Tomorrow Is National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day

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In order to raise awareness around the issue of child sexual exploitation (CSE), March 18 has become the day organisations, government bodies and people around the world unite to try to tackle this issue.

The Metropolitan Police have already released stats on the extent of CSE which shows that this crime has shot up by 50% in London since 2014. In reality, what the stat may indicate is that the crime has become more visible since child protection went to the top of the government’s agenda 3 years ago.

Police forces around the country are also backing the Helping Hands campaign, which you can follow on Twitter with the hash tag #HelpingHands. More information on the day itself can be accessed on Twitter, too.

Whilst it’s all well and good everyone backing the idea of preventing child sexual abuse, rallying cries from leads in this area are falling flat…

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UK #Paedophile Epidemic so Big #Police Ask Vigilante Group to Take Over @MoJGovUK @UKHomeOffice

17-03-05-yournewswireUK Paedophile Epidemic So Big Police Ask Vigilante Group To Take Over – an article that highlights the gap between

  • those who are paid to do a job – to fit a ‘job description’ and the mission or remit of their boss and organisation
  • and those who act from their heart as ‘amateurs’: with passion, commitment and perseverance.

Dark Justice is the ‘antidote’ to Police: two Northerners posing as potential paedo victims and getting them arrested, if not convicted. Here are their successes so far:

  • 75 arrests
  • 42 convictions
  • 20 imprisonments.

Police who’ve been paid to do the same job instead have this to show for:

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Urgent Call For Evidence: Children In Care And Care Leavers

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We tweeted about this call for evidence last week, but it’s too important a request not to share it again here.

The Children’s Commissioner and the National Children’s Bureau are hoping to:

  • Gather information on mechanisms used to seek the views, experiences and perceptions of children in care and care leavers.
  • Identify related sources of evidence produced since April 2015 that relate to the views, experiences and perceptions of children in care and care leavers.

The very good National IRO Managers Partnership website has a useful summary. An extract from their article is added below:

“The aim is to understand the current evidence base on views, experiences and perceptions of children in or leaving care. This will involve exploring methods used to engage with children, as well as the products of such engagement. Analysis will focus on whether it is feasible to describe a national picture by drawing on individual exercises from…

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#MelanieShaw Given Two Years Following Secret Court Hearing @IICSA_Media @UKHomeOffice @MoJGovUK

News from UK Column by Brian Gerrish — Thursday, 12th January 2017

On Wednesday 11 January 2016, Melanie Shaw, the whistleblower on the horrific abuse of children which occurred at the then county council-run Beechwood Children’s Home in Nottinghamshire in the late 1980s, was given a two-year custodial sentence in a secret court hearing.

The nature of the charge against her is unclear and that information is refused when requested of court staff. The case took place late yesterday morning but it did not appear on any court lists until the hearing was past.

Melanie Shaw did not appear in person in court for this hearing, which was conducted by video link from her prison, as has also been the case with previous of her court ‘appearances’. She states that without fail, whenever in the past she has given testimony by such video link, she has been cut off on the pretext that “you were shouting”, which she denies. Continue reading

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