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Former Cop Nigel Boulton discusses Child Protection & Abuse


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.

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Tareena Shakil fled to the war-torn Syria in October 2014.

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.

More about MASH information can be found at his website: http://www.nibconsulting.co.uk/mash/



BRITAIN the Road Rage Capital


BRITAIN is the world capital of road rage, a global survey has revealed.

We came top of the league for aggression on the roads, outstripping countries traditionally seen as having hot- headed drivers such in Italy.

The survey of 20 countries said 76% of British drivers have experienced aggressive gestures on the roads.  It found that 53% have been the target of verbal aggression and 73% have found their path blocked on the road by an angry driver.


In contrast the politest country is Turkey where the figures were 23%, 15% and 13% respectively.

Britain’s closest rivals were France on 73 per cent, 44 per cent and 42 per cent, the Czech Republic on 70 per cent, 40 per cent and 72 per cent, and Germany on 43 per cent, 47 per cent and 62 per cent.

India, whose drivers are often portrayed as aggressive, scored just 52 per cent, 44 per cent and
59 per cent.

And Italy was on 48 per cent, 37 per cent and 44 per cent.

The survey ranged from Australia to America which was only in the middle of the table.

The survey also found that British motorists are guilty of “distracted driving” with large numbers eating and making phone calls while at the wheel.

Over the weekend an AA survey found that three-quarters of British motorists think other drivers are not considerate enough.

The poll showed that the vast majority of us think motorists are always in a hurry.

The road safety charity Brake said we’re a nation of “selfish” drivers picking up fixed penalties at the rate of one a minute.

And children are among those paying the price, with two in 5 primary school children saying they have been hit by a vehicle or had a near miss while cycling or on foot.

Charlie Hebdo – pulling at your scabs to make you bleed


French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo is doing what the magazine was born to do.  Go in hard. Be controversial and court controversy by pulling on a badly scabbed wound – yanking it off and letting the blood gush out.  The latest cartoons which are currently getting people angry is their response of predominantly Christian European countries to the migrant crisis gripping our shores and our headlines.

There are two drawings which have caused the greatest offence.  The first is a depiction of the harrowing sight of Aylan Kurdi whose limp body was carried off a Turkish beach and whose image has single handedly lead to a change in the discourse of Europeans on migration.

The cartoon shows the boy beside an advertising billboard offering two children’s meal menus for the price of one with the caption “So close to making it”.

The other offending cartoon suggests “Proof that Europe is Christian” and depicts a Jesus-like character walking on water besides another up-ended charter wearing shorts with the caption “Christians walk on water” and the latter “Muslim children sink”.

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But it’s important to remember what is going on.  The cartoon is not mocking dead children.  It mocks western culture – but I think it also goes deeper and asks questions of those who risk the lives of their children. In this case – the family of the boy who died  – were in Turkey. They were out of Syria. When they put their children on that dinghy – were they fleeing for their lives or because they wanted to better their lives? Does the ends justify the means? Did they have to take the risk? And what exactly is their understanding of what Western culture is?

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You don’t have to agree with how Charlie go about it – because they are just trying to be clever. I suppose – at least they are trying… It’s more than I  have done. But condemn at will – their point is made.

  • They highlight the superficial nature of those who don’t give a thought to the message they are imparting – & instantly condemn & get enraged:  like McDonald’s – most people want stuff fast, tasty & cheap so they can devour without much thought about what it is they are actually consuming. Charlie like enraging these people just as much as;
  • Those who do ponder a little longer & scratch the surface of the varying messages they impart…& have a smug sense that they understand these matters better than anyone else. When actually – they don’t.

I’m not a big fan of the Daily Express and have never personal paid any cash to buy it.  However, it did run what appears to be a reasoned piece on the story that has become – the boy on the beach