Government responds to inquiry into child sexual abuse in secure children’s homes – Family Law

‘The government has responded to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse custodial institutions report about placement in secure children’s homes.’

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Family Law, 20th May 2021

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Police and prosecutors must focus on actions of alleged rapists not victims, new guidance says – The Independent

‘Police and prosecutors are to place greater focus on the actions of alleged rapists rather than their victims, after charges hit a record low. New legal guidance published by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says investigators must use an “offender-centric” approach and look closely at the actions of suspects before, during and after reported attacks.’

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The Independent, 21st May 2021

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CPS updates rape legal guidance to reflect rapid growth in digital evidence – Crown Prosecution Service

‘The CPS has published refreshed rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) legal guidance, delivering on our ongoing commitment to make the prosecution of these crimes reflect today’s rapidly changing society.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 21st May 2021

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Ex-prosecutor Nazir Afzal to lead Catholic Church child abuse body – BBC News

‘The former chief crown prosecutor in the Rochdale grooming gang cases has been appointed as the chairman of the Catholic Church’s new safeguarding body in England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2021

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University lecturer jailed for sex assault on student – BBC News

Posted May 18th, 2021 in assault, guilty pleas, news, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A university lecturer has been jailed for sexually assaulting a student as she walked home from a pub.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2021

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Rape victims in England and Wales to give video evidence to boost convictions – The Guardian

‘Rape victims in England and Wales will be able to provide their evidence on video prior to a trial to help improve conviction rates, it is understood.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2021

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Lies and Lucas in the Family Court – Local Government Lawyer

‘Andrew Bagchi QC and Anna Lavelle examine an important Court of Appeal ruling on fact-finding hearings and Lucas directions, and considerations of children giving oral evidence in family proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th May 2021

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Courts could punish paedophiles on intent not harm – BBC News

Posted May 13th, 2021 in child abuse, internet, news, sentencing, sexual grooming, sexual offences by sally

‘The body overseeing criminal sentences in England and Wales is proposing treating paedophiles who are caught in stings the same as abusers who harm real children.’

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BBC News, 13th May 2021

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Concerns over impartiality of school abuse review – BBC News

‘Concerns have been raised about the impartiality of an Ofsted review into claims of sex abuse in schools.’

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BBC News, 12th May 2021

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Men who harass women from cars should be prosecuted, MPs say – The Guardian

Posted May 11th, 2021 in bills, harassment, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by sally

‘Men who harass women from cars should face criminal charges, a cross-party group of MPs has urged, as the government comes under mounting pressure to criminalise sexual harassment.’

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The Guardian, 10th May 2021

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Bar promises tougher sanctions on sexual misconduct – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The bar tribunal service has proposed significantly tougher sanctions for barristers who commit sexual misconduct, after facing criticism for being too lenient.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 29th April 2021

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Dale Tyson: ‘Deplorable’ sex offender may have more victims – BBC News

‘A man who used a fake online profile to dupe children into sending him graphic images of themselves may have targeted “many more”, police have said.’

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BBC News, 28th April 2021

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Court of Appeal overturns order discharging mother as party in Court of Protection proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal from a decision by the Vice-President of the Court of Protection to discharge a mother as a party to proceedings concerning her highly vulnerable 19-year-old daughter (P).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th April 2021

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

British woman to sue UAE royal she accuses of sexual assault for damages – The Guardian

‘A British woman who accused a senior United Arab Emirates royal of sexually assaulting her has issued a formal claim for damages.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2021

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Chef jailed for raping five women after spiking drinks – BBC News

Posted April 23rd, 2021 in assault, drug offences, imprisonment, news, rape, sentencing, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘A chef who raped five women after spiking their drinks has been jailed for 24 years.’

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BBC News, 22nd April 2021

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Freshfields report into bank rape allegations not covered by privilege – Law Society’s Gazette

‘A report prepared by magic circle firm Freshfields into the alleged rape of a bank employee was not covered by legal privilege, according to an employment tribunal ruling that has now been made public.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 21st April 2021

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Disciplinary Déjà vu: Res Judicata and Trade Union Disciplinary Proceedings – Parklane Plowden

‘The case related to a complaint made against Mr McFadden, that he had inappropriately touched a woman at an anti-austerity march attended by Unite members. A complaint was raised with Unite and Mr McFadden was found to have breached the union’s rules on conduct “in the workplace”. He appealed through the union’s procedures and his appeal was unsuccessful. Thereafter, Mr McFadden made a complaint to the assistant certification officer [“ACO”]. The ACO determined that as the alleged conduct was outside the workplace, in a context where Mr McFadden was not acting as a representative of Unite, nor at an event organised by Unite, the complaint did not pertain to conduct that Unite could discipline him for and consequently the allegation was null and void. The ACO ordered Unite to reinstate McFadden to his positions held prior to the suspension.’

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Parklane Plowden, 10th March 2021

Source: www.parklaneplowden.co.uk

Liability for abuse suffered by claimant place in private care home – Local Government Lawyer

‘Steven Ford QC analyses a ruling where, in the absence of fault, a local authority was not liable for sexual assaults committed by an employee of the private residential care home at which it placed the claimant. The relationship between the abusive employee and the placing authority was not akin to employment and the duty of care owed by the authority to the claimant was not non-delegable.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th April 2021

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Gloucester swimming instructor jailed for abusing 3-year-old girl – BBC News

‘A “perverted” swimming instructor who sexually abused a three-year-old girl he was babysitting has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 15th April 2021

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Universities ignoring rape culture warnings, say campaigners – The Guardian

‘Universities have ignored repeated warnings to tackle rape culture on campus, and left themselves exposed to lawsuits and reputational damage, according to lawyers and campaigners.’

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The Guardian, 15th April 2021

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