News 2021: 10 items (Violence)

25/09/2022: Up to £5m funding to support county lines victims

The Home Office has allocated up to £5m to support victims of county lines exploitation over the next three years. Support services in London, the West Midlands, Merseyside and Greater Manchester will be expanded. County lines involves drug gangs grooming children or vulnerable adults to run drugs from one city to often more rural parts of the country.

Read: BBC

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23/09/2022: Rape posts every half-hour found on online incel forum

Discussions on a major forum for incels are growing more violent, a new study by the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH) has warned. Incels – short for Involuntary Celibate – hold misogynistic beliefs, and some have launched violent attacks. The CCDH research suggests that, on average, a post about rape was published to the forum every 29 minutes.

Read: BBC

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23/09/2022: March 2022 statistics on Cautioning and Sentencing of Knife and Offensive Weapon Offences

Published in August 2022, statistics produced by the Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) outline the trends in the number of offenders receiving cautions and convictions for possession of a knife or other offensive weapon in England and Wales.

Read: Youth Justice Legal Centre

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22/09/2022: Children as young as 10 being drawn into football hooliganism amid rising violence, police chief warns

Children as young as 10 are being drawn into football hooliganism as violence and disorder rises at matches, a police chief has warned. New figures show that in the 2021-22 season, more than 400 games saw disorder and anti-social behaviour incidents involving supporters aged 25 and under, and banning orders have been issued to children as a result.

Read: Independent

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30/08/2022: Child To Parent Abuse

The latest (26 August 2022) Academic Insight from the probation inspectorate explores the issue of child to parent abuse. Authored by Dr Amanda Holt of the University of Roehampton, the report summarises the research findings on child to parent abuse, covering its prevalence, contexts, and impacts before considering the implications for youth justice practice.

Read: Russell Webster

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23/06/2022: Disadvantaged girls ‘feel most pressure’ to share nude pictures

More girls from disadvantaged backgrounds have been asked to send nude images online compared with girls from more affluent backgrounds, a survey has revealed.

Read: Children and Young People Now

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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.

Read: BBC

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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”.

Read: Sky

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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.

Read: Guardian

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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.”

Read: BBC

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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

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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

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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.

Read: BBC

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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.

Read: BBC

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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.

Read: Youth Justice Legal Centre

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