‘Cyberflashing’ to become a criminal offence
- Cyberflashing is becoming a criminal offence, with perpetrators facing up to 2 years in prison under plans to strengthen the upcoming Online Safety Bill.
- The change applies to anyone who sends a photo or video of genitals for their own sexual gratification or to cause alarm, humiliation, or distress.
- The offence will ensure that cyberflashing is treated as seriously as in-person flashing.
- You can read the full story on the GOV.UK website.
Children going missing amid chaos at Ukrainian border
- Children are going missing, and cases of human trafficking are being reported by aid groups and volunteers along Ukraine’s borders.
- Charities and rights groups working with refugees have seen cases of trafficking, missing children, extortion, and exploitation.
- Reports of children being sent alone by desperate parents to meet relatives or friends across the border are common.
- You can read the full story on The Guardian’s website.
North Yorkshire Police record ‘concerning’ number of child cruelty offences in pandemic
- Data shows that North Yorkshire Police logged 76 crimes of child cruelty in 2020-21 but the number of offences logged was 21% higher since records began.
- Figures show that most of the 238 child cruelty cases closed by North Yorkshire Police last year were never brought before the criminal courts.
- Nationally, offences have almost quadrupled since 2012-13, with forces recording more than 130,000 crimes in less than a decade.
- You can read the full story on the York Press website.
Sexual harassment in schools ‘becoming the norm’ for pupils
- The lead schools police officer for Wales reports that cases of sexual harassment among pupils have “become the norm”.
- This follows reports that half of secondary school pupils have experienced sexual harassment from fellow students.
- Deputy Chief Constable Claire Parmenter encouraged headteachers to report cases as schools were reluctant in case they were judged for “not coping” or “breeding the wrong culture”.
- You can read the full story on the BBC website.
Parents call for child abuse allegations to be re-investigated
- Parents are calling on Scottish Borders Council (SBC) to re-investigate allegations of child abuse following an independent inquiry.
- The SBC is being asked to re-investigate formal complaints made against members of staff following the conviction of a staff member for physically and emotionally abusing pupils with learning difficulties.
- The parents are urging SBC to give an assurance that action is being taken to protect children from potential abuse amid fears of a “whitewash”.
- You can read the full story on the Border Telegraph website.