Tag Archives: Child Protection

Child abuse loophole to be closed


Child abuse loophole to be closed.

Ministry of Justice

Child abuse loophole to be closed

22 June 2011

A legal loophole that could allow those who physically abuse children or vulnerable adults to escape justice is to be closed, the Government announced today.

There is already an offence (Section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004) which makes it a criminal offence to cause or allow the death of a child or vulnerable adult. It was used successfully to prosecute Baby P’s mother, boyfriend and lodger – where it was clear one of them caused Peter’s death, but police could not prove which of them was directly responsible. As a result they were all found guilty of causing or allowing his death.

However, causing serious physical harm, short of death, is not covered by this offence- meaning that those responsible could evade justice. That is why the Government has announced that it is backing Sir Paul Beresford’s Private Members’ Bill which will fill this gap in the law and help to ensure that some of the most vulnerable members of society are kept safe.

Justice Minister Crispin Blunt said:

‘The Government intends to close the gap in the law which allows those who harm children and vulnerable adults to escape unpunished. We want to do everything possible to ensure that the most vulnerable members of society are kept safe in their homes and those that abuse their power do not evade justice.

‘This is why we are giving Sir Paul Beresford’s Bill our backing.’

The new offence will be used in cases where a child or vulnerable adult is deliberately seriously harmed and it is clear that one of a closed group of people has inflicted the injuries, but there is not enough evidence to prove who is responsible. This loophole in the law has enabled those who injure a child or vulnerable adult to escape justice by remaining silent or by blaming or lying for each other.

CPS data suggests there were more than 20 cases in 2010 where children and vulnerable adults have been seriously injured – broken bones, brain injuries – while their attacker has walked free. This new legislation will stop this injustice.

Notes to editors

1.  For more information, please contact the Ministry of Justice press office on 02033343528.

Case study

Below is information from the CPS regarding cases where children were seriously harmed but no successful prosecution could be brought. We believe the proposed new offence would have allowed the CPS to prosecute these cases.

No one has been charged with causing the injuries in these cases, which are believed to be non-accidental.

  • The injuries inflicted on a two-week-old baby were:
    • Multiple fractures to left clavicle, left tibia, 6th, 7th, and 8th ribs;
    • Multiple bruises to left side of the upper neck, left cheek;  left side of the face, left side of forehead;  upper and lower eyelid;
    • Swelling/redness/ tenderness to the left clavicle region, lower leg;
    • Haemangioma on the back of the head.
  • The injuries discovered to a six month old child were:
    • An arm fractured in two places, one is a displaced fracture;
    • Fractured clavicle; and
    • Two ribs fractured.

Facts and figures

  • Sir Paul Beresford’s Private Members’ Bill which would extend the existing offence of causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult (in section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004) to cover cases of causing or allowing serious harm (equivalent to grievous bodily harm) to a child or vulnerable adult.
  • The committee stage of this Bill will take place today (Wednesday 22 June).
  • CPS data suggests there is a real gap in the law in serious injury cases.  Chief Crown Prosecutors in six CPS areas identified 20 potential cases involving children and three involving vulnerable adults in 2010 which could not be prosecuted under existing legislation but which they believe could have been prosecuted under the proposed new offence.
  • Between 2005-2008, the existing offence of causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult has seen 17 people successfully prosecuted.
  • To ensure that the maximum penalty for causing or allowing serious harm is proportionate when considered against both the maximum penalties for causing or allowing death and against other offences of serious harm, the Government is proposing a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.

Munro Review: CPS MUST be freed from ‘UNHELPFUL TARGETS’


Image Children & Young People NOW! LogoBy Lauren Higgs Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Children’s social care services should be freed from government targets and every council should appoint a principal child and family social worker, Professor Eileen Munro’s review of the child protection system has claimed.

Eileen Munro with children's minister Tim Loughton: Munro claims too many forms are hampering effective practice

Eileen Munro with children’s minister Tim Loughton: Munro claims too many forms are hampering effective practice

The review, which was commissioned by government after a spate of child protection scandals, argues that a one-size-fits-all approach to safeguarding and “tick-box culture” is preventing local areas from focusing on the needs of children.
Munro claimed too many forms and procedures are preventing professionals from being able to give children the help they need.
“That is why I am recommending that unhelpful targets for completing assessments within a set timescale are removed,” she explained.

“Professionals should instead concentrate on making good quality assessments that really focus on delivering the right help for the child, and checking whether that help has improved the child’s life.”
Children’s minister Tim Loughton said the Munro review is the first review of its kind that hasn’t been initiated as a direct reaction to a child death or serious case.

“This has allowed for a wide-ranging and in-depth review with some radically different proposals for reform,” he said. “It is clear that Professor Munro has taken a long hard look at what is preventing child protection services from working as well as they should in this country and I welcome her thorough analysis of the problems.
“It is now up to the government and the children’s sector to work together to look at the recommendations in detail and assess the implications of their implementation in practice for the long-term, not as a short-term fix. To do this the government will be working closely with a group of professionals from across the children’s sector and we will respond to Professor Munro’s recommendations later this year.”
Marion Davis, past president of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services, said Munro’s review seeks to make the whole child protection system more coherent.
“It is important that this systematic approach continues in the implementation of all the review’s recommendations across local and national government,” she claimed. “This review gives all social work employers a strong steer on what steps need to be taken to support an excellent child protection system and it will be strongly welcomed.”
The government has given the Children’s Workforce Development Council £79.9m for social work funding for 2011/12. This money is to be spent on helping local areas address specific challenges including high vacancy rates, problems recruiting child protection social workers, and increasing referrals of children to social care services.
Munro’s recommendations include plans to:

  • Remove the statutory requirement on local authorities to complete social care assessments within “artificial set timescales”
  • Free services that work with children and families from unhelpful government targets, national IT systems and nationally prescribed ways of working
  • Change the approach to conducting serious case reviews (SCRs), learning from the approach taken in sectors such as aviation and healthcare
  • Introduce a duty on all local services to co-ordinate an “early offer” of help to families who do not meet the criteria for social care, to address problems before they escalate
  • Require local authorities to protect the discrete roles and responsibilities of director of children’s services and lead member for children’s services
  • Reform Ofsted inspections so they follow the child’s “journey” through services, add more weight to feedback from children and families and examine how all local services, including health, education, police and the justice system contribute to the protection of children
  • Keep experienced social workers on the frontline even when they become managers so that their experience and skills are not lost
  • Designate a principal child and family social worker in each local authority to report the views and experiences of the frontline. At national level, a chief social worker would be established to advise government on social work practice
  • Revise the statutory Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance and the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families
  • Require employers and higher education institutions to work together so that social work students are prepared for the challenges of child protection work

Violence against young children rises by 20 per cent | Children & Young People Now


Violence against young children rises by 20 per cent | Children & Young People Now.</p>

By Joe Lepper Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The number of children under 11 who are treated in hospital after being assaulted has risen by 20 per cent in the past year, according to latest research. A rising number of assaults on young children comes in contrast to other age groups, where the number of incidents fell. Image: Morgue File A rising number of assaults on young children comes in contrast to other age groups, where the number of incidents fell.

This follows an increase of eight per cent in violence-related injuries among this age group recorded between 2008 and 2009. The figures are released annually by Cardiff University’s Violence and Society Research Group and are based on data from 59 emergency departments and minor injury units in England and Wales. The group’s director Professor Jonathan Shepherd said the latest figures show a “disturbing upward trend in violence against children”. He said: “The figures highlight the need for child safeguarding to remain a national priority.” He also hopes that the Munro Review into child protection ensures action is taken to improve the quality of safeguarding services. The increase in violence-related injuries against young children comes in contrast to other age groups, where the number of incidents fell. During 2010, 313,033 people in England and Wales needed treatment following an assault, a 10.8 per cent drop on figures released in 2009. There were particularly large falls among teenagers and young adults, although those in the 18 to 30 age group continue to be the most likely victims. Violence-related injuries sustained by 11- to 17-year-olds dropped by 16.5 per cent between 2009 and 2010. Professor Shepherd added that this decrease in violence against teenagers has been happening for several years. More targeted policing and the creation of crime prevention partnerships have been key factors in this decline, he added.

Children in care – The Department for Education


Children in care – The Department for Education.

About children in care

Children in the care of local authorities are one of the most vulnerable groups in society. The majority of children in care are there because they have suffered abuse or neglect. At any one time around 60,000 children are looked after in England (of whom some 59 per cent are subject to care orders). Some 90,000 children are looked after at some point in any one year.

The Government wants every child in care to grow up safe, happy, healthy, secure and loved. This is the only way they will be able to fulfill their potential.

The term ‘looked after children’ includes:

  • Those children who are in care through a care order under section 31 of the Children Act 1989
  • Those accommodated on a voluntary basis through an agreement with their parents under section 20 of that Act, or agreement with of the child if they are over 16.
  • Children placed away from home under an emergency protection order
  • Children on police protection/remand/detention (section 21 of the Children Act)

How are they cared for?

  • Most looked after children are in foster care (73 per cent)
  • Some 10 per cent are in children’s homes
  • The rest are cared for in a number of different settings including residential schools and placement with parents.

Young Person’s Guide to Being in Care

The Who Cares? Trust, working with the Department, has produced a guide for young people on being in care.

This is available as a series of pages on Who Cares? Trust, a website for young people

General article
Updated: 22 March 2011               [click on title above for direct link]

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • protecting children from maltreatment
  • preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • ensuring children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.

Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare. It refers to the activity that is undertaken to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.

Effective child protection is essential as part of wider work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. However, all agencies and individuals should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.

Child protection: Role of LA Children’s Social Care

[click on title above for direct link]

The Director of Children’s Services, under section 18 of the Children Act 2004 has responsibility for ensuring that a local authority meets their specific duties to organise and plan services and to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Each local authority is responsible for establishing a Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) in their area and ensuring it is run effectively. An LSCB can cover more than one local authority area.

Social workers take a lead role in:

  • responding to children and families in need of support and help
  • undertaking enquiries following allegations or suspicion of abuse
  • undertaking initial assessments and core assessments as part of the Assessment Framework
  • convening strategy meetings and initial and subsequent child-protection conferences
  • court action to safeguard and protect children
  • coordinating the implementation of the child protection plan for children on the child protection register
  • looking after and planning for children in the care of the council
  • ensuring that looked-after children are safeguarded in a foster family, children’s home or other placement.

 

Child grooming: “There is still much to do” says new CEO of Barnardo’s


NIH Child_sexual_abuse disorders graph

Image via Wikipedia

Anne Marie Carrie urges Michael Gove to appoint minister for child protection

Anne Marie Carrie, the new chief executive of Barnardo’s, has said that  child sexual exploitation is a child protection issue and the Secretary of State for Education should appoint a minister to take forward a national action plan without delay.

The Chief Executive of the UK’s largest children’s charity has used her first day in office to call for urgent action to protect the thousands of young girls and boys who are being preyed upon and then abused, raped and exploited for sex. The charity, which has been supporting these children for 16 years and runs 22 specialist services across the UK, worked with more than 1,000 sexually exploited girls and boys last year.

Although Barnardo’s welcomes CEOP‘s investigation into child sexual exploitation, it believes that without a minister with overall responsibility the Government response is likely to remain inadequate.

Anne Marie Carrie said:

“I have a lifetime of experience working in children’s services, but there is nothing more shocking than child sexual exploitation. These vulnerable defenceless girls and boys, who crave love and attention, are groomed then abused in the most callous and calculated way, leaving them deeply traumatised and scarred for life.

Although I thoroughly welcome the recent attention around the issue, the children at the heart of this crime have been forgotten as discussion has focused on the ethnicity of perpetrators in high profile cases.”

I’m a survivor too! | Angelawileman’s Blog


Please read the below referenced blog. A true account from a survivor of the Social Service system!

I’m a survivor too! | Angelawileman’s Blog.

 

On Angela’s page, this is filed under the following Catagories & Tags

Filed under Spain women children’s rights Devon social services Leicestershire LyndaMac Suffolk social services family court solicitor Ireland Spain Child protection UK politics law forced adoption

You like this post.

4 Responses to I’m a survivor too!

  1. Portia

    Great Blog.

    Matri Genocide has been going on for 5,000 yrs as the patriarchal system set about destroying all things natural…Mother Nature…in order to control her.

    A few hundred years ago, you would be labelled a witch for being so strong and daring to speak your truth, now the psycho babblers label females “future emotional abusers”as if they have crystal balls.

    The system ensnares the victim of domestic abuse by propaganda- urging her to come forward to free herself and the children. That is not what the old system wants though, so when the victim comes forward- beaten down, tired, then the agents of the patriarchal state swoop down like vultures to steal the young and kill off the mother.

    These agents are paid predators, who have been brainwashed into believing that they must steal as many babies as possible and destroy as many mothers as possible.

    If the child is not adoptable- too old for the needy adopters, then it is given to the abuser, to add more pain to the mothers heart and soul.

    They know what they do.!!!!!!!!!

    However, Mother Nature always takes back what she gave for free, so shortly the whole truth will emerge, thanks to strong mothers like you and Linda Mac, etc

  2. Hey Angela, it’s about time you blogged your experiences with the UK SS. You have escaped and defeated them and you are someone we can all look up to for defeating the evil UK Social Services,
    Mark n Kerry :)

  3. Andrew

    I’m happy for you, good job ‘breaking the law’, esp when the law is not legitimately in the best interests of anyone, besides those that wish to steal children.

  4. Go for it Angela.

    Social Services are a disgusting bunch of misfits.

    If your are properly outside their clutches and the clutches of the UK courts re contempt of court, then tell it all and post on as many big readership blogs as possible to publicise the story as much as possible.

    This evil system needs destroying.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <pre> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Enhanced by Zemanta

Arizona Gunman Worked for CPS …


Arizona Shooter Worked for Child Protection Services

via Examiner: Albany CPS & Family Court reports

According to several websites that managed to save personal information from Arizona shooter Jared Loughner’s internet presence, Loughner claimed to have worked for Child Protective Services.
Below is the information that was allegedly scrubbed from his facebook page within minutes of the shooting.
Jared Loughner
Has worked at Child Protective Services
Studied at Pima Community College
Lives in Tucson, Arizona
Education and Work
Employers •
Child Protective Services
College •
Pima Community College
High School •
Mountain View High School
Class of 2006
Basic Informatio­n

About Jared
Love hunting trolls and children, I want to be a woman one day… Most people just don’t seem to understand me, but I’m gonna prove to
you all how wrong you are…
My favorite interest was reading, and I studied grammar. Conscience
dreams were a great study in college!
Fools who don’t understand the law are bound to suffer under it!
Sex Male
Interested In Men
Jared only shares some profile informatio­n with everyone. If you
know Jared, add him as a friend or send him a message.
Facebook © 2011 • English (US)
Whether Loughner actually worked for Child Protective Services or the mention of CPS is simply part of his mental illness has not been confirmed at this point.
null Click here to find out more!

 

Continue reading on Examiner.com: Arizona shooter allegedly worked for Child Protective Services – Albany CPS and Family Court | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/cps-and-family-court-in-albany/arizona-shooter-allegedly-worked-for-child-protective-services#ixzz1B3vgmQn8