New public consultation on total ban of online advertising for unhealthy foods

Child abuse: Australian police find 46 victims of ‘global network’

  • Australian police say they have rescued 46 children and arrested 14 men after an investigation into an international child abuse network
  • The victims were allegedly subjected to sexual abuse and other forms of exploitation
  • The investigation also led to three arrests in the US and identified suspects in Europe, Asia, Canada and New Zealand, authorities said
  • The case is believed to be one of the biggest of its kind in Australia
  • All victims were aged between 16 months and 15 years old, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said. Sixteen of the victims had attended one childcare centre
  • The 14 men faced a total of 828 child exploitation charges, as well as bestiality charges involving four animals
  • Authorities said the network had produced and shared images and video online

Child Safeguarding scheme receives backing of Home Secretary


        Children in care ‘failed’ while some providers ‘make millions’

        • The most vulnerable children are being “failed by the state” and a broken residential care system, the Children’s Commissioner for England has said
        • Greater use of private provision has led to a fragmented, unco-ordinated and irrational system amid “significant profits”, said Anne Longfield
        • The government said an independent review of children’s social care would begin “as soon as possible”
        • Anne Longfield said the government has failed to respond to previous warnings that thousands of these children are in danger of becoming victims of criminal and sexual exploitation.
        • A report described how one 17-year-old said her accommodation was filthy and smelly, with just one working shower, covered in mould, being shared between 14 children and young adults.
        • “Elsewhere children have told us they have not even been provided with the means to eat or sleep – things like duvet covers, plates or cutlery,” the same report said.