HIAI Redress Delay developments

Hot on the heels of our recent update there have been further developments in the campaign to push for implementation of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI) recommendations.

We have recently reported on the consultation process and the announcement by the Northern Ireland Civil Service that the results of the process had been passed to Secretary of State Karen Brady. More recently various representatives of the former residents of institutions have met with the Secretary of State to press for progress in the absence of the Executive.  They were very angry at what they saw as further delay on the part of the Secretary of State.  On her part the Secretary of State has confirmed that she sees the urgent need for implementation but she has asked the various political parties for comments on 15 questions around the implementation and recommendations.  She also sees the need for the NI politicians to take ownership of the issue and wants it to be part of the discussions to reinstate the Executive.

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Have things changed since Winterbourne View?

What the BBC and the CQC tell us about abuse of vulnerable patients

An undercover investigation by BBC Panorama (‘Undercover Hospital Abuse Scandal’ – 22 May 2019) revealed abuse of vulnerable patients at Whorlton Hall, an independent hospital for adults with learning disabilities and complex needs/autism.  Whorlton Hall was previously part of the Castlebeck Group (which also ran Winterbourne View) and the Danshell Group.  In 2017 it received aGood’ rating from its regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), despite previous complaints.

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Modernisation of records service, in disarray

A report by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), released on 1 May 2019, confirmed that due to ongoing delays the updating of systems at the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), is running four years late and is almost £230 million over budget. The DBS is used by employers who need to obtain safeguarding information, such as details of criminal records, about people who want to work with children or vulnerable adults. The DBS took over from the Criminal Records Bureau in 2012.

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Operation Stovewood update

A further 40 individuals have been arrested as part of Operation Stovewood.

Operation Stovewood was set up by the National Crime Agency (NCA) following the Jay Inquiry into the handling of child sexual exploitation reports in Rotherham. The Jay Inquiry was published in August 2014 and estimated that 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013.

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Us Too?

Today, the International Bar Association (IBA) released its report Us Too? Bullying and Sexual Harassment in the Legal profession.

The report, commissioned in the wake of the #MeToo movement, has identified worrying statistics indicating that bullying and sexual harassment is endemic in the legal profession.  The report, prepared after a survey of almost 7,000 lawyers across 135 countries, has identified that levels of bullying and sexual harassment in the UK legal profession are above the International average.

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Sexual abuse in football – an update

In August 2018, former Celtic football club youth coach and kit man, Jim McCafferty, was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison after admitting eight counts of sexual assault. These offences took place between December 2012 and December 2015 and his victim was aged between 14 and 16.

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