Arthur Labinjo-Hughes – A life cut short by cruelty

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  • A father and his partner have been found guilty of the killing of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.
  • Arthur was tortured by Thomas Hughes and Emma Tustin, eventually dying of a head injury in Solihull in June 2020 while in the care of his stepmother.
  • Arthur was subjected to abuse, neglect, starvation, coercive control, and severe punishment regimes.
  • Serious questions are being asked of the authorities which could have intervened to save Arthur.
  • A review by social services is currently under way and the Independent Office for Police Conduct is also examining whether opportunities were missed by police.
  • Watch our CEO Jim Gamble, discussing the case, here.
  • Full story, here.


Social media a ‘conveyor belt’ for child abuse images

  • NSPCC reveals that more than 100,000 images has been recorded by the police in the last five years for the UK.
  • The charity claims that “social media is being used as a conveyor belt to produce and share child abuse images on an industrial scale”.
  • NSPCC urges Culture Secretary, Nadine Dorries, to strengthen the Online Safety Bill to disrupt offending.
  • NSPCC has drafted a 5-point plan for the Bill including more risk assessments to spot cross-platform activity, interrupt grooming, and stop abusers organising online.
  • Full story, here.


TikTok launches new transparency centre

  • TikTok has launched a new ‘Transparency Centre’ which will contain all future transparency reports.
  • All the reports will be easily accessible and can be cross-checked against reports from previous years to help identify trends.
  • This follows the release of TikTok’s ‘Content Removal Requests Report’.
  • This details actions taken against content due to violations of community guidelines or legal requests.
  • Full story, here.


Increase in crimes involving indecent images of children recorded in North Wales

  • Freedom of Information Requests to Welsh Police show a 60% increase in offences relating to possessing, taking, making, and distributing child abuse material in North Wales.
  • The total number of offences across Wales last year peaked at 1,541, showing a 43% increase.
  • The NSPCC Cymru adds that the issue of young people being groomed into sharing images of their own abuse has become pervasive.
  • The pandemic offered “the perfect storm” for grooming and abuse online, with offence rates increasing by 18% across the UK.
  • Full story, here.

Staff absences having ‘massive impact’ on pupils in England

  • Head teachers in England report that teacher absences are the biggest barrier to recovering the learning lost during the pandemic.
  • More than half of senior teachers reported having insufficient staff due to absences caused by COVID-19 and other illnesses.
  • Three quarters claimed that pupils were “behind” compared to previous years.
  • This follows a report showing that children in Year 1 and Year 2 remain two to three months behind in reading ability, compared with pre-pandemic cohorts.
  • Full story, here.