Teachers in England could face ban for failing to report evidence of sexual abuse of children – The Guardian

‘Teachers in England face being banned if they fail to report evidence of children being subjected to sexual abuse under plans for new legislation announced by the home secretary, James Cleverly.’

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The Guardian, 21st February 2024

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Tougher sentences for ‘rough sex’ killers – Ministry of Justice

‘Cowards who kill their partners with sexual violence will face longer behind bars as the government continues to clamp down on domestic abuse against women.’

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Ministry of Justice, 14th February 2024

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David Carrick: Rapist PC stripped of full state-funded pension – BBC News

‘Rapist police officer David Carrick has been stripped of his full state-funded pension, the mayor of London has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 18th February 2024

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‘Toxic’ online culture fuelling rise in sexual assaults on children by other children, police warn – The Guardian

‘An alarming rise in sexual assaults on children by other children is being fuelled by access to a “toxic” online culture, Britain’s most senior child protection officer has warned, as an Observer investigation revealed a sharp increase in abuse by under-18s reported to police.’

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The Guardian, 17th February 2024

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Triangulation and flexibility: taking capacity seriously in changing circumstances – Mental Capacity Law and Policy

‘Re DY [2024] EWCOP 4 is a case showing how demanding taking capacity seriously is – and should be. It concerned a young woman, whom the court had previously found to lack capacity in to make decisions about residence, care and contact, but to have capacity to make decisions about engaging in sexual relations, in face of strenuous arguments to the contrary from the local authority. Injunctive orders were then made against the woman’s former foster carer, suspected of sexually abusing DY; at a subsequent hearing, the court made a final order that DY had the capacity to make decisions relating to her use of contraception, having accepted a report from DY’s GP.’

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Mental Capacity Law and Policy, 11th February 2024

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Ex-Scout leader from Ipswich sentenced over secret filming – BBC News

‘A former Scout leader has been jailed for 20 months for voyeurism and making indecent images of children.’

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BBC News, 13th February 2024

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First person in England and Wales convicted of cyberflashing – The Guardian

Posted February 13th, 2024 in indecent exposure, internet, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A 39-year-old man has become the first person in England and Wales to be convicted of cyberflashing, which became an offence in January as part of the Online Safety Act.’

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The Guardian, 12th February 2024

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Police failed to investigate officer abuse complaints, say women – BBC News

‘Seven women are accusing Devon and Cornwall Police of failing to investigate serving and former officers for domestic abuse and sexual violence.’

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BBC News, 12th February 2024

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One in nine child victims blamed by Met for their own abuse, watchdog finds – The Independent

‘Vulnerable children – who were often victims of abuse, neglect or sexual exploitation – were described as “making poor choices” in concerning language used by Metropolitan Police officers, according to damning report from the police watchdog, which also concluded that 12 in every 100 children were in some way blamed for their abuse.’

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The Independent, 9th February 2024

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Police forced to run background checks on sex abuse suspects or face sack under proposed ‘Gaia’s Law’ – The Independent

‘Police officers who fail to run background checks on sex offence suspects will face being fired under new measures proposed to parliament to crackdown on sexual predators.’

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The Independent, 1st February 2024

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‘Women sit next to abusers at music industry parties’ MPs warn – BBC News

Posted January 30th, 2024 in equality, harassment, news, reports, select committees, sexual offences by tracey

‘The music industry is still a “boys’ club” where sexual harassment and abuse are common, MPs warned in a report. The Women and Equalities Committee said musicians have to sit beside sexual abusers at parties and events, due to a “culture of silence”.’

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BBC News, 30th January 2024

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Paedophile who subjected child to campaign of horrifying abuse jailed for 18 years – The Independent

Posted January 24th, 2024 in child abuse, children, imprisonment, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A terrifying-looking paedophile who subjected a child to years of sexual abuse and rape in Kent has been locked behind bars for 18 years.’

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The Independent, 23rd January 2024

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Criminal review body missed chance to clear Andrew Malkinson in 2013 – The Guardian

‘The organisation responsible for investigating miscarriages of justice missed a major opportunity to reconsider Andrew Malkinson’s case, internal documents suggest.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2024

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Capacity in context – a paradigm case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 23rd, 2024 in Court of Protection, disabled persons, mental health, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Alex Ruck Keene KC (Hon) analyses a recent ruling where the judge’s observations about capacity, and in particular how to approach questions of capacity under constraint, are of broader application.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th January 2024

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Clampdown on child abuse as a gap in the law closed – Ministry of Justice

Posted January 23rd, 2024 in amendments, bills, child abuse, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by tracey

‘Children will be better protected from sexual abuse following change to the law making it easier to prosecute criminals who have had sex in front of children for gratification.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th January 2024

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Online sex blackmailer who forced victim to abuse a seven-year-old jailed for 24 years – The Independent

‘An online sex blackmailer who subjected dozens of victims to “mental torture” – forcing them to film degrading sexual acts including the abuse of a seven-year-old girl – has been jailed for 24 years.’

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The Independent, 20th January 2024

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Sexual assault victims charged tens of thousands of pounds for court documents – The Independent

‘Domestic abuse and sexual violence victims are being charged up to tens of thousands of pounds to access court scripts after being wrongly advised not to attend court, The Independent has learned.’

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The Independent, 21st January 2024

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Supreme Court refuses permission to appeal rejection of vicarious liability claim against school over abuse by work placement individual – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has refused a claimant permission to appeal over the Court of Appeal’s dismissal of her claim that a school was vicariously liable for sexual abuse by an individual who had undertaken a work experience placement.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th January 2024

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The inside story of two rape trials: ‘It’s as bad as I’ve ever known it’ – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2024 in barristers, criminal justice, news, rape, sexual offences, trials by sally

‘In sexual assault cases, the work of prosecution barristers is complex, poorly paid – and essential. With conviction rates extraordinarily low and barristers quitting criminal practice in droves, the Guardian shadowed one prosecutor for two years.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2024

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Police ‘left children at mercy of grooming gang paedophiles’ in Rochdale – The Independent

‘Girls were “left at the mercy” of paedophile grooming gangs for years in Rochdale because of failings by senior police and council bosses, a report has said.
The damning 173-page review covers 2004 to 2013 and sets out multiple failed investigations by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and apparent local authority indifference to the plight of hundreds of youngsters, mainly white girls from poor backgrounds, all identified as potential victims of abuse in Rochdale by Asian men.’

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The Independent, 15th January 2024

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