Tag Archive: safeguarding

Londonderry: Child abuse survivor feels ‘silenced’ by the system

20th June, 2022 1:49 pm

A child abuse survivor who waited five years for her abuser to appear in court has said she feels silenced by the criminal justice system. Her abuser, Christopher Harley, 35, from Londonderry, is currently on remand at Maghaberry Prison after admitting six counts of sexual activity with a child. Cathy, which is not her real name, said the grooming started... View Article

Child abuse survivor feels ‘silenced’ by the system

20th June, 2022 1:49 pm

A child abuse survivor who waited five years for her abuser to appear in court has said she feels silenced by the criminal justice system. Her abuser, Christopher Harley, 35, from Londonderry, is currently on remand at Maghaberry Prison after admitting six counts of sexual activity with a child. Cathy, which is not her real name, said the grooming started... View Article

Fears over teacher safeguarding investigations

18th June, 2022 1:57 pm

The Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland (CYPCS) has written to both the GTCS and the Scottish government about the issue and wants national child protection guidance updated to cover schools. Nick Hobbs, head of Advice and Investigations at the CYPCS, said: “Children have a right to protection from harm in all environments. “We are concerned that the current national... View Article

Whyte Review: Gymnasts ‘heard and vindicated’ – Becky Downie

18th June, 2022 1:53 pm

Becky Downie and sister Ellie had previously been afraid to speak out Warning: This article contains some description of graphic injuries and abuse. Gymnasts have been “heard” and “vindicated” following the release of the report detailing the “systemic” abuse of gymnasts in Britain, says two-time Olympian Becky Downie. The Whyte Review, released on Thursday, heard from athletes who were made to... View Article

Racism in English education should be seen as safeguarding issue, says author

6th June, 2022 2:40 pm

Racism in education should be treated as a safeguarding issue, with anti-racist policies in all schools in England and training for staff, according to a new book. Jeffrey Boakye, a black English teacher, author and broadcaster, argues that schools are unsafe places for students marginalised by race, and warns that black children are attending institutions that might “actively contribute to their harm”.... View Article

Police watchdog investigates third case of child stripsearch

1st June, 2022 2:37 pm

A third case of a child being strip-searched by Scotland Yard officers faces scrutiny by the policing watchdog. The latest case comes after two teenage girls, known as Child Q and Olivia, were strip-searched by officers in 2020 while they were menstruating. The teenagers are among more than 13,000 young people to have been strip-searched in England and Wales since 2017, according... View Article

Welsh compulsory sex education plans face legal challenge

1st June, 2022 2:22 pm

The High Court has given a group opposed to plans to make relationship and sexuality education (RSE) compulsory the right to challenge it in the courts. The Welsh government is making the changes in its new curriculum. Public Child Protection Wales say parents will be “disenfranchised” from their right to remove children from sex education classes. The Welsh government said... View Article

Star Hobson: Why do these child deaths keep happening?

30th May, 2022 1:44 pm

“Why didn’t they listen to us?” Nearly two years after Star Hobson was murdered by her mother’s girlfriend, the toddler’s aunt and step-great grandfather still have so many questions. Sitting on their sofa, I look up at the photos of Star – with her large blue eyes – on the walls and the mantelpiece. The grief at her loss is... View Article

Police face rising workload as pandemic drove rising tide of digital crime

30th May, 2022 1:38 pm

The police in Scotland are being “run ragged” by a rising tide of digital crime, with an average of ten arrests every week and claims of a backlog of property checks where the internet is believed to have been used to commit serious sexual offences. The national force said 750 arrests for offences committed online had been made since October... View Article