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

 

Wills and Planning for the future

Research just published underlines how ill-prepared most people are in terms of their end of life planning.

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Around-the-clock care set to double by 2035, according to study

According to a recent study published by The Lancet, it is estimated that in the next twenty years, the number of over-85s requiring around-the-clock care is set to double. 

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Treatment for vulnerable offenders

Vulnerable offenders with mental health, alcohol and substance abuse issues are addressing the underlying cause of their offending, as part of a pioneering new government backed scheme.

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Robbers have their sentences increased

In a sign that the courts are taking the vulnerability of victims more into account when assessing punishments for the guilty, a gang of robbers have recently had their sentences increased.

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