Ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (‘the Lanzarote Convention’)

Last month we looked at the recommendation from IICSA’s interim report that the UK government ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (‘the Lanzarote Convention’).  This week the Home Office has confirmed ratification on 20 June and the convention will come into force on 1 October 2018. Continue reading

Healthcare providers, reviews and inquiries

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has recently published an update report in connection with the seminars held in September 2017 to consider current approaches to the prevention of child sexual abuse in healthcare services. Although there is not a specific investigation focused upon sexual abuse of children within the healthcare sector, there have been a number of high profile cases involving medical and care professionals which might suggest that the healthcare sector may represent as much of a risk as any other sector involved in the care of children. Of course it is not just children who are at risk and although they are the focus of IICSA, other inquiries and reviews are also looking at abusive behaviour towards adults, most currently the Independent Inquiry into the issues raised by Paterson (the surgeon convicted of assaults arising from unnecessary breast tissue surgeries). Continue reading

Australian Redress Scheme about to get underway – 1st July, 2018

On the 10th May, 2018 the National Redress Scheme (the Scheme) legislation was introduced to the Parliament for Australia. This legislation replaces the Commonwealth legislation previously introduced and this allow for States and territories that join the Scheme to participate under law. Continue reading

Accountability & Reparations – Preliminary Hearing

A preliminary hearing was recently held to provide an update on the work of the Accountability & Reparations Investigation and to discuss the necessary preparations for the November/December hearing.  Continue reading

The Council of Europe Convention on the Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse (‘the Lanzarote Convention’) and its incorporation into UK legislation

We have already reviewed the contents and emerging themes of IICSA’s, recently published, interim report. One particular point it made in relation to professional and political issues was the improvement that could be made by leaders in government and other institutions working with children in relation to protecting children, preventing and responding to child sexual abuse.  Continue reading

IICSA – redress related themes emerging from initial reports

Three reports have been published this year, the first two relate to investigations and the third is the over-arching interim report. Previous blogs have commented on these individually but it is clear that some patterns and key issues are emerging. Some of those relate to safeguarding and individual institutional responses. Others relate to issues associated with redress. These latter issues are considered below. Continue reading

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse announces mandatory reporting seminar

A mandatory reporting seminar will be held on 27 September 2018. Its aim is to gather information and views on whether mandatory reporting should be introduced as a response to child sexual abuse.  The seminar will invite key individuals with valued insight in the subject and will examine the issues, concerns and practical implications of mandatory reporting.  Continue reading