News roundup: March 2020

01 April 2020, Thirtyone:eight

Here are our top safeguarding stories from March 2020. To access or view the full articles click on the link embedded in the title:

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Investigation into safeguarding at non-conformist churches and religious settings postponed

Justin Humphreys, CEO at Thirtyone:eight, told Premier's News Hour that non-denominational churches have not had the same level of scrutiny as the Church of England or Catholic Church because of differences between their structures and organisations. He said that this is not a position that should be sustained and it is not one that we should expect to continue. 

Churches warned to keep safeguarding a priority even if not meeting

Justin spoke to Premier about the importance of churches making sure they are abiding by safeguarding policies even if the church is not physically meeting. He said that church leaders need to make sure their communication with under 18s and vulnerable people keeps within normal practices of appropriate contact. 

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Duchess Camilla Launches #EveryonesProblem Hashtag to Raise Awareness on Domestic Violence

The Duchess of Cornwell joined a number of charities to launch a digital campaign to raise awareness of domestic violence and coercive control. #EveryonesProblem is backed by the organizations Refuge and SafeLives, both of which Camilla has work with closely, and aims to widen the conversation around a subject that many still consider taboo. Duchess Camilla said: “This silence is corrosive; it leaves women, children and men carrying the burden of shame. It prevents them from speaking out about the abuse and it prevents them from getting help. And at its worst it can be fatal.”

'I was abused - now I want to give hope to others'

Rhys Dickinson lost his childhood to the terror of physical and sexual abuse. Now aged 23, he wants to show other young victims of crime what can be achieved in life, even after suffering "unimaginable" trauma. Mr Dickinson said: “I want to go around the country to speak to adults and children and show them what you can achieve in life, even when you've suffered unimaginable things. Abuse could have had a negative effect on my life, I could have spiralled out of control. But it has given me a drive to succeed and help others beyond anything else.”

Aston Villa and Leicester City settle sexual-abuse claims

Aston Villa and Leicester City paid damages to five victims of a football scout convicted of child sex abuse. Ted Langford was jailed in 2007 for the sexual abuse of four other young boys between 1976 and 1989. He died in 2012. Both clubs settled a civil case for compensation weeks before it was due to be heard in the High Court. They expressed their "deepest sympathies" to the survivors.

Church of England clarifies ‘due regard’ in safeguarding policy

Clerics should not be reticent about challenging the Church’s national policies in specific circumstances, including safeguarding, the Bishop of Manchester, Dr David Walker, has said. Dr Walker was responding to new guidance published by Church House clarifies the legal duty of churchpeople to have “due regard” to the House of Bishops’ national safeguarding policy.


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