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Online safety bill ‘ignores some types of child abuse’

24th January, 2022 11:07 am

The government’s plans for regulating social media platforms need to be urgently changed to prevent predators sharing the most “insidious” images of child abuse and violence against women and girls, MPs have said. A committee analysing the draft Online Safety Bill said the legislation as it stood represented a “missed opportunity” to create a landmark set of laws to make... View Article

Bury Council lays out children’s services improvement measures

23rd January, 2022 2:07 pm

Social workers’ caseloads have been reduced in the wake of a damning investigation into Bury’s children’s services, the borough council has said. An Ofsted report in December found Bury Council’s “serious failures” had left “too many children at risk of harm”. A response to the report, calling for “swift and decisive action”, said the council had taken several measures to rectify... View Article

New multi-agency child neglect strategy for Jersey

21st January, 2022 4:56 pm

IMAGE SOURCE,GETTY IMAGESImage caption, The public will be asked to look out for signs of child neglect as part of the new multi-agency strategy A child neglect strategy has been launched in Jersey in response to added family pressures during the pandemic. The multi-agency board said previous inspections and reviews have highlighted more needed to be done. It said it... View Article

News Analysis: Anthony, Noah, Gabriel and beyond: How to fix L.A. County DCFS

21st January, 2022 2:24 pm

In the long, troubled history of L.A. County child abuse cases, certain names stand out as avatars of how the system can go terribly awry. Anthony Avalos. Gabriel Fernandez. Noah Cuatro. But since the spring of 2020, another name has wielded outsize influence over national perspectives and policies related to child welfare, and energized activists to push for sweeping reforms:... View Article

Safeguarding jobs round up – 21 January 2022

21st January, 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

Police Scotland plan to tackle sex crime after 13% increase

21st January, 2022 10:33 am

Police Scotland plan to tackle rising sex crimes with a strategy targeted at achieving ‘attitudinal and cultural change’ – amid nearly 200 domestic abuse reports a day. The number of reported sexual crimes across Scotland including rape and online child abuse increased by more than 13 per cent last year, while an average of 180 domestic abuse reports were made. A total... View Article

Oculus Quest 2: Meta to discuss children’s VR safety with watchdog

20th January, 2022 9:39 pm

The Information Commissioners’ Office (ICO) is to talk to Meta about how its virtual reality (VR) business Oculus complies with the regulator’s “children’s code”. The code aims to ensure that online services likely to be accessed by children are appropriate for their use. A campaign group recently found evidence of harassment of under-18s in a popular third-party VR chat app.... View Article

North East Lincolnshire: Commissioner to examine child services after Ofsted report

20th January, 2022 9:37 pm

A commissioner is to investigate the state of a council’s children’s services after a damning Ofsted report. Ofsted said the services in North East Lincolnshire had “significantly deteriorated” since 2017 and rated them inadequate in November. The Department of Education said Peter Dwyer would look into the council, whose headquarters are in Grimsby. He will decide if the council is... View Article

‘Working in partnership with families is crucial to safeguarding the interests of children’

20th January, 2022 9:33 pm

As we wait for the reviews into the deaths of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson to publish their conclusions, we must not forget the value of working with both children and their families, argues Cathy Ashley. This month, a local child safeguarding practice review into the horrific killing of 16-month-old Star Hobson is expected to publish its findings. By May,... View Article

Child abuse prosecutions down 50 per cent

20th January, 2022 12:41 pm

Prosecutions and convictions for child sexual abuse have fallen by around half in four years, research by Britain’s largest children’s charity has found. Source: The Times Read more: Child abuse prosecutions down 50 per cent | News | The Times (login required)