Category: News

EU commission proposes plan to fight child pornography

16th May, 2022 1:19 pm

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s executive arm on Wednesday unveiled a plan to require online platforms to detect and report the sharing of child sex abuse images on the internet, which quickly triggered privacy concerns. The regulation, which needs to be endorsed by member countries and the EU Parliament, would force companies operating in the EU to detect, report... View Article

Scores of safeguarding complaints at after-school clubs

16th May, 2022 12:01 pm

Dozens of allegations of safeguarding failures in after-school clubs – including assaults, neglect and sexual abuse – have been uncovered by BBC News. More than 80 referrals have been made about clubs in school grounds in the past five years, according to information requests. In one incident, an eight-year-old boy had to clean his younger sister after she soiled herself.... View Article

Bristol man jailed for historical child sexual abuse

16th May, 2022 11:59 am

A man convicted of historical child sexual abuse has been jailed for abuse that began when he was a juvenile. Matthew Mills of Hartcliffe, Bristol continued the abuse into adulthood until the victim learned it was wrong in her sex education classes at school. He was sentenced to 12 years in jail with two additional years to be spent on... View Article

Award for plasterer who helps domestic violence survivors

16th May, 2022 11:09 am

A female plasterer who redecorates the homes of domestic abuse survivors for free has won a national award. Naima Ben-Moussa, a plasterer originally from Buxton, Derbyshire, was named Trade Hero of the Year at the Construction Week UK awards. Ms Ben-Moussa has now set up a charity to support the work she does. She said of the award: “It was... View Article

Rise in reports of children abusing other children

13th May, 2022 3:54 pm

The number of calls to a children’s helpline about harmful sexual behaviour between young people increased by 29% over the last year. The NSPCC received 2,365 calls and staff made almost 600 referrals to external agencies, including the police and social services. The charity says the relationship and sex education curriculum in schools needs to be properly resourced. The Department... View Article

Safeguarding jobs round up – 13 May 2022

13th May, 2022 12:00 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

Girl’s distressing Childline call from inside violent home as children still at risk post-lockdown

10th May, 2022 7:34 pm

Charity says children are still at risk post-lockdown amid catalogue of tragedies.   A young girl living in a violent household was threatened with more abuse by her own dad if she, or anyone in the family, spoke out. She suffered emotional and physical abuse, alongside her mum and younger sibling. When she ‘plucked up the courage’ to call Childline, police were... View Article

Child influencers and their followers need better protection, say MPs

10th May, 2022 7:31 pm

Up to half of children said they watched a vlogger or YouTube influencer concern in 2021, according to Ofcom data. MPs say current employment and advertising laws must be strengthened to protect children – both as viewers and influencers – and online performers, in a now digital world. MPs are calling for tougher legislation to protect young social media influencers... View Article

Investigation finds school failed vulnerable children and misled Ofsted

9th May, 2022 12:04 pm

Board at Holland Park school expresses ‘deep regrets’ as damning report concludes ‘every complaint happened’ An independent investigation into allegations of misconduct at a top London state school – including safeguarding breaches, discrimination, bullying and favouritism – has found that “on the balance of probabilities” every complaint made happened. More than 100 former students and staff at Holland Park school in west... View Article

British sport is hit by another abuse scandal after teenage swimmers alleged they were bullied by former coach and suspected paedophile John Wright, who has been arrested overseas on multiple assault charges

9th May, 2022 10:30 am

British sport is embroiled in another abuse scandal after teenage swimmers said they were bullied by a coach who has been arrested overseas on multiple assault charges. English swimming’s ruling body has been informed of a social-media support group set up by swimmers trained by the suspected paedophile John Wright, the Mail on Sunday can reveal. It is understood that safeguarding officers... View Article