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Government launches review to ensure gambling laws are fit for digital age

8th December 2020

Source: GOV.UK The Culture Secretary has launched a major and wide-ranging review of gambling laws to ensure they are fit for the digital age as committed to in the manifesto. National Lottery minimum age raised to 18 to protect young people Online stake limits, gambling advertising and age limits to be considered Gambling Commission’s role…

90,000 London children to be homeless this Christmas, London Councils warn

8th December 2020

Source: The Evening Standard Nearly  90,000 children in the capital are expected to be homeless this Christmas, London Councils warned today. The rate of families being placed in temporary accommodation is spiralling out of control as the pandemic continues to stretch local authority finances and demands for help reached record numbers, the umbrella group said. Some 63,000 London households, more than two thirds with…

Praise for IWF Hotline as Government looks to tackle internet grooming

4th December 2020

Source: Internet Watch Foundation Minister praises work to find and remove images and videos of child sexual abuse from the internet, and says new legislation will aim to tackle the issue. The Government is exploring new ways to tackle online grooming as Peers hear lockdown has created a “perfect storm” for abusers to coerce and…

Ofsted warns of risk to children ‘out of sight’ during pandemic

2nd December 2020

Source: Ofsted The Chief Inspector of Education and Children’s Social Care has warned that the invisibility of vulnerable children as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic should be a matter of national concern. Launching this year’s Ofsted Annual Report, Amanda Spielman said that school closures during the first national lockdown had a ‘dramatic impact’ on the…

IICSA Truth Project Thematic Report: Child sexual abuse in the context of schools

1st December 2020

Source: The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has published new research into child sexual abuse in schools, which finds that perpetrators frequently had reputations as abusers and their behaviour was often an ‘open secret’. The report is based on the statistical analysis of 691 accounts of victims and…

New office base and telephone number for Sacpa

1st December 2020

Please note that from today (Tuesday, December 1), Sacpa is moving to new offices and also has a new main telephone number. Our new address is: Safeguarding and Child Protection Association, First Floor, 27 Queen Anne’s Gate, London, UK, SW1H 9BU. Our new main telephone number is +44 (0)207 798 1585.

government must do more to safeguard children’s rights and protect them from the impact of the pandemic

20th November 2020

Source: Equality and Human Rights Commission In our latest report to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC), published on International Children’s Day 2020, we have expressed significant concerns about how the pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities, and having a devastating impact on children’s rights, well-being and futures. Key concerns include more children being pushed into poverty,…

iicsa: inquiry finds catholic church prioritised reputation over the welfare of children

9th November 2020

Source: IICSA The Catholic Church prioritised its own reputation over the welfare of vulnerable children for decades, according to a report published today (November 10) by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. The 147 page report finds the Catholic Church’s moral purpose has been betrayed by those who sexually abused children, as well as those who…

increasing concerns over ketamine use

1st July 2020

Sacpa has recently been approached by Drugsline Education in response to an increase in calls from pastoral staff, parents and young people regarding Ketamine, a horse tranquiliser that is also abused as a recreational drug. Drugline Education have put together some information to increase awareness of the recreational use of Ketamine and support in the possible detection…

iicsa research: child sexual abuse in sports

18th June 2020

IICSA (The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse) has published new research into child sexual abuse in sports, which finds that coaches and instructors exploited children’s vulnerabilities in order to groom and abuse them. Click here to read the research… This report is written as part of the Truth Project, a core part of the Inquiry…