Former detective Nigel Boulton is the original designer of the multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH), and now supporting MASH delivery and safeguarding improvements around the UK.
Nigel spoke to Jason McCrossan on his Monday Matters radio show on 106.9 SFM (www.sfmradio.com) about how MASH is used to share information across agencies and identify children and vulnerable adults who are at risk from Female genital mutilation, extremism, radicalisation just to name a few.
Jason spoke to Nigel on the day that 26 year old Tareena Shakil was found guilty of taking her toddler son to Syria to join terror group ISIS. Tareena had fled to the war-torn region in October 2014 after telling her family she was going on holiday to Turkey. She was found guilty of being a member of ISIS and encouraging acts of terror, becoming the first British woman to be convicted after return from the terror heartland.
Journalist Sue Lloyd-Roberts, died last night after suffering from acute myeloid leukaemia. Sue received a stem cell transplant over the summer, however, she died following complications from the transplant; Sue was 64.
Here is a collection of her work which covers a variety of subjects that Sue felt passionate about and her broadcasting style and journalistic probing – is matched by very few. There were no bells and whistles with Sue – she was an investigative journalist – who just wanted to get underneath the skin of the subjects she perused – subjects which you knew she felt passionate about and people she deeply cared for.
She kept a video diary for the Victoria Derbyshire programme because of her urgent need of a donor whose tissue type is the same as hers.
Sue was educated at Cheltenham Ladies’ College and St Hilda’s College, Oxford. She worked as a journalist for ITN before joining the BBC, reporting on issues including human rights abuses around the world.
In 2011, she was the first journalist into Homs – the so-called “capital of the Syrian revolution”.
Also during her career, she was sentenced in her absence in China to seven years in prison for her reporting of protests and self-immolations against the rule of China on the Tibetan plateau:
And Sue was one of the first journalists to talk about female genital mutilation:
She was appointed MBE and CBE for her humanitarian journalism. She also received the European Women of Achievement Award and won an Emmy for her reporting from North Korea after Newsnight had been invited for the celebrations marking the birthday of the Great Leader, Kim Il-sung, the founder of the country.
But the invite came with a catch – Sue was only allowed to film model farms, model villages, model schools and model homes. However, she didn’t stop probing or asking uncomfortable questions – even though it greatly angered her minders. At points, so forthright are her questions – the translator – refuses to translate; maybe fearing he will be blamed.
In June 2014 it was revealed that a mass grave contained the remains of nearly 800 babies and infants in Ireland. The children died whilst in the care of Catholic nuns at a mother and baby home between 1925 and1961. The mortality rate was five times that of babies born outside the convent walls.