A selection of pieces of news around Safeguarding, from SafeCIC and OSCP – Our Safeguarding Children Partnership, and the Safer Cornwall partnership.

Our Safeguarding Children Partnership for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Annual Conference 2019.

Reading Between the Lines: Recognising the Risks in Safeguarding Children.  At the Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge, 25 March 2019, 9.15am to 4.30pm.

Contact OSCP on  01872 327225 or ciosscp@cornwall.gov.uk to book.

Safer Cornwall newsletter for March

The March Safer Cornwall newsletter has a host of useful articles, so much so that it’s best if you just find the newsletter and read them all there!  These include:

  • creating a clean air generation
  • 5,000 hours given by Time Credit members
  • Cove Ward, treating mental health patients in Cornwall
  • National Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Day 18 March
  • Safer Towns, one year on
  • on-island mental health support for the Isles of Scilly
  • Carbon Monoxide detectors
  • Safer Cornwall training programme

 

Upskirting

‘Upskirting’ is now a specific crime, as an addendum to the Voyeurism Act received Royal Assent in February.  The law has been changed to make it illegal to take or cause to be taken images of another person’s underwear or genitals, without their consent. See the Gov.uk press release.

Mental Capacity

The next stage of the Mental capacity (Amendment) Bill has begun in the House of Commons, seeking to reform safeguards which are currently available to those who lack capacity. The bill will replace the much-criticised Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards system, which has a huge backlog of cases.

Abuse in the Catholic Church

Pope Francis has vowed justice for the victims of clerical sexual abuse, following a series of scandals which have hit the Catholic Church.  After years of sweeping the issue under the carpet, some are saying that the changes are not enough, but the will seems to be there at the very top to bring change.  For more on what Pope Francis said, see a BBC article.

Pensions cold calling

It is now illegal to make unsolicited phone calls to people about their pensions, with punishment of up to £500,000 fines a possibility for those who break the law.