Police investigating 30 years of alleged sexual and physical abuse against children at mental health unit – The Independent

Posted November 10th, 2017 in child abuse, hospitals, mental health, news, sexual offences, young persons by tracey

‘Police are investigating almost 30 years of alleged physical and sexual abuse against children and young adults being treated at a mental health unit.Hertfordshire Constabulary said the number of victims at the Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit in St Albans was not yet clear.’

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The Independent, 9th November 2017

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Teen guilty of bid to import explosives from dark web – BBC News

Posted November 9th, 2017 in explosives, internet, news, young persons by tracey

‘A teenager has been convicted of trying to import explosives from the dark web with intent to endanger life.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2017

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Wannabe YouTube star sentenced for ‘tombstoning’ into swimming pool during water polo match – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 9th, 2017 in community service, costs, news, nuisance, sentencing, young persons by tracey

‘A wannabe YouTube star has been convicted after he filmed himself “tombstoning” into a swimming pool during a water polo match in a bid to make money from social media.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th November 2017

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Too many children in criminal court, says senior judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in children, crime, criminal justice, judges, news, speeches, young offenders, young persons by tracey

‘Too many children are being criminalised by the courts, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has warned. Sir James Munby, president of the family division of the High Court, said that the Crown Prosecution Service should look at changing its charging policy for children so that fewer of them end up in the criminal courts.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st November 2017

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Young offenders ‘should have social media monitored’ – BBC News

Posted October 26th, 2017 in crime prevention, internet, news, probation, young persons by sally

‘Young people at risk of being involved in crime should have their social media profiles monitored by youth workers, a probation watchdog report has said.’

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BBC News, 26th October 2017

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Lack of secure accommodation – ‘blood on our hands’? – Family Law

Posted October 24th, 2017 in care orders, children, detention, housing, mental health, news, self-harm, young persons by sally

‘It is sometimes necessary for local authorities to seek to place a looked after child in what is called secure accommodation. This is designed to protect them from injuring themselves or others and/or absconding from other types of accommodation and suffering significant harm as a consequence.’

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Family Law, 23rd October 2017

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Family court data links adverse family experiences with proven youth offending – Family Law

Posted October 23rd, 2017 in children, family courts, news, recidivists, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘Children in contact with the public law system are more likely to offend and commit multiple offences between the ages of 10 and 17 than those of the equivalent age group in the general population, according to an analytical summary published by the Ministry of Justice this week.’

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Family Law, 20th October 2017

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Graduate’s dream of joining the police was ruined – because she’d been told off for shoplifting at 13 – WalesOnline

Posted October 19th, 2017 in cautions, news, police, theft, young persons by tracey

‘A bright graduate’s dream of joining the police was destroyed – because she’d been told off for shoplifting from Primark when she was just 13. And now top judges have slammed a police recruitment policy that “irrationally” led to rejection of the job application from the woman, who is now in her 20s.’

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WalesOnline, 18th october 2017

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Child Protection in Sport chief says loophole must be closed – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 11th, 2017 in charities, child abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, sexual offences, sport, young persons by tracey

‘British sport’s most senior child protection officer has condemned what she branded “a lack of will” to change the law to prevent coaches having sex with 16 and 17-year-olds under their care on the back of football’s paedophile scandal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2017

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GP probed for giving child, 12, gender-change hormones – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2017 in complaints, doctors, medical treatment, news, transgender persons, Wales, young persons by tracey

‘A Monmouthshire GP is being investigated over complaints about her giving gender-change hormones to children as young as 12.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2017

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Three men and a boy jailed for ‘abhorrent’ rape of girl, 16, in Ramsgate – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 11th, 2017 in imprisonment, news, rape, sentencing, young persons by tracey

‘Three men and a boy who subjected a lost teenage girl to an “abhorrent” rape have been jailed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2017

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Student with Oxford University place wins battle to remain in UK – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2017 in citizenship, deportation, immigration, news, universities, young persons by sally

‘A student who faced losing his place at Oxford University because of uncertainty over his immigration status has won his battle to remain in Britain indefinitely.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2017

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Young black people nine times more likely to be jailed than young white people – report – The Guardian

‘Young black people are nine times more likely to be locked up in England and Wales than young white people, according to Ministry of Justice analysis.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2017

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About a Boy – The Hidden Victims of Grooming – BBC Radio 4

Posted August 30th, 2017 in child abuse, news, police, sexual grooming, victims, young persons by sally

‘File on 4 tells one family’s story of fighting the authorities to get support and justice after a 13 year old boy was aggressively groomed by scores of men, aged from their 20s to their 50s. It is a shocking story of opportunities missed, meaning the boy endured assaults by multiple men for years. We look at the impact of that sustained abuse on him and his parents, who were desperately trying to shield him from harm. He says he was dismissed, and even blamed by authorities responsible for protecting him.’

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BBC Radio 4, 23rd July 2017

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Solicitor General: Asian gangs must be handed longer sentences for targeting white girls – Daily Telegraph

‘Judges must give longer sentences to Asian Muslim grooming gangs who abuse white teenage girls when there is evidence of racism, the Government’s senior legal advisor has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th August 2017

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Safeguarding our young people from becoming radicalised is difficult but vital work: article by Amber Rudd – Home Office

Posted August 11th, 2017 in press releases, terrorism, young persons by tracey

‘An article by Home Secretary Amber Rudd on the Prevent strategy, published in the Sun.’

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Home Office, 10th August 2017

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Judge attacks mental health provision after approving care plan for suicidal girl – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2017 in family courts, judges, mental health, news, young persons by sally

‘A suicidal 17-year-old girl is to be moved to a secure unit on Thursday after a senior judge warned that plans to release her because of a shortage of secure beds for mental health patients would leave “blood on our hands”.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2017

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Connor Sparrowhawk death: NHS clinician admits string of failings – The Guardian

Posted August 8th, 2017 in health, inquests, mental health, news, young persons by sally

‘A consultant psychiatrist has admitted a string of failings over the death of a vulnerable teenager who drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2017

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Home Secretary takes further action to tackle knife crime – Home Office

‘The Home Secretary has today (18 July) announced plans to consult on new offences to toughen up knife crime laws.’

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Home Office, 18th July 2017

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Home deliveries to be banned for online knife sales – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2017 in consultations, internet, news, offensive weapons, sale of goods, young persons by tracey

‘Online shoppers buying knives could be forced to collect them in person in England and Wales, if plans to stop children purchasing blades go ahead.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2017

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