20/06/2022: County lines: Inside the complex battle against drug gangs exploiting children
Police waging the relentless battle against dangerous crime gangs often arrest children for drug dealing. The BBC has been given rare access to a new team of prosecutors who have to decide whether these young suspects are criminals or victims. The choices they face are often complex and controversial.
23/05/2022: Bounced from home to home, neglected and raped: The story of a teenager’s horrific life in care
Amber, 19, has waived her anonymity to tell her story. From the age of 13 she bounced through the care system, on a journey to ever-greater isolation and abuse, which ended in her being placed in “prison-like” secure accommodation “for her own safety”.
21/04/2022: Child deaths by assault: will appalling brutality spur on reviews to fix a failing system?
Public policy faces crucial challenge in wake of cases of torture, neglect and killings of defenceless children in Britain. It may seem as if the UK is undergoing a exceptional run of child deaths: in December the horrific cases of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, and Star Hobson came to light through the courts, followed by that of Kyrell Matthews in March, and now another appalling tragedy, five-year-old Logan Mwangi.
13/04/2022: Online porn: ‘My pupils ask me about violence’
Emma learned how to approach many tricky circumstances when she trained to be a teacher, but dealing with pupils’ questions about bestiality and strangulation was not one of them. Reflecting on the written exercise, which invited the class to share their concerns about pornography in anonymous letters, she concludes: “They must have seen those things online or been sent them.”
31/03/2022: End The Unjust Criminalization Of Female Victims Of Violence
Naomi is one of 18 women who share their stories in a new report from Centre for Women’s Justice, exposing how victims of violence against women and girls (VAWG) are unfairly arrested, prosecuted and convicted for offences arising from their experience of abuse.
Read: Russell Webster
28/03/2022: Tip-off plan to expose wife beaters as Priti Patel prepares to announce national register of domestic abusers
Women will be alerted by the police if they buy a house or open a bank account with a convicted domestic abuser. The move will be announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel this week under plans to tackle the growing problem of violence in the home. It will involve the establishment of the first national register of domestic abusers.
Read: Daily Mail
24/03/2022: Nottingham sexual consent campaign takes to the streets
A campaign to make girls and women safer in Nottingham is being put on the sides of a tram and bus. It promotes the A-Z of Consent – an educational resource designed to challenge misconceptions about sexual behaviour.
23/03/2022: Smacking children in Wales becomes illegal
Parents smacking their children will be illegal in Wales from Monday. First Minister Mark Drakeford said it was a “historic” day for children as Wales becomes the second UK nation to ban physical punishment. The legal defence of reasonable punishment has been removed, so anyone who smacks a child in their care could be arrested and prosecuted for assault.
18/03/2022: Sexual Harm Prevention Orders – Considerations for youth justice advocates
A young person (16 years old at the time of the offence but 20 years old when sentenced) pleaded guilty to three offences of making indecent photographs of children, contrary to section 1 of the Protection of Children Act 1978. He received a 12 month community order on each offence, with conditions that he do 80 hours of unpaid work and attend for up to 15 days on a rehabilitation activity requirement.
15/03/2022: £10m programme to deliver therapeutic support for 2,500 young people at greatest risk of violence (London)
Thousands of children at risk of violence across London are set to benefit from a new programme centred on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Specialist frontline youth workers working across the capital’s children’s services are now delivering CBT interventions aimed at helping young people manage challenges in their lives including involvement in gangs and violent crime.
12/03/2022: Intimate image abuse: His confession protected him (Video)
After receiving an anonymous tip-off on Facebook, Georgie discovered that intimate photos of her were being shared online. She remembered who had taken the photos – and later an ex-partner confessed to sharing the images. But Georgie then found out that the wording of the current legislation aimed at tackling the abuse meant that his confession may have been the thing that protected him.
11/03/2022: Sexual harassment in schools ‘becoming the norm’ for pupils (Wales)
Cases of sexual harassment among pupils has “become the norm”, according to Wales’ lead schools police officer. Deputy Chief Constable Claire Parmenter said she had written to headteachers encouraging them to report cases.
08/03/2022: International Women’s Day – Why Many Women Are Still Not Safe Online
International Women’s Day allows for a day of reflection and to think about the place of women in today’s society. As the focus of SWGfL revolves around the safe use of technology, we reflect on the position of women in online spaces, and it’ll be no surprise, that just like the offline world, the online world is still, unfortunately, not a safe space for many women. But in 2022, why is this still the case and what needs to change?
21/02/2022: Sex abuse fears over ‘Tinder for teens’ app amid warning that users could also be open to bullying and racism
Schools have warned against a new social media app dubbed ‘Tinder for teens’ after claims it exposes children to sexual harassment, racism and bullying. Yubo, which has 3.6million users in the UK, allows children aged between 13 and 17 to match with potential dates and encourages them to join group video calls.
Read: Daily Mail
09/02/2022: Fifth of young women and girls ‘cyber-flashed’ in past year, UK study reveals
More than a fifth of girls and young women in the UK have been ‘“cyber-flashed” in the last year and a similar number have faced sexual harassment, according to a study exposing endemic internet sexual abuse.