Sunday, 30 September 2012

Rochdale abuse: Social services 'missed opportunities'

Social services and police "missed opportunities" to stop the sexual abuse of young girls in Rochdale, a report into a grooming scandal has revealed.

"Deficiencies" and "patchy" training of front line staff were behind the failings, the Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Children Board said in its review of child sexual exploitation.

Lawyers say the findings could support "legal action against social services".

Mr Danczuk, [Labour MP for Rochdale] who described the report as "limited", said it did not "give a voice to the victims [or] explain why social services had a culture of blaming the victims for the abuse".

My comment: A truly harrowing case but we all know it's not the first time the public sector have let people who complain down (a few examples  [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] )  and it won't be the last.

Read the full story from the source BBC News

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50 MET Police officers suspended for corruption

Nearly 50 Metropolitan Police officers have been suspended for corruption in three years, figures show.

Of the 258 officers suspended for offences also including sexual assault, neglect and assault, 38% of cases were proven and 11% of officers were sacked.

The officers were paid about £3.6m during their suspensions.

Shamik Dutta, a lawyer who handles complaints against police officers, said: "The figures are shocking.

My comment: Truly shocking figure indeed.

Read the full story and a breakdown of offences from the source BBC News

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Council refuses to discuss case of officer in drink-drive shame

DERBY City Council has refused to reveal whether it has sacked an officer found guilty of drink-drinking.

Ray Gibson's defence barrister told magistrates his client stood to lose his job as a community safety officer after being caught over the limit by police.

But when asked by the Derby Telegraph whether 62-year-old Gibson, of Spindletree Drive, Oakwood, had lost his job, the city council refused to answer.

My comment: It would be rather bizarre for a council to employ a community safety officer who has been found guilty of driving whilst under the influence. Not exactly a safe thing to do.

Read the full story from the source This is Derbyshire

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Friday, 14 September 2012

Bristol City Council manager stole £117,000

A council manager in charge of allocating money to improve disabled people’s homes stole more than £117,000 - to carry out DIY on his own house.

Stephen Parry, 57, was caught out using council funds when colleagues spotted that he was buying gardening equipment from B&Q for homes that didn’t have gardens.

Parry was jailed for 20 months at Bristol Crown Court for stealing a total of £117,000 from Bristol City Council to do up his £300,000 home in Wells, Somerset.

My comment: Was caught when colleagues spotted something amiss, where was the scrutiny from senior management and accounts?

Read the full story from the source Mail On-Line

Two female police officers sacked

Two female police officers have been sacked after a colleague recorded them having a conversation in which one likened black people to gorillas and monkeys. 

Special Constable Rosanna Garofalo and WPC Joanna Sugda were in the changing room at Islington Police Station in March when a colleague left an iPhone on record in her locker at work. 

According to the Metropolitan Police there have been 96 claims of racism by officers which have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) between April 1 and June 1 this year.

My comment: I agree with Commander Allan Gibson, of the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards, who said: 'There is no place for racist officers in the Met.'

Read the full story from the source Mail On-LIne

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Scotland Yard detective faces jail

Police officer pleads guilty to faking information in rape cases.

A former Scotland Yard detective faces jail after he admitted failing properly to investigate more than a dozen rape cases.

Ryan Coleman-Farrow, who worked in the Sapphire sex crimes unit, falsified paperwork, failed to submit forensic evidence and falsely told some alleged victims their cases had been dropped.
Yesterday, at Southwark Crown Court, he pleaded guilty to 13 charges of misconduct in a public office between January 2007 and September 2010.

My comment: I can't understand how he was allowed to get away with it for so long. Don't they have senior officers who are supposed to oversee what they do?

Read the full story from the source The Telegraph

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