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  • The UK will take in up to 3,000 refugees, mostly vulnerable children, from the war-torn Syria region by 2020.
    The government called the move the "largest resettlement programme for children in the world".
    It is in addition to UK prime minister David Cameron's pledge to take 20,000 refugees by 2020.
    But critics said it would do nothing to help the thousands of lone refugee children who had made it to Europe, but were at risk of trafficking and abuse.
    The government scheme will target unaccompanied children in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as those considered at risk of abuse and exploitation, such as children threatened with child labour and child marriage. It will resettle children and their families "where the UNHCR deems resettlement is in the best interests of the child." 'Exceptional circumstances'
    Several hundred people are expected to be resettled in the UK by April 2017 "with a view to resettling up to 3,000 over the lifetime of this Parliament", the government said.
    The five-year Syrian civil war has created more than 4.5 million refugees across the region - half of them children in need of food, education and a home. The UN has warned that a whole generation of Syrian children is at risk.
    Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said: "We have always been clear that the vast majority of vulnerable children are better off remaining in host countries in the region so they can be reunited with surviving family members. However, there are exceptional circumstances in which it is in a child's best interests to be resettled in the UK.

  • MPs to investigate sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools
    The first parliamentary inquiry into the scale and impact of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools is launched today by the Women and Equalities Committee. It comes as new research shows how young people are being affected by this problem.
    Prior to launching this inquiry, the Committee gathered the views of 300 young people from across the UK through a series of workshops run by Fixers. These findings are published today. Young people reported that: * schools are not playing their part in recognising the pressures young people are under when dealing with matters of sexual harassment and sexual bullying * teachers may brush off incidents of sexual assaults or sexually threatening behaviour because of students relatively young ages * many incidents go unreported because students are worried that victims will be punished as well as perpetrators "Lad culture is a big issue; it is really common. In my school lads would come up to girls and grab their ass, try and push them into the changing rooms and stuff and then say don't get upset it's just banter." Gemma, 22. "Say, if your bra got undone they would give a warning and that would be the last of it. [Teachers] wouldn't really bring it up, they'd tell them to 'sit down, stop messing around, do your work' and then it wouldn't get reported anywhere else." Ella, 17. "At my school a girl was pressured into performing oral sex on an older boy in school. They were caught and both suspended for the same amount of time. I can see it is difficult for schools to get that right. They've got to be seen to be doing something, keeping the school's reputation in check and deciding what to do is a tricky business. Schools are not equipped to deal with emotional analysis." Charlotte, 18.

    Maria Miller, Chair of the Committee said: "It's clear from the young people we've heard from that sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools is having a profound impact on their day to day lives. We need to address this issue now, and stop it from blighting the lives of another generation of young people - both male and female. "We're asking teachers, students, parents, youth organisations and anyone else with an interest in this subject to share their knowledge and experience with us. We'll use this evidence to find the most effective measures to reduce levels of sexual harassment and sexual violence in schools."

  • A female character in BBC Radio 4’s drama The Archers stabbed her abusive husband in an end to a yearlong storyline on domestic violence.
    Critics argued that The Archers presented a narrow view of domestic violence, and that the reach of the show, and therefore the response to it, wasn’t inclusive: the average age of a listener is 56. And in real life, escaping an abuser doesn’t end with a cheery soundtrack; victims will carry the memories for ever, with some never fully recovering from the abuse.
    But what this 14-minute show has done is offer us the opportunity to start a conversation about an issue that affected 1.4 million women in Britain in 2014. Two women a week are killed in England and Wales by a current or former partner, and 500 victims of recent domestic abuse commit suicide every year, according to the charity Women’s Aid. And although one in four women experience violence in their lifetime, it is estimated that only 35% of all incidents are reported to the police.

  • Ten men have been sentenced for multiple offences relating to the sexual exploitation of eight victims in the Rochdale area following two trials at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester. Nine of the offenders were sentenced today and one man was sentenced last year after pleading guilty at the start of the first trial. They were sentenced to 127 years in total.

  • A consultation seeking views on a new definition of child sexual exploitation was launched on Friday.

    There are currently a number of definitions of child sexual exploitation in use by voluntary organisations and agencies. This has led to some confusion and additional challenges for practitioners working with children and families, creating inconsistencies in risk assessment and data collection.

    The government aims to provide clarity so all professionals are using the same definition of child sexual exploitation in their work to prevent abuse and investigate offending.

    The proposed definition is:

    ‘Child sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse. It occurs where anyone under the age of 18 is persuaded, coerced or forced into sexual activity in exchange for, amongst other things, money, drugs/alcohol, gifts, affection or status. Consent is irrelevant, even where a child may believe they are voluntarily engaging in sexual activity with the person who is exploiting them. Child sexual exploitation does not always involve physical contact and may occur online.’

  • CLEAR has now moved to new premises at:
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    Threemilestone Ind Estate
    TR4 9LD