Is mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse always in the child’s best interests?

In an article in Spiked here Frank Ferudi poses the question of whether the NSPCC is acting in the child’s best interests and suggest that making the reporting of child abuse mandatory will not help children. Furedi not only questions why the NSPCC have suddenly changed their views over mandatory reporting , the NSPCC said it was opposed […]

Stephen Fry criticises Operation Yewtree’s investigation into alleged historic abuse

The Daily Mail (12th July) have reported that Stephen Fry has criticised Operation Yewtree’s investigation into alleged historic abuse which Fry says has resulted in less than 50% of those held being convicted. Stephen Fry left an audience in shocked silence at a Labour fundraiser attended by Ed Miliband by publicly criticising the Operation Yewtree […]

Times Article: This cruelty to those in legal limbo must stop

Our attention has been brought to a very interesting article by Libby Purves in The Times on 26th May headed “This cruelty to those in legal limbo must stop” which essentially is about the impact of being subject to police investigations  for several months when you are innocent. it begins: Imagine living in a country […]

Father wins damages after social worker falsely accused him of abusing daughter

It has been reported in the Daily Telegraph (12 May) quoting a Daily Mail report that a father has won £86,000 damages after a social worker falsely accused him of abusing daughter Jonathan Coupland was arrested and questioned for ten hours after Suzi Smith reported seeing him sexually assaulting Jessica, then aged six. The social worker made the […]

Historic sex abuse allegations will be subject to stricter tests before prosecutions

It has been reported in the Daily Mail (17th April)  that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the country’s most senior police officer has said that future historic sex abuse allegations will be subject to stricter tests before prosecutions take place. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said police and prosecutors will apply more rigorous tests after […]

General Medical Council (GMC) is to re-examine the cases of a number of doctors who committed suicide while being investigated for their fitness to practise.

“The General Medical Council (GMC) is to re-examine the cases of a number of doctors who committed suicide while being investigated for their fitness to practise. An internal review will consider whether the regulator could do more to “support vulnerable doctors” during their investigations, which one leading GP described as creating “a culture of fear”. […]

Reports of sex offences, both historic and current, have also increased since Saville Affair emerged

Reports of sex offences overall, both historic and current, has also increased, with one police force seeing allegations almost double since last October, when the Savile affair first emerged. Nationally reports have increased by up to 10 per cent, figures show. It came as Damian Green, the criminal justice minister, vowed to better protect vulnerable […]

Home Secretary say criminal suspects who have been arrested should not normally be named until they are charged

Criminal suspects who have been arrested should not normally be named until they are charged, the Home Secretary has said. The Home Secretary wrote: “I am concerned that the refusal of some police forces to name suspects who have been charged undermines transparency in the criminal justice system and risks the possibility that witnesses and […]

After Savile: policing as entertainment. Article by Frank Furedi

Our attention has been drawn to a challenging article by Frank Furedi published on Spike Online here . It begins … After Savile: policing as entertainment Operation Yewtree isn’t about solving crime – it’s more like a reality TV format where the police’s aim is to thrill the paedo-fearing public. When, 50 years from now, historians look back at […]

Operation Pallial – phase one expected to cost more than half a million pounds.

This blog by  Anna Racoon has recently been brought to our attention. It begins… I thought I’d tell you something interesting pertaining to ‘Pallial’ before you all dropped dead from the excitement. The North Wales Police ‘Operation Pallial’ has been trawling our mediascape since last November and has finally come to an expensive decision. Even […]

Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England given power to request any person or body to supply relevant information

The Children, Schools and Families Act 2010 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2013 has now been enacted. This amends Section 8 of the Act inserts  by inserting Section 14B into the Children Act 2004(b) which  gives Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England the power to request any person or body to supply such information as is specified in […]

Couple falsely accused of child abuse win damages from Haringey council

Two experienced senior social workers who were plunged into a “nightmare” after officials unlawfully investigated them over false allegations they had ill-treated their young daughter have won damages in the high court. The pair, known as AB and CD, were exonerated by the court in the wake of a botched inquiry carried out by Haringey […]

Retired teacher speaks out about his vilification by the press

Christopher Jefferies ,  a retired teacher speaks out about his vilification by the press after his wrongful arrest for the murder of Joanna Yeates and still waiting for an apology. Full story The Guardian, 24th November 2012