FACT Briefing: Why it is all too easy to be falsely accused and convicted when factually innocent.

FACT has published a new briefing paper on why it is all too easy to be falsely accused and convicted when factually innocent. You can access it here Whilst you are looking at this item make a note of the  various resources on the FACT website such as:- Books Briefing Papers Spectral Evidence: fear and […]

Insurance Update – insurance applicants no longer have to declare ‘unspent convictions’.

Our attention had been drawn to the following information regarding those with criminal convictions seeking insurance. The essential point is that since April 2013 you no longer have to tell your insurance company details of any unspent convictions you may have. Only unspent convictions matter. Even if asked, you do not have to disclose any convictions […]

Forthcoming conference by the Campaign for Social Science in association with Gresham College conference – ‘Crime and the Media’

The Campaign for Social Science in association with Gresham College are holding a conference on Crime and the Media which will also be attended by the FACT Chairman. Crime and the Media: Social Science Perspectives Campaign for Social Science in association with Gresham College Tuesday, 5 November 2013 from 10:00 to 16:30 (GMT) London, United […]

CPS prosecutor resigns from Rape Panel

A CPS prosecutor who described the 13-year-old victim of a paedophile “predatory” in court will no longer undertake prosecutions involving serious sexual offences or child sexual abuse. Robert Colover has agreed to resign from the CPS Rape Panel of advocates, admitting his description of the girl as “predatory” and “sexually experienced” was inappropriate, the Crown […]

Never let the truth stand in the way of a good conviction

In the light of the national publicity afforded to the acquittal of the T V actor Michael  Turner (Le Vell) I feel that it is time to utilise the recent cases of so called celebrities to highlight the parallels between these recent ‘historic’ cases and those of the residential social workers of the 1980/1990s, and […]

Duty of disclosure to be eased for ex-prisoners with convictions seeking insurance cover

Insurance discrimination against ex prisoners is soon to be a thing of the past. Thanks largely to the efforts of Sale Insurance Services (SIS) insurance discrimination against ex prisoners is soon to be a thing of the past. “Things are improving year on year and this month (April 2013) a change in legislation comes into effect. […]

Kent Council Council pays £700k in compensation to pupils.

Nearly £700,000 has been paid out in compensation to pupils by Kent County Council following accidents in schools over the past five years. Payouts include compensation for trips and falls in playgrounds, and accidents on school trips. The biggest single pay out was more than £80,000, figures obtained by BBC Radio Kent show. The council […]

Using children as a moral shield

Our attention has been drawn to a very thought provoking article by Frank Furedi  in Spiked online which is well worth reading. It begins …. The new TV campaign by child-protection group the NSPCC, launched in the UK today, urges people to report any concern that they might have about a child. Its exhortation – ‘Don’t wait […]

Thankyou SWAWC and FASO

A big thankyou to all those who supported the recent Welsh Assembly initiative including in particular Dr Eady, SWAWC and FASO.

CRB issues – House of Lord’s judgement expected soon

The new Supreme Court (formerly the House of Lords) has very recently heard a case about enhanced CRB disclosure in which Liberty intervened, The judgment is expected shortly.  The case is called L v Metropolitan Police Commissioner.  It is possible that the case might go to Strasbourg depending on what the Supreme Court says, and whether […]