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Should “emotional cruelty” be a crime?

Chris Mills / June 29, 2015 at 8:38 PM 1,187 views

The Government now seems to be seriously considering the arguments of Action for Children, and other parts of the children’s services establishment, for a new criminal offence relating to the emotional abuse and neglect of a child. Introducing an offence of “emotional…

Mandatory reporting – the need for caution

Chris Mills / June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 1,748 views

I remain deeply sceptical of the need for mandatory reporting of child abuse. I wasn’t persuaded by the arguments of broadcaster, Esther Rantzen [1], or former Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer [2], who have now joined the ranks of…

The wrong approach?

Chris Mills / June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 1,058 views

In the wake of the Daniel Pelka tragedy Coventry Council has announced that it is to appoint a retired high court judge to advise it on child protection. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-24487953 I do not know the judge in question, but clearly what went…

Keanu Williams – some reflections on the Serious Case Review

Chris Mills / June 29, 2015 at 8:37 PM 1,265 views

Coverage of the Keanu Williams Serious Case Review report has focused on the problems being experienced by the Birmingham Children’s Services Department. The BBC highlights the rapid changes in senior managers in the department, with the interesting, if possibly irrelevant,…

Ugh!! More from Ofsted

Chris Mills / June 29, 2015 at 8:35 PM 1,461 views

How depressing it is to read yet another glib document from Ofsted! I don’t know how many people will be fooled with this one, but it cuts no ice with me. I shall certainly be responding to the consultation and leaving them…

Attitudes to child sexual abuse

Chris Mills / June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,629 views

There was an interesting discussion this morning on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme. Baroness Butler Sloss, a former High Court Judge who used to head up the family courts, was interviewed about the implications of the Jimmy Savile sexual abuse case.…

Should more children be taken into care?

Chris Mills / June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,839 views

In this post I want to look at some more of the failings identified by Michael Gove. I had planned to tackle ‘Failing No 1’ next, because it seems to me that the issue of too many local authorities not…

Can we get rid of unnecessary guidance?

Chris Mills / June 29, 2015 at 8:32 PM 1,026 views

Liz Davies [writing in the Guardian] is both right and wrong in her analysis of the draft of the revised Working Together guidance. She is absolutely right to be concerned that specialist multi-agency child protection teams have been disbanded. She writes: Police and…