Month: June 2022

R. Kelly given 30 years in jail for sex abuse

30th June, 2022 9:27 am

US singer R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for using his celebrity status to sexually abuse children and women. The R&B artist, 55, was convicted last September in New York of racketeering and sex trafficking crimes. He had faced years of allegations and the judge on Wednesday said he had an “indifference to human suffering”. Lawyers... View Article

Yorkshire racism case: Andrew Gale will not engage with disciplinary process

29th June, 2022 4:07 pm

Former Yorkshire head coach Andrew Gale will not engage with the England and Wales Cricket Board’s disciplinary process after being charged following racism allegations at the club. Abuse allegations surfaced in September 2020 when ex-player Azeem Rafiq said discrimination made him feel suicidal. Gale won an unfair dismissal claim against Yorkshire in June after being sacked by the club last... View Article

Ukraine: council heads raise safeguarding concerns as UK starts accepting unaccompanied children

27th June, 2022 11:11 am

Council leaders have issued safeguarding and resource concerns, after the government opened its Homes for Ukraine scheme to unaccompanied children. Levelling up secretary Michael Gove announced yesterday that 1,000 Ukrainian children who had already made applications under the scheme would be allowed to travel to the UK without their parents to stay with a sponsor, so long as they had parental... View Article

CQC inspectors brand Affinity Trust service ‘inadequate’

27th June, 2022 6:59 am

A SERVICE that provides personal care for people with learning disabilities has been rated as ‘inadequate’. Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) visited Affinity Trust Specialist Support Division North on two dates in March and one date in April. The chief executive of Affinity Trust has issued an apology and said the trust did not wait on the publication... View Article

How the long shadow of grooming gang allegations changed Oldham’s politics – and took down two leaders

27th June, 2022 6:57 am

The appalling findings of a review into cases of child sexual exploitation in Oldham have been revealed for the first time this week. Yet the political ramifications have already been far-reaching, contributing to the dethroning of two council leaders in successive years. The review, carried out by experts Malcolm Newsam and Gary Ridgway, found that vulnerable children had been failed despite... View Article

Safeguarding jobs round up – 24 June 2022

24th June, 2022 1:00 pm

Welcome to this week’s jobs round-up, where you can view some of the job vacancies currently available in the world of safeguarding. Below are a selection of jobs which will soon be closing for applications – click on the individual links for more information or to complete an application. For a full list of vacancies, please visit the Job Board on our... View Article

Scots primary school teacher who hit woman with belt and attacked her while she held child is not struck off

23rd June, 2022 7:53 am

Scots primary school teacher who hit woman with belt and attacked her while she held child is not struck off Charles Tighe, who previously taught at Beckford Primary in Hamilton, has avoided being struck off the teaching register after admitting to attacking three women.   A primary teacher who hit a woman with a belt and poured cleaning fluids over her has... View Article

Rotherham’s Asian communities on grooming scandal’s impact

22nd June, 2022 2:19 pm

Asians in Rotherham say since a 2014 report said child sexual exploitation in the town was carried out predominantly by men of Pakistani-heritage the whole community has been stigmatised. Gym owner and former taxi driver Saif Din said: “We went from being known as just a terrorist, but now you’re a terrorist and a groomer.” Abrar Javid, project manager at... View Article