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Child abuse legal 'loophole' is closed

Post by Guest on 29.06.12 9:15

29 June 2012 Last updated at 02:37




Child abuse legal 'loophole' is closed


New legislation covering child abuse is set to come into force on Monday
A legal loophole which has allowed hundreds of child abusers to escape prosecution has been closed, Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke has said.
From Monday anyone who deliberately causes or allows serious physical harm to a child or vulnerable adult faces up to 10 years in prison.

Taking effect in England and Wales, it also enables prosecutions of people who stay silent or blame someone else.

The justice secretary said the move was a boost to child protection.

"All the people with an interest in protecting vulnerable people will agree that we have closed an obvious gap in the law and from now on if you fail to take steps to stop a child being killed you're equally responsible," he said.

The new offence, the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Act 2012, is due to come into force on Monday.

Guidance is being sent to prosecutors, judges and others on the new law.

The move follows a number of cases where prosecutions could not be brought because it was impossible to identify the individual responsible for the abuse.


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Adults can no longer inflict horrific injuries on children and get away with it by staying silent ”
End Quote Andrew Flanagan NSPCC
By way of example, the Ministry of Justice cited the cases of a five-month-old baby who suffered a brain haemorrhage and fractured skull, and a two-week-old with a broken collar bone, ribs and leg.

Nobody was charged in either case, however the injuries were not thought to be accidental.

The 2007 death of Baby Peter in north London, after months of abuse, was widely publicised.

The child had suffered more than 50 injuries despite being on the at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over an eight month period.

Two years later his mother, her boyfriend and a lodger were jailed for causing or allowing Peter's death.

But if a child was abused like Baby Peter and lived, there would have been no way to bring those who had caused the horrific injuries to justice.

"We want to do everything possible to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our society are kept safe in their homes, and those that abuse their power do not evade justice," said Mr Clarke.

Andrew Flanagan, chief executive of the NSPCC, said the change in the law was "a real victory for children and has the potential to bring many more child abusers to justice".

"Adults can no longer inflict horrific injuries on children and get away with it by staying silent or blaming each other," he said.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-18638734

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Post by PeterMac on 29.06.12 10:50

"if you fail to take steps to prevent a child from being killed ... "

They are not going to like the way that sounds !

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Post by Guest on 29.06.12 11:11

@PeterMac wrote:"if you fail to take steps to prevent a child from being killed ... "

They are not going to like the way that sounds !
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It's also one of the very first times that a child protection item was not honoured immediately with their comment and approval

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Post by PeterMac on 29.06.12 12:43

Châtelaine wrote:
@PeterMac wrote:"if you fail to take steps to prevent a child from being killed ... "

They are not going to like the way that sounds !
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It's also one of the very first times that a child protection item was not honoured immediately with their comment and approval

Clarrie is still working on it ! "I am just going out to think about this, and to work something out. I may be some time."

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Post by Guest on 29.06.12 12:58

@PeterMac wrote:
Châtelaine wrote:
@PeterMac wrote:"if you fail to take steps to prevent a child from being killed ... "

They are not going to like the way that sounds !
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It's also one of the very first times that a child protection item was not honoured immediately with their comment and approval

Clarrie is still working on it ! "I am just going out to think about this, and to work something out. I may be some time."
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He may come up with: " There's a totally innocent explanation why they did or didn't comment this time" ...

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Post by tigger on 29.06.12 13:16

...and anything the McCanns may or may not have done in the past or in the future has a perfectly innocent explanation.....

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Post by PeterMac on 29.06.12 13:33

From Monday anyone who deliberately causes or allows serious physical harm to a child or vulnerable adult faces up to 10 years in prison.
Taking effect in England and Wales, it also enables prosecutions of people who stay silent or blame someone else.

It should become known as "Madeleine's Law"

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Post by Guest on 29.06.12 13:48

This has followed on from the familiar homicide legislation - this is a link to a story about the first successful prosecution in Wales.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6181051.stm

Madeleine's Law would certainly be a good name for it.

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Post by bobbin on 29.06.12 21:13

Jean wrote:This has followed on from the familiar homicide legislation - this is a link to a story about the first successful prosecution in Wales.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/6181051.stm

Madeleine's Law would certainly be a good name for it.
From the above news report "Familial
homicide was introduced in the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 to
deal with parents who keep silent or blame each other for fatal injuries
involving children.”
I wonder if this applies to anyone else where an accident has been fatal.

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