Child protection
Report reveals Rochdale and Rotherham not isolated cases

Report reveals Rochdale and Rotherham not isolated cases

Statistical evidence obtained from Greater Manchester Police as part of the Real Voices independent child sexual exploitation report revealed that Rochdale and Rotherham were not isolated cases, with many children “still being preyed on each day”. As part of the Real Voices inquiry, an independent report into child sexual exploitation

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Child abuse inquiry concern as Theresa May accused of delaying report

Child abuse inquiry concern as Theresa May accused of delaying report

Home secretary Theresa May is facing growing pressure to reveal withheld inquiry reports following the resignation of Fiona Woolf as chair of the government’s child sex abuse inquiry. It has emerged that NSPCC chief, Peter Wanless, provided a review of the investigation to May on 15th October and now May

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West Midlands police six weeks to improve “weak” child protection functions

West Midlands police six weeks to improve “weak” child protection functions

West Midlands police has six weeks to improve its staff’s knowledge of child protection after a HM Inspectorate Constabulary (HMIC) investigation found a “general lack of understanding” had led to a number of “weak” responses to difficult, complex or prolonged child protection cases. West Midlands Police were investigated in June

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NSPCC launch campaign to make it illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children

NSPCC launch campaign to make it illegal for adults to send sexual messages to children

As the government is currently in the process of debating the Serious Crimes Bill in Parliament, the NSPCC has launched its Flaw in the Law campaign calling for the bill to make it illegal for adults to send messages containing sexual material to children. Scotland made it an offence for

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Government pledge additional £330k funding to prevent female genital mutilation

Government pledge additional £330k funding to prevent female genital mutilation

At a UN announcement on International Day of the Girl, the government pledged a further £330,000 to its initial allocation of £1.4m to aid projects in the prevention of female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage in the UK. The funding extension aims to provide further expertise and support services

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Mother pleads manslaughter after suffocating her three disabled children

Mother pleads manslaughter after suffocating her three disabled children

Tania Clarence (42), allegedly suffocated her three disabled children then attempted to commit suicide at the family home in New Malden, Surrey. Clarence now faces a reduced charge of manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility due to a “major depressive episode”. Tania and Gary Clarence discovered that their four-year-old

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National child abuse taskforce launched by Police Scotland to stem rise in CSE

National child abuse taskforce launched by Police Scotland to stem rise in CSE

Police Scotland launched a new national task force which aims to tackle child sex exploitation (CSE) by improving work in prevention and encouraging cooperative working between agencies. The move to create one taskforce follows a recorded rise in offences against young children under the age of 13 in Scotland, with

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Lib Dems adopt mandatory reporting of child abuse policy

Lib Dems adopt mandatory reporting of child abuse policy

The Liberal Democrats have revealed party plans to introduce “mandatory reporting” in an effort to tackle child abuse in England. At its party political conference in Glasgow over the weekend, the Lib Dems motioned to pass a new policy, “F18: Tackling Child Abuse”, which intends to address the child safeguarding

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Unaccompanied children entering UK failed by system, says report

Unaccompanied children entering UK failed by system, says report

An EU-funded report centred around the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children seeking asylum in the UK found the system “complex”, and suggests further multi-agency collaboration to prevent cases falling through the child safeguarding net. Connect Project’s data was gathered over a 12 month period, mapping practice and services across four

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Serious incidents against children in England soar by almost one-third, Ofsted figures reveal

Serious incidents against children in England soar by almost one-third, Ofsted figures reveal

Ofsted received a total of 298 serious incident notifications against children under 18-years-old in England during the year 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014, almost one-third higher than the previous year, according to statistics published yesterday. Ofsted note that the increase may “reflect an improvement in the reporting of

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