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Statement from the Criminal Prosecution Services:
There is widespread media coverage today about how police and prosecutors use information from the mobile phones of people who report rape or other sexual offences.
It is important to correct some serious inaccuracies in the coverage and online, which could deter victims coming forward to report crimes. Sexual offences can have a devastating impact and victims must have confidence that if they report a crime, it will be handled sensitively and fairly by police and prosecutors.
It is not true that complainants in rape cases must automatically hand over personal data on their digital devices or run the risk of the prosecution being dropped. Mobile phone data, or social media activity, will only be considered by the police when relevant to an individual case.
However, for an investigation to proceed and be fair for both complainant and suspect, all reasonable lines of enquiry must be pursued. This is not new and the policy has not changed – mobile devices will not be needed in every case – but when they are, there is explicit guidance that only material relevant to a particular offence may be pursued, to minimise unnecessary intrusion. This applies to all offences and is not restricted to allegations of sexual offending.
It has also been wrongly suggested that phone data will be handed over indiscriminately to lawyers representing the suspect, so that it can be used unfairly to discredit complainants. This is absolutely not the case, and there is clear legal guidance in place to ensure that private information which does not assist the defence or undermine the prosecution is not disclosed to the defence.
Even where material must be disclosed, there are further legal safeguards before it can be used in the course of any trial.
The new consent forms being rolled out by police are intended to achieve a consistency of approach nationally, so complainants are not treated differently in different forces. They replace those which were already been used in some forces. They are designed to bring clarity around the process and to give victims an understanding of how their data might be used so they can have confidence to come forward and support a prosecution.
- These forms are not specifically for sexual assault complainants – they are used in any investigation where digital devices may be examined
- The forensic tools used by many forces mean that they will extract more data than is required for examination. We are clear this does not mean all data should be examined
- The form makes clear investigators should respect individual rights to privacy and not go beyond reasonable lines of enquiry. They set out what they consider reasonable in the context of the allegation and why. These requests must not be purely speculative
- However, in circumstances when it is necessary – both for gathering evidence and meeting our disclosure obligations – we hope the clearer information we have provided will help complainants give free, specific and informed consent
- Strong safeguards are in place to prevent complainants being cross-examined on irrelevant sexual history. Section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 places significant restrictions on the admissibility of questions at court relating to a complainant’s sexual history which includes material gathered from digital devices
- Our prosecutors will continue to robustly oppose defence applications to adduce sexual history evidence whenever it is appropriate to do so
- We have launched a new training course covering the operation of the Section 41 provisions which is mandatory for all CPS rape and serious sexual offences (RASSO) prosecutors and advocates and available to members of the external Bar. In addition we have launched updated and improved legal guidance for prosecutors
- We continue to work with victim groups and the Information Comissioner’s Office to ensure our approach offers the necessary balance between the requirement for reasonable lines of inquiry and the complainant’s right to privacy.
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The Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Assault (The CSA Centre) has developed an informative, evidence-based resource for frontline practitioners in social care, health and police to explain the paediatric medical examination that takes place when this a disclosure or suspicion of child sexual abuse.
This scoping review presents the available, up-to-date evidence on the role and purpose of the medical examination and the lived experience of, and impacts on, children and young people of having an examination.
This report will be of interest to frontline practitioners in social care, police and health, as well as leaders and those responsible for the professional development and training of professionals in these sectors.
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The medicines are used for treating neuropathic pain, seizures and anxiety, but illicit use of the drugs has increased in recent years. In June 2018, NHS Scotland figures revealed that gabapentinoids had been prescribed prior to a fifth of drug-related deaths in Scotland in 2016. It is illegal to possess controlled substances without a prescription or to sell or otherwise supply them to others.
Impact of police custody
PACE – Code C
9.10 No police officer may administer or supervise the self-administration of medically prescribed controlled drugs Schedule 2 0r 3. A detainee may only self-administer such drugs (including gabapentin and pregabalin) under the supervision of a healthcare professional.
Lecturer in Health Justice
School of Health & Social Care
Location: Stafford campus
Salary: £34,189 to £39,609 per annum pro rata
Tenure: Part-time Fixed term for 12 months, working 0.4 FTE
Release Date: Thursday 24 January 2019
Closing Date: Thursday 14 February 2019
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Staffordshire University is a leading university for delivering education and training to those who work within Health Justice; including Prison Health, Custody and Sexual Offences. We are currently the only HEI offering the United Kingdom Association of Forensic Nurses and Paramedics (UKAFN) ASET Course. The Stoke on-Trent, Leek Road Campus boasts a state-of-the-art Science Facility, along with a Crime Scene House and ‘real life’ Courtroom. While the Centre of Excellence at Stafford has a dedicated theatre simulation suite and clinical practice suites, with superb student facilities to enhance the commitment to academic excellence and the facilitation of student learning.
We are currently seeking to recruit a suitably qualified and experienced candidate to join the established teaching team in supporting and facilitating learners in a 15 credit Level 6 Module, Prison Health Course: Introducing Health in Justice (HiJ) – Understanding Prison Healthcare. The post is initially a one-year contract, 2 days per week, and is based at The Centre of Healthcare Excellence, Blackheath Lane Campus, Stafford. However, as the course will be offered in various parts of the country including; Devon, Yorkshire, Reading and the Midlands, the successful candidate would be expected to travel to these areas; expenses would be paid.
The role involves the preparation and delivery of teaching and learning activity on various aspects of the course including the delivery of sessions relating to prison health, personal tutoring, assessment and support of students. The applicant will also be expected to develop other education and training opportunities within health Justice. The successful applicant will have extensive experience and knowledge of working within a custodial environment and will be very familiar with the requirements of a Prison Healthcare worker. Effective teamwork and excellent communication skills are essential. Familiarity with the UKAFN ASET Standards would be beneficial and formal teaching experience is preferred but is not essential, although applicants who do not hold a teaching qualification would be expected to work towards one.
Applicants must hold a relevant professional qualification or undergraduate degree and registration with a relevant regulatory body is essential (i.e. HCPC, NMC, GMC).
This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.
Over recent years the UK has seen several incidents relating to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN). Forensic healthcare professionals may come across such situations, when:
- Attending sudden, unexpected or suspicious deaths
- Major incidents
- Assessing suspects of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) offences
- Assessing terrorism suspects relating to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN)
In response to this, UKAFN has collated the relevant information under the ‘Useful information’ menu on the UKAFN website. There is no need to log in, making the information readily available at the time needed.
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Recognise and respond to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents: guidance for healthcare professionals.
- From: Public Health England
This guidance covers clinical management and health protection in chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents.
The printable cards help healthcare staff recognise symptoms of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents and emerging diseases.
These documents are for:
- frontline health care professionals in emergency departments
- healthcare professionals in primary care and public health
- emergency planners and trainers
- emergency service personnel