Month: January 2022

New Children’s Commissioner for Wales announced

25th January, 2022 2:05 pm

The First Minister has announced the appointment of Rocio Cifuentes as the new Children’s Commissioner for Wales. Ms Cifuentes will take up the position in April 2022 when Sally Holland’s tenure as Commissioner ends. The Commissioner promotes and protects children’s rights and ensures that the Welsh Government’s policies and legislation benefit children and young people. Rocio Cifuentes is the chief... View Article

Ministers call for views on strategies to end abuse and violence

25th January, 2022 2:03 pm

Executive Ministers have issued a call for views on two new strategies, aimed at tackling domestic and sexual abuse, and violence against women and girls. The First Minister, deputy First Minister, Justice Minister and Health Minister stressed the Executive’s commitment to tackling these critical issues and creating a society where everyone is safe and protected from all forms of violence... View Article

Sex trafficking: Children groomed in Romania sent to UK

25th January, 2022 11:24 am

The BBC has found that children as young as 10 are being groomed in Romania, to be trafficked to the UK. Once they arrive as teenagers, they’re kept captive and pimped out for sex. With police struggling to stop this brutal trade, BBC correspondent Jean Mackenzie has spent two years travelling between Romania and the UK. She uncovers why this... View Article

‘Hi, thanks for calling. Are you OK? How far away are you?’

25th January, 2022 11:05 am

Women’s safety is once again in the spotlight – and walking home at night is often when their fears are most acute. Now a telephone helpline called Strut Safe, launched in Edinburgh last year, is keeping people company when they walk home alone. Alice Jackson still remembers the night she answered that call. “When you pick up the phone you... View Article

Hundreds of nurses and other health workers disciplined over sex assaults or abuse

25th January, 2022 10:54 am

Hundreds of nurses, paramedics, health and care workers have been disciplined over allegations of sexual assault, including incidents involving child sexual abuse, The Independent can reveal. It comes as the government begins a year-long inquiry into the sexual abuse of dead patients by “morgue monster” David Fuller. Charities claim the true scale of the issue is likely to be hidden by “vast... View Article

Gordon Gerrard: Pensioner abused victims for nine years

25th January, 2022 7:57 am

A pensioner has been jailed for five years over a nine-year campaign of sexual abuse. Gordon Gerrard, 72, was found guilty of a string of sex offences, including rape, against three victims in November 2021. He was sentenced to five years at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday. Gerrard’s conviction follows a two-year investigation by officers from Dundee’s Child Protection Tea after Gerrard was... View Article

Scots child abuse referrals up 60% amid calls to make social media chiefs ‘liable’

25th January, 2022 7:55 am

Child protection campaigners have told ministers they want social media company executives to be made criminally liable for putting people at risk online as it emerged there has been a 60% rise in online child sex abuse and exploitation referrals over three years. Police Scotland have admitted it needs to improve its approaches to violence against women and girls as official analysis... View Article

Nusrat Ghani: PM orders Cabinet Office to investigate ‘Muslimness’ claim

24th January, 2022 2:16 pm

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a Cabinet Office inquiry into claims made by a Muslim MP who says her faith was given as a reason for her sacking as a minister in 2020. Nusrat Ghani said a government whip told her “Muslimness was raised as an issue”. The Conservative MP welcomed the inquiry, saying all she wanted was for... View Article

Kelly Catlin: A family’s search for answers on links between concussion and suicide

24th January, 2022 2:10 pm

In January 2019, on a sunny day in the coastal mountains surrounding San Francisco, an Olympic medal-winning cyclist was racing down a twisting ribbon of tarmac, descending at the kind of blistering speed reserved for cars and motorbikes. On a surface that had dried quickly after the first rainfall for weeks, Kelly Catlin suddenly lost control. Her bike flew out... View Article