khalsa Secondary Academy in Stoke Poges. Ofsted had concluded in January 2020 that the Academy was “Inadequate” and “requiring special measures”: in particular, that the arrangements for safeguarding were “not effective” and that “Leaders, including those at trust and governance level, have not learned from serious safeguarding failures. They have not acted with the urgency required.” The Secretary of State then decided that the Academy should be transferred, or “re-brokered”, to the Sikh Academy Trust. In R (Khalsa Academies Trust Ltd) v Secretary of State for Education [2021] EWHC 2660 (Admin), the Trust sought judicial review of that decision.’

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Law & Religion UK, 7th October 2021

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Major NHS trust downgraded by care watchdog amid safety fears – The Independent

Posted October 8th, 2021 in health & safety, hospitals, news, ombudsmen, quality assurance by tracey

‘One of the largest hospital trusts in England has been downgraded by the care watchdog amid safety fears and criticism that bosses did not act on staff concerns.’

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The Independent, 8th October 2021

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TikTok and Twitch face fines under new Ofcom rules – BBC News

‘Ofcom has laid out the measures it will require video-sharing platforms to take to better protect users.’

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BBC News, 6th October 2021

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Watchdog launches probe into Leicester City and JD Sports over merchandise – The Independent

Posted October 1st, 2021 in competition, news, ombudsmen, sport by tracey

‘The UK competition watchdog has launched an investigation in Leicester City FC and retailer JD Sports over the sale of club merchandise.’

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The Independent, 30th September 2021

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Sarah Everard: Female officers ‘fear reporting male colleagues’ – BBC News

‘Female police officers fear reporting male colleagues as they worry they will be abandoned if they need help on duty, says a former senior officer. Ex-Met Ch Supt Parm Sandhu said female officers fear being “kicked in” while dealing with street violence. And a police watchdog inspector has admitted she would be concerned to approach a lone male officer at night.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2021

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More NHS maternity units criticised for poor cultures, bullying and staff shortages – The Independent

Posted October 1st, 2021 in birth, bullying, employment, hospitals, midwives, news, ombudsmen, pregnancy by tracey

‘Two more NHS maternity units have been criticised by the care watchdog over concerns about safety, with inspectors highlighting poor cultures and bullying as well as staff shortages leaving midwives visibly upset.’

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The Independent, 1st October 2021

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Will The Online Safety Bill Impact Your Rights? – Each Other

‘The internet is an untamed beast with sparse rules and regulations, so comprehensive moderation – whether desirable or not – seems an impossible task. Nonetheless, it is one with which the UK government is currently attempting to grapple.’

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Each Other, 23rd September 2021

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Fear of more baby deaths as ministers stand firm on jailing pregnant women – The Guardian

‘Experts have warned that more babies could die in prison owing to the government’s expansion of female prison places and ministers’ refusal to grant multiple requests to end the incarceration of pregnant women.’

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The Guardian, 23rd September 2021

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Banks must treat victims of scams more fairly, says UK complaints body – The Guardian

Posted September 24th, 2021 in banking, complaints, consumer protection, fraud, news, ombudsmen, statistics by sally

‘Banks need to do more to treat people fairly when they are the victim of scams, according to the UK financial sector’s official complaints body, which is finding in the customer’s favour in three-quarters of such cases.’

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The Guardian, 24th September 2021

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Violence against women and girls should be treated with same priority as terrorism, says watchdog – The Independent

‘“Radical” change is needed to stop an epidemic of violence against women and girls in Britain, a watchdog has found.
An inspection sparked by the killing of Sarah Everard, who was kidnapped, raped and murdered by a serving police officer, said police must prioritise protecting women as highly as counter-terrorism.’

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The Independent, 17th September 2021

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Police watchdog probes case of Black man, 70, left in hospital after being stopped for faulty brake light – The Independent

Posted September 17th, 2021 in assault, news, ombudsmen, police, professional conduct, racism by tracey

‘An incident in which an elderly Black man needed hospital treatment for serious facial injuries after being stopped by officers over a faulty brake light has been referred to the police watchdog.’

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The Independent, 17th September 2021

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Watchdog finds ‘staggering variation’ in police use of Clare’s Law – The Guardian

Posted September 17th, 2021 in criminal justice, domestic violence, news, ombudsmen, police, statistics, violence, women by tracey

‘Clare’s Law, a scheme designed to protect unsuspecting women from new partners with a history of violence, is not being used properly by police forces, putting some women at risk of harm, a policing watchdog has warned.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2021

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Watchdog criticises hospital bosses for widespread bullying – The Independent

‘Inspectors have rated the leadership of Nottingham University Hospitals Trust as inadequate after hearing of widespread bullying and staff fearful of raising concerns.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2021

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Web cookies rules could be set for shake-up – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 8th, 2021 in brexit, data protection, government departments, internet, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Rules requiring cookie consent pop-ups on websites could be in for a shake-up following a move by the data watchdog which is likely to feature in government plans to reform data protection laws.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 7th September 2021

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Child abuse investigations: Met Police warned it could be putting children in danger – BBC News

‘The Met Police has been warned it could put children in danger because of the way it investigates online abuse.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2021

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New training needed for police after children and mentally ill people Tasered, watchdog warns – The Independent

‘Police must be trained to use Tasers only when “absolutely necessary”, a watchdog has said after a review found the weapons were being used against children and mentally ill people.’

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The Independent, 26th August 2021

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Cressida Dick referred to police watchdog over ‘defence of officer facing criminal trial’ – The Independent

‘Dame Cressida Dick has been referred to the police watchdog after publicly supporting a senior officer who faces a criminal trial in relation to a bullying probe.’

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The Independent, 22nd August 2021

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