Friday 22 May 2015

Sex Crime Stats 2010/11

Crime statistics on sex offences
  • 17,727 sexual crimes against children under 16 were recorded in England and Wales in 2010/11.
  • 32% of all sexual crimes (54,982 sexual crimes in total) recorded in England and Wales in 2010/11 were sexual crimes against children under 16.
  • In 2010/11 the police in England and Wales recorded: 
  • 5,115 offences of rape of a female child under 16
  • 918 offences of rape of a male child under 16
  • 4,301 offences of sexual assault on a female child under 13
  • 1,125 offences of sexual assault on a male child under 13
  • 5,806 offences of sexual activity involving a child under 16
  • 152 offences of abuse of children through prostitution and pornography
  • 310 offences of sexual grooming.
  • In 2010/11 the police in England and Wales also recorded 146 offences of abuse of a position of trust involving a child under 18.
  • More than one third (38%) of all rapes recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2010/11 were committed against children under 16 years of age.
From: Chaplin, Rupert, Faltley, John and Smith, Kevin (eds.) (2011) Table 2.04.  In: Crime in England and Wales 2010/11: findings from the British Crime Survey and police recorded crime (PDF). London: National Statistics. p.43.

  • Police recorded over 23,000 sex offences against children aged under 18 years in England and Wales between April 2010 and March 2011.
From: Information obtained by NSPCC from all 43 police forces in England and Wales under the Freedom of Information Act. See: NSPCC (2012) Figures obtained by the NSPCC reveal sixty child sex offences a day. NSPCC press release 4 April 2012. London: NSPCC.
Around 21% of girls and 11% of boys experience some form of child sexual abuse. 23% of women and 3% of men experience sexual assault as an adult. 5% of women and 0.4% of men experience rape. (Cross Government Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Abuse Sexual-violence-action-plan)

Wednesday 20 May 2015

Save The Children and P.I.E

Page 5 of P.I.E newsletter September 1975, Save the Children placed an ad within the publication.

Monday 18 May 2015

Mel Sutcliffe, Justice After 30 Years

Having spent her infancy living in chaotic circumstances with her biological father, she was made a ward of court at about the age of four and placed in the Dixons’ care in Belle Isle, Leeds.
From left, Reginald, Sean and Paul Dixon, jailed for a total of 51 years

From left, Reginald, Sean and Paul Dixon, jailed for a total of 51 years

Thought to be distantly related to her own family, the Dixons were meant to provide her with the support and security every child deserves.

Instead, the “hell hole” they lived in became a source of unimaginable torment. Years of systematic sexual abuse would cause the girl, now aged 40 and using her married name of Melanie Whelan, lasting damage. She said: 
“They have literally destroyed my life and my family’s life. Along the lines they've destroyed my kids’ lives as well.I won’t let my children go and stay at friends’ houses, I won’t let anyone come and stay here.People say I’m over-protective but they don’t understand that I lived in a house where there were boys coming into my bedroom virtually every night.I’ve had people telling me I should be grateful that the Dixons took me in, but I say ‘you don’t know what went on in that hell hole’.”
Melanie was sexually abused by Reginald Dixon’s two sons, Sean and Paul, over several years. Both men also abused another girl.

Sean Dixon committed offences against two further victims.

Reginald Dixon repeatedly raped and assaulted a fifth girl over an eight-year period.

Melanie said: “It was something that I experienced from fairly early on. I thought it was a natural thing.”

Despite that corrupted view of normality, the youngster ran away from the house three times before the age of 13 and on the third occasion told the authorities what was happening.

The investigation collapsed, however, after one of the other victims decided she couldn’t face going to court.

It wasn’t until her 38th birthday that – inspired by the publicity surrounding the investigation into Jimmy Savile’s crimes – Melanie resolved to pursue justice once again.

She said: “People were telling me ‘you won’t get anything done’.

“Then when the Jimmy Savile thing happened I thought, wait a minute, if people can get justice from a dead person, why can’t I get justice from people who are still walking the streets?”

It took almost two years for the case to come to court. During the trial, all five victims gave evidence against the three men, leading to their conviction on a combined 52 charges last month.

At one stage Melanie collapsed in the witness box under cross-examination. But she said: “To me it was worth every minute of it because I knew that they had to be found guilty for what they had done.”

Reginald Dixon, now 68, was jailed for 19 years at Leeds Crown Court.

Sean Dixon, 44, and Paul Dixon, 46, were given sentences of 21 and 11 years respectively.

Judge Rodney Jameson QC branded both brothers “dangerous” and told them: “These were serious offences and have had a catastrophic impact.”

Melanie said she was relieved at the length of the sentences and hopes now to be able to move on with her life.

She added: “To me they are the scum of the earth. They’ve been walking around for the last 20 years like they never had a care in the world.

“I’m just glad somebody listened to me this time. It feels good to know that I’ve been proven to be telling the truth.”

Det Insp Lawrence Bone, of Leeds Child Safeguarding Unit, said the Dixons were responsible for “an appalling catalogue of sexual abuse”.

He added: “They clearly present a danger to children and the seriousness of their offending has been recognised with the significant prison sentences that they have received.

“We hope it will provide some source of comfort and reassurance to the victims to see them now having had to answer publicly for their crimes.

“This case should again illustrate that the passage of time is no barrier to justice. I would like to assure any person who has suffered such abuse that no matter when this happened West Yorkshire Police has specialist safeguarding officers who will listen and investigate and do we all we can to see offenders like these brought to justice.”

Officials say vulnerable children in Leeds are safer today.

Jane Held, chair of the Safeguarding Children Board, said: “Since these offences were committed 30 years ago there have been significant changes to ensure that vulnerable children are protected. The establishment of Local Safeguarding Children Boards provides an important mechanism to support agencies to work together and, where necessary, to hold them to account, as well as ensure young people are listened to.”

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Thursday 14 May 2015

Tri-X Consultancy

Phillip Andrew Barnett, a former Director of Tri-x Consultancy Limited and listed as Secretary of the board for Tri-X Childcare Limited, stepped down in December 2014 to then take the stand as a defendant in a court of law, along with three other defendants.
He is on trial for crimes against children, allegedly committed whilst he worked at a children's home in Shropshire.

The company themselves claim to have been operating for over twelve years
Tri.x has been producing information, procedures and web-enabled solutions for over 12 years, and has grown from a 'cottage industry' to an established and reliable provider. We do this through our unique blend of legal, practice and technical expertise and by continuously learning from our wide range of customers across the social care sectors. Source
Yet at the same time, the company was officially formed in 2013 yet filed Dormant accounts in 2014. Funny, a dormant company that had clients in Jan 2014 yet filed no accounts and still accepts new clients? Cumbria confirmed with me that they had recently joined Tri-X, along with over 200 other Safeguarding Boards for Children and Adults.
They handle mental health, fostering, adoption, disability, young mum's and families, sex abuse counselling, children's homes and schools.

Tri-x Childcare have been around for 12 years.
A second company was also set up to operate as parent company for Tri-x, (Signis Limited) by Barnett and Barry Raynes. 

Raynes operated a sub-company, Reconstruct Limited, which was involved in the inquiry into the deaths of two teenagers within a Tri-x operated area. Both Raynes and his wife led the Inquiry.

An independent investigative Chartered accountant is currently exploring the activities surrounding this Company and their connections.

Update: George Gretton, the accountant has now sent it as a fraudulent case to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.