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E-scooters - do the initial safety concerns persist?

Simon Pimlott
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Over a year has passed since rental e-scooters were first permitted on public roads in England and there is no doubt that they have become an increasingly common sight. However, concerns that were raised by safety groups at the time of their first trial...

How to Stop Paedophiles

Malcolm Underhill
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I frequently point to the Soham tragedy of 2002 as a turning point on the issue of child protection, although changes were already in hand to improve the safeguarding of children, by undertaking a more comprehensive criminal records check of those having...

Drink Driving and Cycling Fatalities on the Rise

Malcolm Underhill
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Statistics published by the Government, this year, reveal a worrying rise in the number of drink-driving deaths and cycle fatalities on our roads. These figures demand that action be taken by the Government to understand the cause of these increases and take...

Are Victims of Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Losing Out?

Malcolm Underhill
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At the beginning of the lockdown, in March 2020, the pandemic brought every aspect of our lives to a stop. That included the criminal justice system, which ground to a halt. Although it was one of the first issues to be addressed by the Government, to ensure...

Increased Punishment for Paedophiles

Malcolm Underhill
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For well over 20 years there has been greater recognition of the crimes of paedophiles and the harm, sometimes lifelong, they can cause to children by their evil conduct. Gone are the days when society would turn a blind eye and deaf ear to the complaints of...

Online Safety Bill

Malcolm Underhill
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The pandemic has brought into sharp focus the proliferation of online child sexual abuse and the risk posed to children and young people as they engage with others across social media platforms. I have previously written about the work of the Internet Watch...

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Malcolm Underhill
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This week, the 10 th -16 th May 2021, is Mental Health Awareness Week. This year the focus is upon #nature and particularly the restorative powers that nature has. As evidence of this evidence, the Mental Health Foundation published results showing that...

Tackling Child Sexual Abuse

Malcolm Underhill
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Go back a generation or so and you will find relatively little written about childhood sexual abuse. There was a time when these horrific crimes could be committed with impunity; the abusers facing little risk of being caught. Even if allegations of...

Do Not Forget The Children

Malcolm Underhill
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As a consequence of the murder of Sarah Everard there has been an outpouring of grief and anger. Part of that anger is directed towards politicians who have previously ignored the plight of women, failing to take steps to protect them from predatory men. The...

Delayed Medical Treatment Due to Covid-19

Malcolm Underhill
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Throughout the pandemic there has been a continuous flow of information and statistics in respect of the impact on the treatment for NHS patients. Covid 19 has forced the NHS to commit its resources to dealing with the consequences of the pandemic, meaning...

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