Home Office rewrites definition of child sexual exploitation

David Hencke

home-office Home Office: trying to define child sexual exploitation Pic credit: gov.uk


This week  the Home Office quietly announced a new definition of child sexual exploitation which will be used by all practitioners in the field – from the police and social workers to voluntary organisations and charities.

The decision was overshadowed by an announcement that the Government was spending an extra £40m tackling child sex abuse.

It included the launch of a new Centre of Expertise on child sexual abuse, an extra £20 million for the National Crime Agency to tackle online child sexual exploitation, £2.2 million for organisations working to protect children at risk of trafficking and the launch of Independent Child Trafficking Advocates (ICTAs) in 3 early-adopter sites across the UK.

The latter service will initially be provided by Barnardo’s in Wales, Hampshire and Greater Manchester ahead of a full national roll out.

However the…

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Help needed

Help is needed for this blog site

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I have a list of several hundred links on various subjects which need work on them before I can begin writing some articles using them.

Is anyone able to offer some help, if I give you bunches of 50 at a time? No time pressures.

The links are available in this format




which need putting into references like this

[2] 2016 Jun 2 News 24 ‘1 in 3’ child abuse stats shocking, frightening – MEC http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/1-in-3-child-abuse-stats-shocking-frightening-mec-20160602

[3] 2014 Nov 13 Africa Check Is a child raped every three minutes in South Africa? The data is flawed https://africacheck.org/reports/is-a-child-raped-every-three-minutes-in-south-africa-the-statistic-is-flawed/

and then into a timeline like this

2017 Jan 26 Notches [32] Blog From Child Pledging to Child Abuse: How Girl Marriage Changed in Zimbabwe

2017 Feb 2 Channel 4 News [11]Archbishop apologises for historic ‘abuse’: the full story

2017 Feb 3 Guardian [12] British barrister accused…

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Will David Cameron’s National Citizen Service deliver results for poor disaffected ” hard to reach ” youth?

David Hencke

ncs_tf_partnership_web-news David Cameron with some National Citizen Service students on a Teach First partnership. Pic Credit: Teach First


One of David Cameron’s  legacies from his  ” Big Society ” initiative is the creation of a National Citizen Service for 15 to 17 year olds where they could go to summer camps.take part in adventurous sports like rock climbing and kayaking  and undertake community work and local projects for four weeks.

He bequeathed Theresa May with a bill setting up a national trust with a Royal Charter so it could be implemented nationwide. So enamoured was David Cameron with the idea  he has agreed to be chair of the patrons of the new trust.

But since Theresa May took office it has suffered two body blows. She has limited the money and dropped a commitment to a statutory requirement for schools and colleges to publicise it. None of this…

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The next day, Cook was told by anti-corruption officers that Sid Fillery had been in touch with reporter Alex Marunchak at the News of the World asking him to “sort out” the detective. Yet the British Government want to give Sky to Murdoch.




BY THE late 1990s Scotland Yard had made no progress in catching the men who butchered private detective Daniel Morgan in 1987.

Then in 1998 anti-corruption detectives — worried that bent policemen were selling sensitive information to the detective agency Southern Investigations  — installed a bug in the firm’s offices.

Southern’s owners — murder suspect Jonathan Rees and retired police sergeant Sid Fillery — had no idea they were under surveillance.

PRIVATE EYE Jonathan Rees (left) should have been a prime suspect in the murder of his partner Daniel Morgan in 1987 — the two men were love rivals and were arguing about a botched security operation arranged by Rees. But Scotland Yard detective sergeant Sid Fillery (right) kept that crucial information from the murder squad for four days. For the events leading up to the murder, the early contaminated murder inquiry, the sensational inquest which…

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Exclusive: How the equality watchdog sacked a disabled army veteran and IRA bomb survivor by email

Just about says it all, I remember the days when this organisation and many like it believed that their organisations had something to contribute to the changing of society. Now they reflect the corporate society in which we live, people are disposable to reach some hidden target set by the corporate management of organisations.

David Hencke

rebeccahilsenrath Rebecca Hilsenrath: chief executive of the Equality and Human Rights Commission and leading the programme of staff cuts Pic credit: Douglas-Scott co.uK

donald-trump Donald Trump : You’re fired. Credit Giphy


Late last year this blog featured the case of  57 year old Markus Caruana,  who works in corporate communications at the Birmingham office of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.To recap

He is a former flute player in the Corps of Drums with the Grenadier Guards.

Markus Caruana was unfortunate enough to have been both at the Guildford pub bombings in 1974 and the Chelsea Barracks bombing in 1981 which seriously injured regimental bandsmen from the Irish Guards.

He escaped unscathed in both instances but saw three of his friends killed in an IRA attack in Crossmaglen in Northern Ireland.

He left the army in 1985 to become a landscape gardener and then took advantage of a Unison…

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Looking for a Place Called Home – Report of Shirley Oaks Survivors

This article proves that child abuse was on a industrial scale, remember this is one project in one borough in England. When the Prime-minster when Home Secretary stated CLAIMS of child sex abuse at institutions that should be ‘places of safety’ are only the ‘tip of … Writing in the Daily Telegraph, Mrs May said: “We already know the trail will lead into our schools and hospitals, our churches, our youth clubs and many other institutions that should have been places of safety but instead became the setting for the most appalling abuse. “However, what the country doesn’t yet appreciate is the true scale of that abuse”. Do we need to say more!

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This blog is based on a Report by Shirley Oaks Survivors Association [13]. Although this report ‘Looking for a Place Called Home’ is not yet publically available, there are some details of testimonies and abusers on their website, which is worth a visit. [13]

Looking for a Place Called Home

For many at Shirley Oaks a home was all they had ever wanted.

In just 2 years survivors of child abuse from Shirley Oaks have formed a group 700 strong, and researched, written and released a hard hitting 130 page interim report. The report authoritatively tells for the first time, the truth about what happened in and around Shirley Oaks 1950 to 1983.

The group, Shirley Oaks Survivors Association (SOSA) are a shining example of what can be achieved and what adversity can be overcome when people join together. If survivors in other areas could copy them…

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Palmer, Couzens, Edwards, Fitzgerald 1971 May 24 Court of Appeal

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The appeals against sentence were successful and the sentences reduced.

This appeal is relevant t0 2017 Jan 30 Sceptic Peg Blog The Brixton Brothel Paedophile Gang 1969 [1]


Some court reports have had victims names redacted and some assault details redacted.

This is a difficult balance –  normally I would think that  I should not “censor” details but on consultation with various people I have taken the decision to redact. This is mainly to protect victims, their friends and relatives from unnecessary detail and to stop the gratification of those who seek salacious details.

In addition to the obvious “victims redaction” to protect victims details, there may also be “assault redaction” across most of the spectrum of abuse. The assaults are left in the charges, but mainly redacted when repeated with reference to the individual. I have also redacted unnecessary detail of assaults.

Redaction may obscure sometimes the legal…

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Standards at the tax office: A damning indictment from professional people who should know

David Hencke

hmrc HMRC offices. pic credit: gov.uk


This blog has covered serious complaints about the way Her Majesty’s Customs and  Excise is being managed – the latest being the revelations from the National Audit Office on plans to make 38,000 staff commute for hours to 13 new regional offices and close 170 existing ones.

Some of the strongest complaints have come from the staff and the main union, the Public and Commercial Services Union, which has been highly critical of government cuts. People might say, well, unions would complain, as they have duty to save jobs and how much notice should we take of this.

So it is extremely interesting  that the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, which represents some 147,000 professional people, has produced such a damning survey on what they think about HMRC’s services.

Far from having confidence in the government’s latest tax strategies…

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How about a week without American culture?

We are the 51st state only politicians & BBC on this side of the water still think Parliament is the centre of the world.

Desiring Progress

The worst fears of many about a Trump presidency are coming to fruition, especially with the implementation of the federal orders banning entry to anyone from born in one of seven Muslim countries (though not the worst, like Saudi Arabia or some of the Gulf states, with strong business links), or who holds dual nationality. Not to mention the ongoing plans for the Mexican Wall. And Britain’s excuse for a Prime Minister has offered Trump a full state visit, before tootling off to sign a lucrative arms deal with another dictator, President Erdoğan of Turkey. And I think to myself, what a wonderful world…..

But getting angry may not achieve anything, least of all convince the millions of Americans who strongly support Trump’s actions, and previously have shown ferocious support for capital punishment, horrendous rates of incarceration of those convicted of petty offences, an insane gun culture which causes annually over…

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