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UK — Tackling child sexual exploitation

March 6, 2015 Comments off

Tackling child sexual exploitation
Source: Home Office

This report sets out how the government is tackling child sexual exploitation and responding to the failures that were identified by Professor Alexis Jay and Louise Casey in their recent reviews into child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.

The report includes a comprehensive and targeted set of actions for all parts of the system including healthcare, social care, education, law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

Combined, these will:

  • strengthen accountability and leadership in professions and local government
  • address the culture of inaction and denial that led to victims being dismissed and ignored
  • improve joint working and information sharing so that agencies intervene early
  • strengthen the protection of children who are at risk
  • reinforce law enforcement efforts to stop offenders
  • provide greater support for victims and survivors

UK — Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s annual report published

January 9, 2015 Comments off

Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s annual report published
Source: Home Office

Today the Surveillance Camera Commissioner’s first annual report was laid before Parliament.

The report sets out how the Commissioner:

+ Continues to promote the surveillance camera code of practice
+ Has launched an easy-to-use self-assessment tool for any organisation to demonstrate how they are meeting the principles in the code
+ Has continued work of his predecessor to simplify the CCTV standards framework in order to encourage the industry and operators of CCTV systems to meet minimum standards
+ Will be issuing guidance to users of domestic CCTV following his concerns about the growing number of complaints around the use of CCTV at people’s homes.

UK — Modern slavery strategy

December 4, 2014 Comments off

Modern slavery strategy
Source: Home Office

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Traffickers and slave drivers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

This strategy details the wide-ranging actions that we expect from government departments, agencies and partners in the UK and, importantly, internationally. Civil society organisations are equally important partners in delivering commitments across our response.

The scale of modern slavery in the UK is significant. Modern slavery crimes are being committed across the country and there have been year on year increases in the number of victims identified. Work by the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Bernard Silverman, has estimated that in 2013 there were between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK.

UK — Dangerous dogs: tough new law to help prevent attacks

November 17, 2014 Comments off

Dangerous dogs: tough new law to help prevent attacks
Source: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs; Home Office

Tough new legal powers to help prevent thousands of dog attacks every year will be given to police forces and local authorities from Monday 20 October.

For the first time, police and local authorities will be able to demand that owners take action to prevent a dog attack or risk fine of up to £20,000. If a complaint has been made about a dog to the council or police, its owners could be ordered to do any or all of the following:

  • Attend dog training classes
  • Muzzle the dog or require it to be on a lead in public
  • Require the dog to be microchipped and/or neutered
  • Repair fencing to prevent the dog leaving the property

Launched today, the Dealing with irresponsible dog ownership: practitioner’s manual will guide police forces and local authorities in the use of their new legal powers to prevent dog attacks.

UK — Reducing mobile phone theft and improving security

October 3, 2014 Comments off

Reducing mobile phone theft and improving security
Source: Home Office

The paper, drawing on results from the Crime Survey for England and Wales and mobile phone theft data in London between 1 August 2012 and 5 January 2014, sets out the most detailed evidence yet on how and when mobile phones were stolen, which types of phone were most likely to be stolen, and who is most at risk. It includes the first ever Mobile Phone Theft Ratio, based on the August 2012 to January 2014 data, which shows how likely the top makes of handsets were to be deliberately targeted.

The paper recognises the work of the police to tackle mobile phone theft, and also the steps taken by mobile phone operators and manufacturers to improve phone security and reduce mobile phone theft. The paper sets out the first analysis undertaken from the available data, and we look forward to conducting further analyses over time, which will provide clearer evidence of the impact that new mobile phone security features are having on levels of theft.

UK — New measures to tighten up the immigration system

July 31, 2014 Comments off

New measures to tighten up the immigration system
Source: Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Home Office

A new crackdown on immigration abuses was announced today by the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary as part of the government’s long-term economic plan to secure a better future for Britain.

From November, tougher rules will be imposed on universities and colleges who sponsor international students to study in the UK. Currently, educational institutions cannot enjoy highly trusted sponsor status if 20% or more of the individuals they have offered places to are refused visas. But that figure will be cut to 10% in November after a 3 month transitional period for colleges and universities to re-examine their admissions procedures before offering individuals places.

The Prime Minister also announced plans to halve the period over which European migrants can claim benefits. From November, European jobseekers will only be able to claim Jobseekers Allowance and other key welfare benefits for a maximum period of 3 months. This follows tough changes that were announced earlier this year to introduce a minimum 3 month delay to claiming benefits and to cut off benefits after 6 months unless the individual has very clear job prospects.

UK — Hate crime: Report finds significant progress in reducing hate crime

May 13, 2014 Comments off

Hate crime: Report finds significant progress in reducing hate crime
Source: Home Office

The Hate Crime Action Plan documents the government’s work to tackle hate crime.

A report on the progress made in the past 2 years has been published. Achievements include: better education of secondary school pupils, improved recording by police and work with major internet service providers in the UK and USA to reduce the harm caused by hate material on the internet. The report also discusses the spike in anti-Muslim sentiment following the murder of Lee Rigby.

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