Make Runaways Safe.

Wednesday 5th March 2014.

Another update and reminder. Your and everyone’s help is required.

Help The Children’s Society build a safety net for children who run away from home.

http://makerunawayssafe.org.uk/

Interactive map allows you to find the state of runaways support in your local area

Use our map to learn of local support and ask your council to support young runaway

New charter to protect runaways, missing children from harm and exploitation

The Runaways Charter is a clear code for agencies with a duty to protect children who run away or go missing from home and care.

Celebrities support young runaways

Several well-known actors, journalists and others support our Make Runaways Safe campaign.

What’s happening now…

Every five minutes a child in the UK runs away from home

Every child who has become a young runaway deserves to be protected through a national safety net of support.

Without help, these runaway teenagers are highly vulnerable and at risk of substance abuse, sexual exploitation and homelessness. They need to know that there are people who can help them and services that they can turn to.

Together, we can make teenage runaways safe. Take action today.

Find out more about life for child runaways in our campaign stories section.

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CEOP’s Awareness.

Saturday 7th December 2013.

http://ceop.police.uk/Media-Centre/Press-releases/2013/School-best-place-to-learn-about-sexual-exploitation/

School ‘best place’ to learn about sexual exploitation.

Nearly three quarters of secondary education teachers say school lessons are the most important way to teach children about sexual exploitation, according to a report being released later this month.

The figure has been revealed on the day the National Crime Agency’s (NCA) CEOP command launches a new educational film designed to teach young people how to spot the signs of an exploitative relationship.

The 18-minute film, which is entitled Exploited, and is aimed at secondary school pupils, tells the story of a teenager who becomes involved with a group that is sexually exploiting a 14-year-old girl. In contrast, the film also looks at a healthy relationship in terms of setting boundaries and mutual respect.

The film is launched on the same day that the charity, Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and Virtual College’s Safeguarding Children e-Academy, reveal figures from two YouGov surveys of 750 parents and 945 professionals made up of teachers (510), the police (209) and social workers (226).  The full report, “Are parents in the picture? Professional and parental perspectives of child sexual exploitation”, will be published on Tuesday 19 November.

The report will show that of the 510 secondary school teachers surveyed, 71 per cent said education in secondary school was the most important way of teaching young people about sexual exploitation.   More on Site………

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

1.If you would like more information about the NCA, please contact the press office on 020 7979 5835.

2. The Exploited film can be viewed here: www.youtube.com/ceop. Exploited comes on the back of CEOP’s threat assessment earlier this year which highlighted group exploitation as a key threat.

3. The Pace figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 945 professionals (teachers, social workers and police). Fieldwork was undertaken between 30/09/13 to 07/10/13.  The survey was carried out online.

4. Thinkuknow statistics:

Total number of views of TUK resources by children and young people:  15,111,280

Total number of TUK trainers: 28,306

Total number of ambassadors: 4,755

Total number of registrants: 102,674

5. For further information on the report “Are parents in the picture? Professional and parental perspectives of child sexual exploitation” to be published on Tuesday 19 November please go towww.paceuk.info/parents-picture.


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Madeleine McCann ‘update’

15 October 2013.

This story has been on going for 6 years and this new approach is giving the family newfound enthusiasm and encouragement.. It is a story always worthy of posting the news we receive.. Fingers crossed.. Will this mystery ever be solved.? hope so..

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Madeleine McCann: Timeline

Fresh analysis of the evidence in the case of missing Madeleine McCann has significantly changed the “accepted version of events”, British police have said.

A sighting of a man and a child by one of Gerry and Kate McCanns’ friends has been discounted, detectives say, and a separate, later sighting of a man carrying a blonde child has now become the focus of the investigation. Police also want to track down two charity collectors and a number of men seen “lurking suspiciously” near the McCanns’ apartment block.

Madeleine, of Rothley, Leicestershire, was three when she went missing from her family’s holiday apartment in the Algarve resort of Praia da Luz on 3 May 2007. Explore the timeline below to find out what happened that day.

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  • 15:30-17:30 Charity collectors seen in area

    × E-fits of charity collectors

    Scotland Yard says detectives are looking into possible links to burglaries and bogus charity collections in the area at the time. They have released two e-fit images of Portuguese men they would like to identify.

    There were four separate sightings of charity collectors on the afternoon of 3 May in Praia da Luz. One man approached a property on Rua do Ramalhete, near the Ocean Club, at about 16:00. Another collector called at another apartment on 25 or 26 April.

    Police say there was also a four-fold increase in the number of burglaries in the area between January and May 2007 and one possible scenario was that Madeleine had disturbed a burglar.

  • 20:30 McCanns go for dinner

    × Gerry and Kate McCann

    The McCanns were on holiday with a group of friends who met for dinner each evening at a Tapas bar on the Ocean Club complex where they were staying.

    On the day Madeleine went missing, Mr and Mrs McCann left their apartment at 20:30 and headed to the restaurant. Throughout the evening, adults from the group would leave at regular intervals to check on their children. A member of the group – Matthew Oldfield – left at 21:00, shortly followed by Gerry McCann.

  • 21:05 Gerry checks on children

    × Gerry McCann

    Mr McCann left the retaurant to check on his children at about 21:05. When he reached the apartment, he noticed the bedroom door was open wider than it had been left. On his return to the restaurant, he stopped to chat to a guest.

    Matthew Oldfield also checked on the McCanns’ apartment at about 21:30. Hearing no noise from the children’s bedroom, he assumed all was well and left without seeing Madeleine.

  • 21:15 McCanns’ friend sees man and child

    × Images of a man now discounted from the inquiry

    Having left the table to check on her own children, another member of the group, Jane Tanner, saw a man carrying a child close to the McCanns’ apartment. This sighting, which had previously been the focus of the investigation, has now been discounted by police. Detectives said the man was almost certainly an innocent British holiday-maker collecting his two-year-old daughter from a nearby creche.

  • 22:00 Irish family sees man and child

    × E-fit of a man seen heading towards the sea with a child

    An Irish family returning from a night out saw a man carrying a blonde-haired child, aged about three or four, possibly wearing pyjamas. He was walking down a street towards the beach at about 22:00. The beach is a few minutes’ walk from the McCanns’ apartment.

    Two of the witnesses have helped produce an e-fit of the man they saw. They described him as white, aged in his 30s, of medium build and medium height, with short brown hair.

  • 22:00 Kate raises alarm

    × Madeleine McCann

    After friend Matthew Oldfield had checked on the McCanns’ children half an hour previously, Kate McCann returned to the apartment at 22:00. It was then that she noticed the children’s bedroom window was open, the shutter raised and Madeleine gone.

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Why oh Bloody Why!

4 October 2013 Friday

Once again in a modern and so called civilised country that has all the support and social workers, children support and numerous other bodies,  we find that another slips through the network of so called child protection resulting in a death, an unnecessary death of an innocent child. Why Oh Bloody Why?

Amanda Hutton jailed 15 years for Hamzah Khan killing.

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The judge said Amanda Hutton had displayed “wicked conduct”

A mother who allowed her four-year-old son to starve to death and left his decomposing body in a cot for nearly two years has been jailed for 15 years.

Alcoholic mother-of-eight Amanda Hutton was convicted of the manslaughter of Hamzah Khan, who died in December 2009 due to severe malnutrition.

His mummified remains were found in squalid conditions at their Bradford family home 21 months later.

The judge said Hutton posed a “real danger” to children.

‘Wicked conduct’

Roger Thomas, the Recorder of Bradford, said she had shown a “terrible failure to fulfil the most basic responsibility; in short you starved Hamzah to death”.

On keeping Hamzah’s death a secret, the judge said Hutton was “worried that people would find out you killed him”.

He told her: “Your deviousness was to keep various agencies away from you and your children.

“Your wicked conduct has been displayed in such awful detail.”

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The kitchen in Amanda Hutton's house, with rubbish on the floor and several drink bottles
The kitchen in Amanda Hutton’s house had rubbish all over the floor and drink bottles on the surfaces
Rubbish on the floor of a bedroom at Amanda Hutton's house
There was rubbish on the bedroom floors when police found Hamzah’s body
The rubbish-strewn living room in Amanda Hutton's house
Police also found Amanda Hutton’s living room strewn with rubbish

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Hutton had previously admitted the neglect of Hamzah’s five siblings, who also lived at the house and were aged between five and 13 in 2011, and preventing the burial of Hamzah’s body.

The boy’s body was found after an inexperienced police community support officer became concerned about children at the house while she was investigating reports of soiled nappies being thrown into a neighbour’s garden.

Knife threat

Officers who later found Hamzah were also faced with an overwhelming smell coming from ankle-deep rubbish in the house, including vodka bottles and rotting food.

Hutton’s eldest son, Tariq Khan, 24, also admitted preventing Hamzah’s burial and received a two-year jail sentence, suspended for two years.

The judge heard earlier that Hutton had told Khan not to tell anyone about Hamzah’s death or she would kill his siblings.

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Tariq Khan claimed his mother had threatened to kill his siblings if he alerted police

Khan told probation officers how his mother held a knife to the throat of one of the children two days after Hamzah’s death, the court heard.

He also said his mother threatened to burn down the house.

The judge was also told that one of Hutton’s neighbours alerted social services to her concerns about the family in March 2011, but her actions did not result in Hamzah’s body being found.

Paul Greaney QC, prosecuting, said the woman had observed children crying and not being comforted, threatening voices towards the children, blinds never being open and children not playing outside.

Mr Greaney told the judge the history of what happened after those concerns were raised was “complex”, but social services, education services and the police “were all involved to a greater or lesser extent”.

He said a serious case review into Hamzah’s death and the involvement of the relevant agencies with the family was under way.

The prosecutor said whatever was or was not done by those agencies “should not detract from the shocking and disgraceful conduct of Amanda Hutton involving six of her children”.

“She killed Hamzah, no-one else,” he said.

Hutton showed no emotion as she was led from the dock.

Friend of the family Maria Hodgson, who was at Bradford Crown Court for the sentencing, said what had happened was “so sad”.

“It’s so bad that this has happened to her and the whole family, really.

“I saw a lot of love from her to her children. Something must have happened to her.”

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More Sin in Celebrtiy World.

Thursday 29th August 2013

30 May 2013 Last updated at 17:15

A few months ago England was again darkened with this news.

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April Jones trial: Mark Bridger guilty of murder

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-22687971

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How many more of these so called celebrities going to pop out of the woodwork and be shown that they are not so nice a person as the public believe them to be. England has recently jailed Stuart Hall, and others been arrested and released, the question is how deep does this go?

Rolf Harris charged with indecent assault on girls.

Rolf HarrisRolf Harris has been a fixture on British TV screens for more than 40 years

TV presenter Rolf Harris has been charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of children, police have said.

Mr Harris was first arrested in March by officers investigating historical allegations of child sexual abuse.

Six offences relate to the indecent assault of a girl aged 15-16 between 1980 and 1981 and three relate to a girl aged 14 in 1986.

The indecent images of children were alleged to have been made last year.

Mr Harris, 83, of Bray, Berkshire, will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 23 September. Mr Harris’ lawyers have not publicly responded to the charges.

Operation Yewtree

Alison Saunders, chief Crown prosecutor for London, said: “Having completed our review, we have concluded that there is sufficient evidence and it is in the public interest for Mr Harris to be charged with nine counts of indecent assault and four of making indecent images of a child.

“The alleged indecent assaults date from 1980 to 1986 and relate to two complainants aged 14 and 15 at the time of the alleged offending.”

Mr Harris was arrested as part of Operation Yewtree, which was set up in the wake of allegations against the former BBC Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

Operation Yewtree has three strands – one is looking specifically at the actions of Savile, while the second strand concerns allegations against “Savile and others”.

Mr Harris was arrested as part of the third strand, which relates to alleged complaints against other people unconnected to the Savile investigation – who the police term “others”.

Mr Harris has been a fixture on British TV screens for more than 40 years, having arrived in the UK from his native Australia in 1952.

He has been honoured in the UK three times, first as a Member of the British Empire in 1968 (MBE), then an OBE in 1977 and in 2006 he was advanced to a CBE.

In June 2012 he was awarded one of Australia’s highest honours when he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s birthday list.

Info from – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23880768

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CEOP update,,

Tuesday 02 July 2013

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New trends in child sexual abuse offending reported by CEOP

New trends in child sexual abuse offending and the growing availability of the internet in the developing world are likely to exacerbate the threat to children, the latest findings from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre warn.

In its annual Threat Assessment of Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (TACSEA), the use of the ‘hidden internet’ and the live streaming of abuse are identified as new ways that offender’s are sexually abusing children.

The TACSEA, which sets out where CEOP will focus its activity in the coming year, as the organisation moves into the National Crime Agency (NCA) in October 2013, outlines four key threats:

  • the proliferation of indecent images of children,
  • online sexual exploitation,
  • transnational child sexual abuse; and
  • contact child sexual abuse.

Other key findings show that approximately 190,000 UK children (1 in 58) will suffer contact sexual abuse by a non-related adult before turning 18, with approximately 10,000 new child victims of contact sexual abuse being reported in the UK each year.

A number of different offender types are also identified, including those who target teenagers and young people on their basis of their vulnerability, those who have a long standing sexual interest in children and those that embed themselves in foreign countries for the purpose of child sexual abuse.

CEOP Chief Executive Peter Davies said:

“It’s part of CEOP’s job to inform the public and our partners about how our understanding of the risk to children from sexual exploitation and abuse is developing.  Every year we refresh our assessment and build our operational plans around it.  This year, of course, our assessment will also feed into the wider efforts of the National Crime Agency, whose mission is to protect the public and cut crime.

“Events of the last year show that interest in protecting children, both online and offline, has never been greater and we hope that sharing what we know with as many other people as possible will help make children safer.

“Child protection isn’t the preserve of specialists; it’s the duty of every individual and of society in general.  Only by building a shared understanding of the risks will we be able, collectively, to work effectively to eliminate them.

“Our assessment shows that, sadly, there are still too many children at risk and too many people who would cause them serious harm.  We should all practice zero tolerance to child sexual exploitation and abuse.  While the assessment may not make comfortable reading, that isn’t its purpose; it’s an objective assessment of the issues as we see them but as a result it is also, undoubtedly, a call to action.

“Within the National Crime Agency, the CEOP Command will play a pivotal role in sharing its expertise, specialist resources and knowledge to ensure that children are even safer in the future – not just here in the UK, but also abroad”.

For more information on the work of CEOP, visit www.ceop.police.uk and to access CEOP’s Thinkuknow educational site, visit www.thinkuknow.co.uk.

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The full TACSEA report is available here.

NOTES TO EDITORS:

1. Key findings from each key threat include:

Proliferation of indecent images of children 

  • In 2012, CEOP received 8,000 reports of indecent images of children being shared, featuring 70,000 still images and videos - a two-fold increase on previous years
  • Live streaming of child abuse footage is emerging as a growing method of abusers sharing indecent images and videos.
  • There are growing concerns over the use of the hidden internet; UK daily users connecting to secret or encrypted networks increased by two thirds, one of the largest annual increases globally. CEOP expects 20,000 daily UK users by the end of this year (although not all of these will use the hidden internet for criminal means)
  • There has been a 70% increase in the number of female victims under 10 years old
  • 125% increase in the number of level 4 images (Sentencing Council classification)

Online child sexual exploitation

  • Offenders are now investing a smaller amount of time focusing on larger numbers of victims, sometimes in their hundreds (with victims located all around the world)
  • Figures from the past year showed that CEOP received 1,145 reports of online child sexual exploitation.
  • In 69% of cases, the adult failed to sexually abuse a child and the aim of physically meeting a child in order to commit contact sexual abuse was only present in 6.8 per cent of cases.

Transnational child sexual abuse

  • Reports show that the majority of UK offenders who sexually abuse children abroad were not Registered Sex Offenders (RSO’s)
  • TCSO behaviour appears to relate less to specific countries, but more  to do with risk factors found in a number of countries
  • There has been an increase in the number of reports of embedded transnational child sexual abuse in Bangladesh
  • There are fears of an increased threat of child sexual abuse in Brazil as more visitors head there over the coming years for the World Cup and Olympic Games.

Contact child sexual abuse 

  • Figures from 25 police forces revealed 2,120 lone perpetrators and 31 forces reported 65 group or gang related offences.
  • A number of offenders have been identified as targeting teenagers and young adults on the basis of their vulnerability rather than due to a specific sexual interest in children (type 1). A second group of offenders (type 2) have a long standing sexual interest in children and may be part of what has previously been described as a ‘paedophile ring.’
  • Figures from police forces show that the majority of type one offenders were categorised as Asian, and 97 per cent of type one offences involved white victims. The TACSEA highlights that the freedom white British children enjoy could make them more vulnerable to abuse.
  • Lone offending was the most prevalent offence type

2. Child abuse images, not ‘child pornography’

Use of the phrase ‘child pornography’ actually benefits child sexual abusers:

  • it indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser
  • it conjures up images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse
  • every photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused. This is not pornography.

3. Child abuse image classification

The Sentencing Advisory Guidelines classify child abuse images into five different levels:

  • Level 1:  Images depicting erotic posing with no sexual activity
  • Level 2:  Non-penetrative sexual activity between children, or solo masturbation by a child
  • Level 3:  Non-penetrative sexual activity between adults and children
  • Level 4:  Penetrative sexual activity involving a child or children, or both children and adults
  • Level 5:  Sadism or penetration of, or by, an animal

4. The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) Centre

CEOP works in both online and offline environments to protect children from sexual exploitation. Full information on all areas of work, as well as online safety messages and access to online reporting, can be found atwww.ceop.police.uk

5.  National Crime Agency, CEOP Command

CEOP will retain its operational independence within the context of the NCA; have clear, delegated authority for its budget; continue to include external partners in its governance; retain its well-known brand; retain its mixed economy of staff, from a variety of disciplines and continue its innovative partnerships with the public, private and third sector and have the ability to raise and hold funds from donors. 

Further Information

CEOP press office – 0870 000 3434

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Wonderful Story

Friday 14th June 2013

The Missing Blog.

We are Family.

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This is my story of both a personal and professional journey…
In 2010 I took my first walk up the stairs at Missing People. Awaiting me was around 20 staff and volunteers who had gathered to hear me talk about the runaways project I was coordinating at the time. Lucy was in the audience; she had brought in her coffee which she was drinking from a tall blue spotty cup – a habit she maintains to this day and which always makes me smile when we go in to meetings together. Only a year later, I was sat in the same room telling my – now – manager how passionately I believed that I could bring about positive developments in the way the charity works with its partners. Right before that interview, while nervously waiting in reception, a nice man called Richard had come to check that someone had made me a cuppa (they had). Richard still offers me tea every day.

It hadn’t occurred to me until I started working at Missing People that I’d had my own personal experience of ‘missing’. Twelve years previously on a cold November evening, my granddad, while in hospital and suffering with dementia, had wandered off in the evening wearing only his pyjamas. He was headed back to the home he had shared with my grandma. He made it to within half a mile before, at 11pm, he was spotted by a local person who worked at the hospital and happened to know him. He kindly took my granddad back to his ward. A short while later he was safe and warm back in his bed. It never fails to focus my mind when I think how things could have been different; a prospect I’ve talked through with several of my police colleagues when asking them to make links between their own loved ones and their interactions with families during a missing person investigation.

Two years on, and my loved ones still feature regularly in my presentations to practitioners. There’s the story about when my mum met me at London Victoria station for a day out in the big smoke; she’s always interested to hear about the nature of my work and, ten minutes in, she asked ‘what would have happened if you hadn’t shown up today and I’d contacted the police?’. There’s also the time my sister called me from a shopping centre on a Saturday afternoon and said ‘I’ve lost Doug’. Doug was sat in the sunshine about a mile away, out of phone signal and blissfully unaware of his panicked girlfriend whom he thought would be shopping for at least half the day. Six hours later, after the tears of relief and a tense drive home from town she called me and in a chillingly quiet voice said “that’s how it starts isn’t it?”

My mission is to help practitioners understand our services through my own and other people’s stories. It is my privilege to be doing that for a charity so well grounded in its values. As a Services Manager with particular responsibility for partnerships, my role is varied. I hop between presentations to a hundred police and social workers to meetings with the UK Missing Persons Bureau and CEOP to plan our input at training events or consultations with government, local statutory services or other charities. I thrive upon building relationships between organisations that work in such different ways. It’s quite normal for police to have some misconceptions about the charity sector – the furrowed brows of dubious police officers filling a lecture theatre still puts my nerves to the test. A swig of Evian and two deep breaths later and the simplicity of it all takes over me. Ultimately, despite wildly different working practices there is always a common ground; a point on which we can relate. It’s my responsibility to illustrate that point and unite us under a common objective.

And then there’s the Missing People Cycle Challenge; 500 miles in five days. I’m not giving too much thought to the size of the challenge as an amateur cyclist, with an ill-equipped bike and limited experience of long distance cycling! It wouldn’t fit with my motto to shy away: “if it scares you, do it anyway”. I have never ridden ‘clipped in’. Moreover, less than six months ago I didn’t even know what that meant! For the benefit of any fellow amateurs, I will explain; it means you are attached by your feet to the bike’s pedals. It means if you don’t ‘clip out’ (‘unclip’? I’m also lacking the lingo…) quickly when you stop then you and your bike will topple sideways and something gets bruised or maybe even bleeds – ‘gulp’. I’m told that being clipped-in will increase efficiency and my ‘effort to output ratio’. This is all a bit technical for me; I really would just like to make it unscathed from Edinburgh to London (bigger ‘gulp’).

The most wonderful thing about the whole experience will be what it represents to me. By taking on a physical challenge I feel I am, symbolically, standing side by side with fellow humans who are facing their own challenge. Family is my lifeblood (both literally and metaphorically), so dedicating myself to a cause which supports family members when someone goes missing – whether they are missed or missing someone – feels like I have found my calling. And what’s more, when I cross that finish line I will have two families waiting for me; my loved ones and the Missing People family.

Written by Missing People Partnerships Manager Karen Robinson,

In advance of the Missing People Cycle Challenge2013

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