Education staff – concerns about reporting FGM

Interesting to see results of a recently published survey of members of The Association of Teachers and Lecturers looking at child protection and safeguarding of pupils and students in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The survey highlighted that 31% were concerned about reporting female genital mutilation (FGM), ‘honour- based’ abuse or child abuse linked to faith or belief, because they lacked confidence in their own judgement. Significantly, 29% had not been given information or training to identify and report FGM. […]

‘Sexting epidemic amongst Britain’s youth’?

Recent publicity has drawn attention to the national problem of youth produced sexual imagery – often referred to as ‘sexting’. It has highlighted that this is very much a child protection concern requiring  better guidance and education to reflect the issue’s prevalence and use of new technology. Freedom of Information Act data has indicated involvement of children as young as seven, as well as almost 3,500 police investigations nationally,  involving children under 18, in the past 4 years. Facebook and […]

Sexual Communications with Children – Indecent Images of Children

On 3rd April a new law came into force under ‘Section 67 Serious Crime Act 2015’ which inserts a new offence into ‘Section 15A Sexual Offences Act 2003’ relating to sexual communication with a child. Any adult found guilty of this offence could face up to 2 years imprisonment and automatic inclusion on the sex offenders register. Until now those adults suspected of grooming a child could only face prosecution when they met with a child, with any preceding sexual […]