Child protection
Former Vatican ambassador faces child sex abuse charges from Holy See

Former Vatican ambassador faces child sex abuse charges from Holy See

Ex-Holy See ambassador, Józef Wesołowski (66), has been placed under house arrest and will face criminal charges of paedophilia. This will become the first case where a high-ranking Catholic official has faced such serious allegations with support from the Vatican itself. The Holy See (the Catholic jurisdiction in Rome), recalled

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Bus driver fatigue on long-haul school trips putting children at risk

Bus driver fatigue on long-haul school trips putting children at risk

BUSK Nightcap, a campaign group of more than 1,000 bus drivers, has raised concern surrounding driver fatigue, complaining that due to poor provisions and accommodation on long-haul school trips, drivers often feel sleep-deprived. Concerned drivers explained to BUSK how they were often given accommodation in the “worst rooms because they

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Wales updates social services complaints system

Wales updates social services complaints system

To align social services with other public services, new guidelines for handling social service complaints came into force in Wales this month. A former consultation on the complaints handling procedures in Wales surrounding social services (Making Things Better, 2012) “overwhelmingly supported the need to transform the current social services complaints process.”. Deputy

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Children’s services may still be threatened by private sector companies due to loophole

Children’s services may still be threatened by private sector companies due to loophole

An outcry from experts and health professionals prompted the government to U-turn on initial plans to allow private sector companies to bid on child protection services. Yet a loophole in the revised draft regulations from the Department of Education (DoE) state that the “regulations will not prevent an otherwise profit-making

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Study into “repeatedly missing” children from care homes calls for tougher measures from Ofsted

Study into “repeatedly missing” children from care homes calls for tougher measures from Ofsted

A specialist research report from the Centre for the Study of Missing Persons (CSMP) within the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth reveals startling statistics surrounding children going missing from care homes. Gathering data from 1,300 cases in one police force area over a one year

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Multi-agency working key to identifying risk of abuse to vulnerable children, says Home Office review

Multi-agency working key to identifying risk of abuse to vulnerable children, says Home Office review

The Home Office has published a review of current procedures to identify vulnerable children and adults at risk of abuse, revealing that multi-agency and information sharing proves to be the most effective way of identifying abuse before it occurs. In order for the Home Office to develop a national picture

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Inadequate child protection services in Somerset blamed on director’s failures to recruit

Inadequate child protection services in Somerset blamed on director’s failures to recruit

The interim director of children’s services in Somerset received harsh criticism from councillors and unions saying that his inability to recruit adequate numbers of staff and his “bloated” salary is a cause for concern. Peter Lewis was hired as the interim director for children’s services by Somerset county council in

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Police warn teens “sexting” could lead to criminal prosecution

Police warn teens “sexting” could lead to criminal prosecution

Nottinghamshire Police’s sexual exploitation investigation unit has sent letters out to every school in the county notifying them that anyone under 18 years of age who is ‘sexting’ is seen as “distributing sexual material to minors” in the eyes of the law, and could face prosecution. A Childline survey of

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PM unveils £1.4m female genital mutilation prevention programme at UK Girl Summit

PM unveils £1.4m female genital mutilation prevention programme at UK Girl Summit

Prime minister David Cameron announced a £1.4m programme to prevent female genital mutilation and forced marriage Tuesday at the first ever UK Girl Summit co-hosted with UNICEF in London. The summit was attended by international politicians and campaigners with the aim of mobilising domestic and international efforts to end female

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Child sexual abuse costs UK a conservative £3bn a year, says NSPCC

Child sexual abuse costs UK a conservative £3bn a year, says NSPCC

In an effort to put “spending on child sexual abuse (CSA) in the context of other costly public health issues” the NSPCC has released a report documenting the current estimated cost of child sexual abuse cases with the aim of providing better information for future expenditure. Author of the report,

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