Category: News

Tony’s Law: Child abusers face tougher sentences as law changes

4th July, 2022 4:26 pm

Child abusers in England and Wales could now face life in jail as tougher sentencing powers come into force. The legislation forms part of the Police, Crime and Sentencing Act 2022 and has come into effect two months after receiving royal assent. The maximum sentence for anyone who causes or allows a child’s death has now increased from 14 years to... View Article

Tim Westwood: BBC reveals complaints against DJ

4th July, 2022 1:15 pm

The BBC has revealed that a complaint against former Radio 1 DJ Tim Westwood had previously been referred to police. The complaint is one of six the corporation now says it received about alleged bullying or sexual misconduct by Westwood. Director general Tim Davie said in April “no evidence of complaints” had been found after BBC News and the Guardian... View Article

School dinners: Beef off the menu as costs rise

4th July, 2022 1:08 pm

Rising food prices mean beef is off some school dinner menus, with staples such as potatoes also more expensive, caterers have told BBC News. Some caterers have switched to cheaper imported meats, and changed the fruit and vegetables on offer. Laca, the school caterers’ association for England and Wales, said the quality of meals was under threat. The government said... View Article

Nurseries in England: Parents asked about proposed change to carer ratios

4th July, 2022 1:04 pm

Plans to let nurseries and childminders look after more two-year-olds in England are to be put to parents. In England, one adult can be in charge of four children, but the government says it wants to lower the cost for parents by following the Scottish model of one adult caring for five toddlers. Most nurseries say the systems cannot be... View Article

Councils pledge not to ignore families’ warnings about vulnerable children

4th July, 2022 12:15 pm

Alarms raised by relatives of Star Hobson and Arthur Labinjo-Hughes were disregarded before their deaths Council officials have pledged to give more weight to warnings from wider family members about vulnerable children after the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson, after alarms raised by relatives were disregarded before their deaths. Executives from Solihull and Bradford local authorities told MPs on the... View Article

Scots karting boss Andrew Fairley jailed over vile child sex abuse of young boys

4th July, 2022 12:04 pm

Andrew Fairley, who previously ran Larkhall-based Clan Racing Team, was sentenced to eight years in prison at Carlisle Crown Court on July 1. A twisted Scots karting boss is behind bars after sexually abusing two young boys over a five year period on trips away to motor races. Andrew Fairley, who previously ran Larkhall-based Clan Racing Team, was sentenced to eight years in... View Article

Tory childcare change to ‘save parents £40 a week’ is branded ‘pathetic’ and ‘won’t help’

4th July, 2022 11:19 am

The government today announces a change to childcare ratios that “could potentially eventually” cut fees by “up to” £40 a week. But officials admit there’s no guarantee it’ll slash fees – and an industry chief says it won’t Tory ministers unveil plans today to tear up toddler safeguarding rules in a bid to save cash. A consultation will propose letting... View Article

Calls for child safeguarding inquiry in Wales after Logan Mwangi’s death

4th July, 2022 11:14 am

here are calls for a nationwide independent inquiry into children’s services in Wales to prevent tragedies like the murder of Logan Mwangi murder from happening again. The five-year-old was killed by his mother, step-father and 14-year-old step-brother, having been subjected to injuries likened to child abuse by a High Court judge. Angharad Williamson, 31, and John Cole, 40, were jailed for life... View Article

10% increase in safeguarding concerns made to HSE

3rd July, 2022 8:47 pm

There was a 10% increase in concerns made to HSE Safeguarding and Protection Teams last year compared to 2020. 11,640 safeguarding concerns were reported in 2021 according to its latest annual report. 67% of notifications related to adults under 65 years of age, and 33% for those aged over 65. The total number of notifications for persons aged over 65... View Article

Safeguarding practices at SCAS highlighted as an area of concern in CQC inspection

3rd July, 2022 8:45 pm

CONCERNS have been raised about ‘ambiguous’ safeguarding practices at an ambulance service. South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS), which operates throughout Hampshire, was recently inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) – with inspectors specifically looking at safeguarding. However, inspectors found that safeguarding policies were ‘ambiguous or incorrect’ with issues not always being identified. SCAS is now in the process of... View Article