Internet Watch Foundation publishes its Annual Report

The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) works to identify and remove online images and videos of child sexual abuse. Their aim is to make the internet a safer place by removing the availability of online sexual abuse content.

On 18 April 2018 they published their 2017 Annual Report, here we look at some of the trends that they have identified and their valuable work in tackling online images of child sexual abuse. Continue reading

Impact of the Abolition and Amendment of the Law of Limitation in relation to non-recent child abuse – comparative experiences

Western Australia is the latest state to introduce laws which will enhance the prospects of success for claimants’ bringing claims for damages arising out of non-recent sexual abuse. Following the lead of all other states, apart from South Australia, legislation has just been enacted that will abolish the 6 year limitation period.   The recently concluded Royal Commission found that on average an individual waited 22 years to disclose their abusive experiences   The changes being introduced also provide a legal basis for suing institutions in the name of their current office holders and include provisions designed to overcome difficulties survivors may face in identifying a correct defendant.  Continue reading

Publication of IICSA’s Interim Report: 25 April 2018

IICSA have announced the publication of its Interim Report on Thursday 25 April 2018, which will be available from 12:00 noon on the Inquiry’s website. Continue reading

IICSA’s Second Report – Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale

Today IICSA published its report into Cambridge House, Knowl View and Rochdale.

The report is split into seven parts: Introduction, Cambridge House, Knowl View School, Police Investigations, Political Accountability, Other Institutions and Conclusions. Continue reading

Scottish update

On 9 March 2018, the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill, which we covered in our 12 February 2018 blog, became an Act of the Scottish Parliament upon the grant of Royal Assent. Its provisions will be brought into force at a later date by Scottish ministerial regulations. Continue reading

IICSA developments – where next?

IICSA is now moving forward rapidly and in so doing answering some of the past criticisms about how long it will take and whether it is cost effective. Its first report regarding child migration was important but in many ways confirmed what was known from earlier reports and addressed something which no longer occurs. The second report, which is to be published on 12 April, addresses matters which are still very much part of everyday life for many people. This report relates to abuse in connection with Cambridge House Boys’ Hostel, Knowl View School and Rochdale Borough Council. Whilst with any report there will be parts which are very specific to the organisations, people or locality which the investigation focused upon, the themes and recommendations are likely to be of relevance to a much wider audience. As with the reports of the Royal Commission in Australia they will however only be of value if they are put in to practice and not left to gather dust. Continue reading

Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) to be reformed

The Health Minister has endorsed the Law Commission’s recommendations to replace the current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with the more robust Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS). The new regime will provide greater legal safeguards and transparency for individuals who are deprived of their liberty because they lack the mental capacity to consent to necessary care/treatment. Continue reading