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.
Protecting London’s women and girls
Cllr Jas Athwal says that as we mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, London’s boroughs are committed to doing everything they can to address the many causes of violence against women and girls.
Halting a rise in hatred
What can be done to deter incidents of abuse and harassment of local politicians, and to sanction those responsible? Ann McGauran reports.
A commitment to civil debate
Cllr Arooj Shah has been the target of recent threats and harassment. Leaders from all parties in Oldham have now come together to add their signature to a ‘politics, not personalities’ pledge, she explains.
Chiefs criticised over lack of leadership on abuse
Chief executives of Nottinghamshire CC and Nottingham City Council over several decades have been criticised after failing to prevent ‘widespread’ child sexual abuse.
Riordan calls for social media abuse clampdown
One of local government’s most active Twitter users has urged social media sites to act to eradicate abuse aimed at public figures.
Former council leader censured for ‘repeated’ sexual harassment
A former leader of Devon CC has been censured for ‘sustained and repeated’ sexual harassment of female members of staff.
Operation sanctuary: lessons to be learned
A serious case review into sexual exploitation in Newcastle has revealed a raft of learning for public bodies, national government and society. Sam Clayden speaks to the reports’ author and the agencies involved.
'A lot' of councils failing to look for widespread sexual exploitation
Local authorities are not looking hard enough – or simply not willing – to uncover widespread systematic sexual exploitation of children and vulnerable adults, the author of an independent report has warned.
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.