Child Protection Issues

The NSPCC has hailed the introduction of new laws designed to stop sex offenders from grooming children. NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “The Justice Secretary has done the right thing. This is a victory for common sense. Children should be as safe online as they are offline, wherever they are in the UK”.

The new offence gives courts the powers to jail anyone who sends a sexual communication to a child – and stop the process of grooming before it starts. Groomers who target children through mobile phones and social media now face 2 years in prison. Those found guilty also face being automatically placed on the sex offenders register. The new offence, which came into effect in April covers both online and offline communication, including through social media, e-mail, and letters

Elisabeth James said, “In the fast changing world of technology, these new rules cover a gap in the law’s protection of children”.

If you would like assistance in relation to a child protection issue, call Elisabeth on 02392 210170 for further information.

 

July 2017

 

Change in Law for Rental Property

A new Act will come into force on 20th March 2019 which states that any property let by a landlord as a home must be fit for living in. This includes private renting, social housing and houses of multiple occupancy (HMO).

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New service for identifying charitable bequests

Senior Probate Executive, Alanna White, comments on a new system alerting charities to when they have been left money in wills is to be established by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) following a decision to end its current arrangement.

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Do you need to insure your car if you don’t drive it?

Partner, Hannah Jones, considers the implications of a recent ruling from the European court of Justice, which was asked “Do you need to insure a car that is kept secured off-road and which you have no intention of using?”

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Uber drivers entitled to workplace protections

The ‘gig’ economy is characterised by the prevalence of short-term contracts or freelance work, as opposed to permanent jobs. It is either a positive working environment that offers a great deal of flexibility. 

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