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 […]