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LGA calls for powers to withhold members’ address


Council leaders have repeated their call for legislation enabling councils to withhold councillors' home addresses amid fears of abuse and intimidation.

Council criticised after teacher harassed for Muhammad cartoon


Kirklees Council demonstrated a ‘lack of consideration’ towards a teacher who faced harassment for showing a cartoon of the prophet Muhammad, advisor says.

Council apologises for failing to recognise abuse


The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has apologised after failing to properly identify the abuse suffered by a homeless man.

Nine in 10 women cycling in London face abuse


A new report has highlighted the extent and toxicity of abuse experienced by women cycling in London.

LGA calls for powers to withhold councillors' address


Monitoring officers should be allowed to withhold councillors’ home addresses from public registers to help tackle rising levels of abuse and hate, Smith Square has said.

‘Toxic’ environment at council waste service


A report describing a ‘toxic’ working environment at Brighton and Hove City Council’s waste service includes accounts of staff bringing weapons to the depot.

Council suspends social media comments to stop ‘abuse’ after facility closures


North Lanarkshire Council has suspended Twitter users’ ability to comment on its posts and said people’s anger over a decision to close 39 facilities ‘does not entitle them to post abuse’.

Scandal-hit firm reports losses


A firm at the centre of a residential care abuse scandal has reported operating losses of £5.8m for the year to June 2022.

Disadvantaged women in North East dying early


Disadvantaged women in the North East are dying prematurely as public services are failing to meet their needs, according to a new report.

Campaigners call for more ‘sex for rent’ protections


Generation Rent has called for the Government to do more to protect financially vulnerable renters from being forced into ‘sex for rent’ arrangements.

Council stops publishing planning application comments


Leeds City Council has stopped publishing public comments on planning applications due to the amount of ‘vociferous comments’ they receive and GDPR concerns.

Abuse victims ‘exposed to risk’ due to funding issues


Funding to tackle violence against women and girls in London is fragmented, complex and difficult to understand, according to a new report.

Court clarifies council obligations under Human Rights Act


There is no requirement for children to be in the care of a local authority for the obligations under the Human Rights Act to arise, Court of Appeal rules.

Councils failing to support abused children, charity warns


Children and young people who have suffered sexual or domestic abuse risk missing out on the help they need due to lack of support from councils, NSPCC warns.

Abuse survivors take legal action against council


Former pupils who were sexually and physically abused at a school in Liverpool have begun legal action against the city council that ran it.

Council deletes contacts due to Nicola Bulley disappearance ‘abuse’


Wyre Council has been forced to remove the contact details of councillors due to ‘inappropriate’ emails in the wake of Nicola Bulley disappearance.

Council criticised for failing to support woman fleeing violence


West Berkshire Council did not do enough to support a woman and her children who were fleeing threats of violence, the Ombudsman has ruled.

Domestic abuse fund gets £18m boost


Up to £18m per year over two years is set to go towards the next phase of the Domestic Abuse Perpetrator Intervention Fund, the Home Office has announced.

Council staff face abuse over traffic filters


Councils in Oxfordshire have been forced to clarify how Oxford’s new traffic filters will work after misinformation led to abuse of staff and councillors.

Toolkit to combat abuse of councillors launched


A new toolkit to help combat abuse of councillors was launched yesterday by the Local Government Association (LGA).

Sexual assault conviction prompts investigation


An independent investigation has been launched by East Devon District Council after a former councillor was convicted of sexually assaulting two teenage boys.

Councils told to review children’s homes after ‘culture of abuse’ revealed


Councils have been urged to ensure children with disabilities living in children’s homes are safe after a new report finds a ‘culture of abuse’ in three homes.

Council ‘gatekeeping’ endangers abuse survivors


Bureaucratic obstacles across local authorities are preventing survivors of domestic abuse from accessing housing support, a new report has revealed.

Former looked-after child to appeal abuse case


Court of Appeal agrees to hear appeal in case brought by a former looked-after child (“AB”) against Birmingham City Council and Worcestershire County Council.

Councils receive £6m supported housing boost


Four local authorities have been given a £6m boost to help support vulnerable tenants living in supported housing.

Seven in 10 councillors face abuse, survey reveals


Council leaders are calling for a change in legislation to allow councillors to withhold their personal addresses as evidence of abuse and intimidation grows.

Children’s trust at Star Hobson council to ‘go live’ next year


A report to Bradford Council’s executive has confirmed that a children’s trust will ‘go live’ next year as part of the response to the murder of Star Hobson.

Commission set up after Bobbi-Anne McLeod murder publishes report


A commission set up by Plymouth City Council in the wake of the murder of Bobbi-Anne McLeod has published its first report.

Council criticised after homophobic abuse complaint


Coventry City Council has been criticised for not doing enough to help a man who was subject to homophobic abuse.

Council chiefs warn of ‘increasing number’ of threats against councillors


Council leaders have called for more action to be taken to ensure that councillors and candidates in local elections are not subjected to threats and abuse.

Mayor Khan launches campaign against epidemic of misogyny


The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has today launched a new campaign to tackle misogyny and violence against women and girls in the capital.

Shortcomings revealed in second child murder case


A second court case in a month has revealed serious shortcomings in how local agencies responded to allegations of abuse shortly before a child’s murder.

Ofsted to visit schools facing sexual abuse allegations


Ofsted has announced it will visit a sample of schools and colleges in England where sexual abuse claims have been made.

Burnham launches strategy to tackle gender-based abuse


Greater Manchester Combined Authority is consulting on proposals that support councils in seeking PSPOs that protect women and girls from abuse.

New £40m fund launched to support victims of abuse


The Government has launched a £40m fund to help victims of rape and domestic abuse during the pandemic.

Covid-19 recovery will ‘pile on pressure’ for families, report warns


A report released today reveals concerns about the impact the coronavirus crisis has had on vulnerable children and families.

Report highlights complex nature of safeguarding in residential schools


New research has revealed the unique challenges staff in residential schools face to protect children from sexual abuse.

Court finds woman has capacity to decide about contact with husband


The High Court today ruled that a woman with a relatively rare form of dementia has the capacity to make decisions for herself when it comes to her husband.

Care leaders must promote ‘awareness’ of good practice in sexual safety


Care leaders should promote a culture that keeps people in social care safe from sexual abuse and supports them in expressing their sexuality, regulator says.

Child sexual exploitation cases in Greater Manchester ‘reopened’


Victims of child sexual exploitation in Greater Manchester are having their cases newly investigated as a result of a review commissioned by the Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Forty people investigated over child abuse in Rotherham


Forty people have been arrested or interviewed over child sexual abuse in Rotherham in the past two months.

Government announces nearly £400,000 to tackle FGM


Communities secretary James Brokenshire has announced £375,000 of funding to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).

Lambeth survivors of abuse receive £7.7m compensation


More than 1,000 applications for compensation have been made during the first year of a council scheme which was set up to compensate victims of abuse.

One in four trafficked children reported missing from care


Nearly a quarter of trafficked children were reported as going missing from care in 2017, a new study has revealed.

Union calls for action to prevent violence against school support staff


The union for school support staff has called on councils and schools to sign a charter of demands to help prevent violence against support staff in schools.

Thousands of babies at risk due to children’s services cuts


There are nearly 16,000 babies growing up in households where they are at risk from harm, the commission that monitors the care of children has warned.

People who abuse election candidates could be banned from public office


People who abuse and intimidate those standing for election could be stripped of their right to hold public office under new government proposals.

Former council leader censured for ‘repeated’ sexual harassment


A former leader of Devon County Council has been censured for ‘sustained and repeated’ sexual harassment of female members of staff.

Telford leader calls for public inquiry into child sexual exploitation


Telford council has called for an independent inquiry into cases of child sexual exploitation after revelations that up to 1,000 girls may have been victims of grooming gangs.

Council apologises for historical child sex abuse


The leader of Nottinghamshire County Council has apologised to victims of historical child sex abuse, admitting the council failed to protect some children.

Council reaches settlement with victims of alleged paedophile


A council has agreed to pay eight victims of an alleged paedophile in an out-of-court settlement.

Counting the cost of foster care abuse


Ceri Sian Williams warns local authorities could face a significant increase in foster care abuse claims following a recent court ruling.

Directors call for more cash to tackle domestic abuse


Councils need more sustainable funding to invest in the prevention of the domestic abuse of children, say directors of children’s services.

Rochdale council apologises for child abuse scandal ‘failings’


Rochdale council has apologised for its ‘significant failings’ ahead of an investigation into child abuse at two institutions.

Council chiefs urge frontline staff to report cases of FGM


Doctors and NHS trusts have been urged to keep reporting cases of female genital mutilation after new figures showed a slight drop in number being recorded.

Jersey child abuse inquiry says children 'still at risk'


A long-running inquiry into child abuse within Jersey’s care system has blasted the British dependency as ‘an ineffectual and neglectful substitute parent’.

Report shows 200% increase in emotional abuse of children


More resources are needed to deal with a huge increase child abuse, council leaders have demanded.

Charity reports ‘staggering growth’ in domestic abuse


A children’s charity has reported a ‘staggering growth’ in the number of young victims exposed to domestic abuse.

Professionals urged to spot ‘soft’ signs of child abuse


Social workers and other people that work with children have been urged to spot the ‘soft’ signs that a child is being abused.

Councils warn £40m package to tackle child abuse ‘not enough’


Councils have warned a £40m package of Government measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, is not enough.

Charity finds steep rise in child-on-child sexual abuse


The number of children committing sexual offences against other children has risen by 78% in three years, new research has revealed.

Lambeth pays out ‘tens of millions’ in historical abuse compensation


Lambeth Council has publicly apologised and paid out tens of millions of pounds after a new report revealed the ‘abuse and poor care’ suffered by children in its homes.

British adults believe abuse in care homes is ‘common’


Over half of British adults believe that abuse and neglect in care homes for the elderly is common, new research reveals.

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