House of Lords Select Committee on Communications
Growing up with the internet
2nd Report of Session 2016-17 – published 21 March 2017 – HL Paper 130
“Digital risks and responsibilities are as fundamental to children’s education today as reading and writing” and education on online behaviour “should be mandatory in all schools”
Ministry of Justice: Prisons and Courts Bill: New offence of sexual communication with a child introduced
The Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP – 19th March 2017
“On 3 April 2017 we are bringing into force section 67 of the Serious Crime Act 2015. It will be a criminal offence for anyone aged 18 or over to intentionally communicate with a child under 16, where the person acts for a sexual purpose and the communication is sexual or intended to elicit a sexual response. The offence applies to online and offline communication, including social media, e-mail, texts, letters, etc…. Adult groomers [face] up to two years in prison and being automatically placed on the sex offenders register”
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Sentencing Council for England and Wales: Sentencing children and young people: Definitive guideline
Definitive sentencing guideline for use in courts in England and Wales on sentencing children and young people. Published 7th March 2017 and coming into force in courts in England and Wales on 1 June 2017.
These guidelines “look with far greater detail at the age, background and circumstances of each child or young person, while meeting the legal requirement to consider their welfare. The aim is to reach the most appropriate sentence that will best achieve the goal of preventing reoffending, which is the main function of the youth justice system”
“In addition, the guidelines reflect changes in offending that have occurred since the previous guidelines were produced. This includes for example, ensuring that sentencing takes into account the use of technology and social media in offending. Offences may be filmed or photographed on smartphones and circulated via social media, which can have a great effect on victims”.
Safeguarding unaccompanied asylum-seeking and refugee children
House of Commons: Home Affairs Select Committee – The work of the Immigration Directorates (Q1 2016) – 25th July 2016 https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201617/cmselect/cmhaff/151/15105.htm#_idTextAnchor026
Written statement to Parliament – Edward Timpson MP, Department for Education and Home Office – 1st November 2016. https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/safeguarding-unaccompanied-asylum-seeking-and-refugee-children
Amnesty International Press Release: Giant paper chain and petition calling on UK Government to stop separating refugee families – 30th March 2017. https://www.amnesty.org.uk/press-releases/giant-paper-chain-and-petition-calling-uk-government-stop-separating-refugee
Ministry of Justice: Youth Justice Statistics 2015/16 England and Wales
Youth Justice Board / Ministry of Justice Statistics bulletin. Published 26 January 2017
Ministry of Justice: Review of the Youth Justice System in England and Wales
By Charlie Taylor. Presented to Parliament by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice by Command of Her Majesty December 2016