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FACTion Vol 3-25 Feb 2011

FACTion Vol 3-25 Feb 2011

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FACTion is the quarterly magazine of F.A.C.T. (Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers) a voluntary organisation based in the UK
FACTion is the quarterly magazine of F.A.C.T. (Falsely Accused Carers and Teachers) a voluntary organisation based in the UK

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Feb 2011   Page 1
Have you thought about sponsoring an edition of FACTion
The Government has announced that millions of people inEngland and Wales who work or volunteer with childrenand vulnerable adults who currently need criminal recordchecks will no longer do so. Mr Clegg, Deputy PrimeMinister, said, "Of course we need checks on those peoplewho are working regularly with children and vulnerableadults but not everybody who is volunteering, often on anirregular basis, is simply trying to help out. We want to getit into proportion. I want to lift the atmosphere of suspicion and distrust cast over adults who simply want tohelp”.But some child protection campaigners fear it will beeasier for adults in positions of trust to abuse children.The change is part of the government's Freedoms Bill,published earlier."Most people accept we were treated with too muchdistrust and suspicion and too many people were almosttreated as if they were criminals by Labour in recent years."It's still going to be a scheme of some considerable sizebut one which does not cast that atmosphere of distrustover adults who are simply trying to do their best by theirown children, by children in their own community."The new bill calls for a merging of the Criminal RecordsBureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authorityto form "a streamlined new body providing aproportionate barring and criminal records checkingservice".That body will provide what ministers say will be a more"proportionate" checking service for about 4.5 millionpeople who work "closely and regularly" with children orvulnerable adults.Teachers will continue to be vetted - but those who dooccasional, supervised volunteer work will not.Job applicants will also be able to see the results of theircriminal record check before their prospective employerso mistakes can be corrected.And the bill promises a "portability of criminal recordschecks between jobs to cut down on needlessbureaucracy" and to stop "employers who knowinglyrequest criminal records checks on individuals who are notentitled to them".Children's Minister Tim Loughton said: "Protecting childrenand keeping them safe remains our top priority, but it'salso important that well meaning adults are not put off working or volunteering with children".Children's charity Barnardo's said the move was "a victoryfor common sense".Chief executive Anne Marie Carrie said: "There is alreadyenough safeguarding in place for people who haveunsupervised, substantial access to children."This approach will make it easier for grandparents,parents and neighbours who should be able to play animportant role in a child's life without unnecessary redtape".A decision on whether the disclosure of minor offencesand police intelligence to prospective employers withinthe criminal records check should still form part of thisprocess is yet to be decided.
CRB Reforms Aim toRestore Adult Trust
Page 2 Feb 2011
Firstly may I begin by wishing everyone a better happy newyear. Whatever your circumstances I hope that it will bebetter for you and your family than it was in 2010, especiallyfor those of you who had a miserable time. I know for someof you 2011 has not started well and that there have beenfamily bereavements. I very much hope that the comfort thatcomes from being with friends, in and out of F.A.C.T., willhelp you celebrate their lives.In this edition you will find several articles concerning theprogress that is being made to bring about improvements inthe CRB regime. I must admit to being a little bit ambivalentabout giving so much space to this issue, especially as wehave covered it in depth before. It is however important thatwe keep the pressure up and also acknowledge the media’sefforts to keep this issue on the public agenda.You will also be pleased to know that the F.A.C.T.Parliamentary briefing paper is now with the printers. Wehave already made plans to send it to MPs and members of the House of Lords (and others) as part of a new campaign tohighlight the plight of falsely accused carers and teachers.This represents an entirely new initiative and approach byF.A.C.T. so I do hope you will fully support our efforts. Inparticular it is also important that you let us know if your MPis on your side or has a special interest in education, carework (including fostering) or justice issues.Elsewhere you will finds news of the next conference whichpromises to be a lively and informative affair. This time wehave chosen speakers who have a special interest in legalissues affecting falsely accused and/or wrongly convictedcarers and teachers so please mark the date, Saturday 28thMay in your diaries.A lot of work goes into organising conferences so I very muchhope to see an increase in attendance. Don’t forget thatimmediately before the conference we will also be holding anExtra-ordinary General meeting to discus the possibility of permitting postal votes at AGMs. I know this is somethingseveral of you have requested. It is also something theNational Committee support but as it involves changes toF.A.C.T.’s constitution the vote must be carried by two thirdsof the members present so it is essential you attend the EGMand register your vote. We hope to pass on details of thewording of the resolution in favour of the postal votes (andany others we receive - for or against) in advance of theformal notice of the EGM.We look forward to meeting you all thenMichael
Change of address:FACT North Wales have changed their postal address to:F.A.C.T. (North Wales), 9 Bryn Estyn Road, Rhosnesni,Wrecsam. LL13 9ND. The FACT PO Box number will cease tooperate on the 28th February.
Falsely Accused Carers and TeachersCommittee and Editorial Team
F.A.C.T. is managed by a national committee who can becontacted as follows:Chairman   Michaelmichael@factuk.org02920 777499Secretary    Ian Bsec@factuk.orgO15 6474 2002Treasurer    Ian Atreasurer@factuk.org01905 778170Membership   Joy & Ianmembership@factuk.org01594 529 237Lobbying    Jim01873 830493Media    VacantPrison/Family Support Joyjoy-iangower@stroat.fsnet.co.uk01594 529 237
Contact Details
General Correspondence and F.A.C.T. business
The SecPO Box 15971SolihullB93 3GG01564 742 002
Helpline, Advice, FACTion Newsletter and Website
MichaelPO Box 3074Cardiff WalesCF3 3WZ02920 777 499FACTion:
FACTion is produced at approximately bi-monthlyintervals at the national committee’s discretion, andis provided free of charge to F.A.C.T. members.The editorial team welcome articles for publication,of between 150 and 1,500 words, and letters of notmore than 200 words. These should be sent,preferably by email to: faction@factuk.org or by postto FACTion, P.O. Box 3074, Cardiff, CF3 3WZ.The editorial team reserve the right to edit anyarticle or letter sent for publication.All submissions must be accompanied by your nameand address which, on request, will be withheld frompublication.The views contained in FACTion do not necessarilyrepresent those of F.A.C.T., or its nationalcommittee.
Feb 2011   Page 3
Chris Saltrese Solicitors is a law firm providing a premium service in representingclients accused of sexual offences and domestic violence, in criminal proceedings.We have unrivalled expertise in these areas, both regionally and nationally.Many of our clients face allegations as a result of:
domestic or relationship disputes,
contact disputes,
mental health problems,
financial incentivesand have no prior experience of the criminal justice system. Often theseallegations involve uncorroborated, historic allegations.In this complex arena specialist legal advice and representation is vital especially asrecent changes in the law, designed to convict genuine offenders, also put theinnocent at greater risk of injustice.We particularly welcome carers, teachers, and health care professionals who havebeen accused of abuse and are likely to be subject to a criminal investigation.Where allegations have been made we would be happy to advise, whether or notcriminal investigations are underway.For further information please contact
Chris Saltrese Solicitors
Chris Saltrese Solicitors
13 Scarisbrick New Road
13 Scarisbrick New Road
Southport, PR8 6PU
Southport, PR8 6PU
Phone: 01704 535 512
Phone: 01704 535 512
Chris Saltrese Solicitors
Parents Against InjusticeTake Their Case to Europe
Parents Against Injustice (PAIN) was recently involved in making a 55minute radio documentary for RTBF (Belgium’s equivalent of the BBCWorld Service) on what is wrong with the child protection system in theUK.Trevor Jones, a spokesman for PAIN said,“We worked very hard to get contributions together for the broadcast andcovered various themes.What we learnt was that continental Europe could not believe that childprotection in the UK had got to the state that it is in today, and we verymuch hope that this kind of exposure will reap its reward and result inchange.Given the success we have had I would certainly recommend that FACTgrasp any approaches from EU countries with gusto as it is apparent thatwhen confronted our fellow EU cousins are visibly shocked by the extentand consequences of false allegations of child abuse”.Well done PAIN. The programme, UK’s Stolen Children which wasbroadcast on the 27th November 2010 was very well received and,incidentally, broke the record of audience and podcast listening for theprogramme.
Molly Gee
We first met Molly at the April 2001FACT Conference in Warrington.There she sat, seemingly frail, withhusband Ken in a packed hall whereconcern, confusion, fear anddeepunhappiness were palpable.Up went her hand. She spoke anddescribed their anguish : theirseverely, physically handicappedson, Daryll, had been sentenced onlythree months earlier to eight yearsimprisonment for child sex abuse,following his arrest on 30th January1999 and his eventual trial whichended on 12th January 2001.She was angry, outraged anddetermined to clear his name.Herewas some feisty lady, we thought.And so it turned out.Together with FACT she foughtagainst all the odds; and odds theycertainly were. First one Appealfailed. Then another.Daryll's spirit was broken and hedied in his cell on 27th August 2002.This, of course, made her fight evenharder. When her husband, Ken,died she still battled on, involvingevery MP she could muster. Herhealth started to fail.And then, at long last and 5 yearsand 5 months after Daryll wassentenced, his conviction wasoverturned in the High Court.Molly’s campaign was featured inthe Daily Mail, The Times and on TV.Being Molly, she continued tosupport FACT and gave a rousing callto arms at the May 2006Conference, when she waspresented with a bouquet of flowers; a recognition of our loveand admiration. She remained closeto FACT until her death on 14thJanuary 2011 aged 93
Feisty:adj. aggressive, exuberant, spirited,tough. Synonym : Molly Gee
. R.I.P

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