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Human Trafficking (Child Protection) Bill 2019-21

Source: published on this site Thursday 27th February 2020

This is a Private Members’ Bill to make provision for the creation of secure safe houses for children that have been subject to human trafficking; and for connected purposes. It was presented to Parliament on 10th February 2020 and its second reading is scheduled to take place on the 11th September 2020

Papers relating to this Bill are in the process of being prepared. Mr. Peter Bone MP is the sponsor.

Inquiry finds Westminster failed significantly in responses to child sexual abuse

Source: Independent Inquiry Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) published on this site Wednesday 26th February 2020 by Jill Powell

The Inquiry has today published its Westminster report, which finds political institutions have significantly failed in their responses to allegations of child sexual abuse for decades.

This includes failing to recognise abuse, turning a blind eye to it, covering up allegations and actively protecting high-profile offenders, including politicians.

During three weeks of public hearings last year, the Inquiry heard from survivors, whistleblowers, cabinet ministers, MPs and police officers among others.

There has clearly been a significant problem with deference towards people of public prominence, from the Whips’ offices to the police and prosecutors, although the investigation found no evidence of an organised paedophile network at the heart of government. 

For example, in the 1970s and 1980s, MPs including Sir Cyril Smith and Sir Peter Morrison were known to be active in their sexual interest in children, but were protected from prosecution.

Giving evidence, former Liberal Party leader Lord Steel said that because allegations against Smith had arisen before he joined the party, he saw “no reason, or no locus to go back to [it]”. This failure to recognise the risks was an abdication of responsibility, and the fact the offences were non-recent was irrelevant.

Meanwhile, senior officials within the Conservative party knew about allegations concerning Morrison for years but did not pass them on to police. Instead, he became Margaret Thatcher’s Parliamentary Private Secretary in 1990 and was knighted a year later.

Guidance for schools and other educational settings: providing advice about the novel coronavirus, COVID-19.

Source: published on this site Monday 24th February 2020 by Jill Powell

This guidance will assist schools and other educational settings in providing advice for pupils, students, staff and parents or carers regarding:

  • the novel coronavirus, COVID-19,
  • how to help prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19,
  • what to do if someone confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19 has been in a school or other educational setting, and
  • what advice to give to individuals who have travelled from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand within the last 14 days

With regards to travel information to China or other countries for pupils or students resident or boarding in the UK, we recommend following the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) country advice pages. At present, FCO advises against all travel to Hubei Province due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. The FCO also advises against all but essential travel to the rest of mainland China (not including Hong Kong and Macau).

To read click: Guidance to educational settings about COVID-19

Childminders: report new adults in the home

Source: Ofsted published on this site Tuesday 25th February 2020

Childminders must tell Ofsted about new people aged 16 or over who live or work in the home you look after children in within 14 days. This includes children who turn 16.

Ofsted have to carry out checks to make sure the children being looked after will be safe in the home they are being looked after them in. 

New adults are the following people aged 16 or over:

new household members who start to live in the home

people already living in the home who turn 16

new people who work regularly during childcare hours, such as a cleaner

new childminders or assistants

You must also tell Ofsted if any of these people move out or stop working in these roles. 

To read and report new adults click: Childminders: report new adults in the home

Care worker jailed for raping vulnerable adult while she was in respite care

A CARE worker from Leeds who admitted raping and impregnating a vulnerable woman in his care was given an extended sentence totalling 15 years yesterday (Monday 17 February).
Edson Munyikwa, 55, raped the non-verbal patient when he was looking after her in respite care. His crime was only discovered when the victim became pregnant as a result of the assault and began suffering a series of particularly severe fits.
When blood tests detected the pregnancy an urgent investigation began and male staff members at the care facility were suspended until the suspect could be identified. The victim’s male relatives also had to move out of the family home for five weeks and care workers were stationed at the victim’s home permanently to make sure that no men were granted access to her.
All the men who may have been able to visit the victim provided a voluntary DNA sample for testing. The tests revealed that Munyikwa, who had worked as a carer for more than 10 years, was the attacker. He pleaded guilty to rape on 13 December 2019 at Leeds Crown Court.
Vanessa Birchell-Edmondson, of the CPS, said “Munyikwa’s actions are sickening. He abused his position of trust and targeted an extremely vulnerable woman who lacked the capacity to consent. She should have been safe in his care, but he took complete advantage of her for his own hideous sexual gratification.
“I would like to thank the victim’s family for the immense strength they have shown throughout this process, and I hope this sentence provides them with some comfort. Our thoughts remain with the victim and her family.”

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