The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED POLICE OFFICERS

NARPO House, 38 Bond Street, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 2QP

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BRANCH CIRCULAR 38/16

To: All Branch Secretaries
NEC Members

25th October 2016
Dear Colleague,

THE INDEPENDENT INQUIRY INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

This inquiry will investigate whether public bodies and other non-state institutions have taken seriously their duty of care to protect children from sexual abuse in England and Wales. The Inquiry has launched 13 investigations into a broad range of institutions and will give a voice to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, enable the Inquiry to understand how institutions have failed to protect children from sexual abuse and make practical recommendations to ensure better institutional protection for children in the future.
The Inquiry is an independent statutory inquiry and covers England and Wales. Being independent means the Inquiry is not part of government and not run by a government department. Being statutory means the Inquiry was set up under the Inquiries Act 2005 and has the power to compel witnesses to give evidence.
The Inquiry is a Public Inquiry and has wide-ranging powers under the Inquiries Act 2005. The Chair of the Inquiry can find fact but they cannot find criminal guilt or civil liability. This creates the potential for forces and/or individual officers to be criticised and for fact to be found, that may expose individual officers to allegations of misconduct. Although it should be noted that an overarching principle of an Inquiry is to make recommendations rather than apportion blame.
We have been in consultation with Operation Hydrant which acts as the conduit between the Inquiry and policing to produce Guidance for Police Forces who may at some stage in the future be asked to contact retired officers as a result of the Inquiry.
That Guidance has now been finalised and is sent out together with this circular for the information of Branches and members.
Further information regarding the Inquiry including details of the 13 current investigations can be found at: https://www.iicsa.org.uk
Chief Constable Simon Bailey of Norfolk Police is the National Police Chiefs Councils’ lead for Child Protection and Abuse Investigation and as such he has written to all Chief Officers in England and Wales, providing them with a copy of the Guidance and encouraging them to adopt its use, so that there is a consistent approach nationally.

Yours sincerely

Chief Executive Officer

 

Please Read the Guidance below:

 

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Age UK’s National Engagement Team

Age UK’s National Engagement team is recruiting volunteers to a new NHS England Sounding Board Pilot

Are you interested in helping shape the best quality and most relevant healthcare services for the over 50’s?

You could have this opportunity as a Patient & Public Voice Volunteer for a pilot of a new NHS England Sounding Board.

In this volunteer role with Age UK, you will have the opportunity to engage with senior NHS England policy staff, inform their decision making and share your experience of taking part in the pilot. The Sounding Board Pilot will complement other activities NHS England has in place to engage with audiences of all generations.

The Sounding Board will give you the opportunity to contribute to the development of NHS England’s national health policy, the development of health services and their commissioning. You will consider, from the perspective of your life experience and knowledge, the impacts for older people in a way that plans for the future and cares for the present.

The Pilot will include an induction and taster session on the 13th December 2016 and two full Sounding Board meetings on the 31st January and 29th March 2017 followed by a review of the pilot together, on 27th April 2017 to assess how it has worked for all involved.

To find out more and how to register your interest, please click here to download the information pack and Expression of Interest form.

Please return your completed Expression of Interest form by Tuesday 8th November 2016.

You can email your completed form to Liz Stacey, Age UK Divisional Services Co-ordinator at engagement@ageuk.org.uk or return a hard copy by freepost to (no stamp required):

Liz Stacey, Freepost RTEH-ALYL-JJZU,
Age UK, Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square,
London WC1H 9NA

We will contact you with next steps late November 2016. If you have any queries please call Liz on 0203 033 1152. Thank you for your interest.

Age UK is a registered charity and company limited by guarantee, (registered charity number 1128267, registered company number 6825798) Registered office: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9NA.

Charitable Services are offered through Age UK (the Charity) and commercial products and services are offered by the Charity’s subsidiary companies. The Age UK Group comprises of Age UK, and its subsidiary companies and charities, dedicated to helping more people make the most of later life. Our network includes the three national charities Age Cymru, Age NI and Age Scotland and more than 150 local Age UK charities.

Police Mutual

POLICE MUTUAL HAVE RELAUNCHED THEIR FORCE FOR GOOD INITIATIVE – IF YOU KNOW A GOOD CAUSE HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO GET THEM SOME MONEY

 

Want to support a good cause or initiative in your community?

 

We’re inviting you to apply for funds from our Force for Good initiative, designed to help community projects in your local area.

 

After the success of our February scheme which saw 128 initiatives awarded grants ranging from £90 – £800, Force for Good returns to continue the national community sponsorship scheme.

 

These could include providing equipment for a Scout or Guides group, kit for a children’s sports team or plants and tools for a community garden. Anything, in fact, that’s close to your heart.

 

If you’re a serving or retired Police Officer, Police Staff, Special Constable or family member, you can nominate any community initiative or project that you think deserves a sponsorship award.  In February, we received over 1300 nominations, with over 370 retired Officers/Staff nominating projects.

 

You can apply for funding for any amount up to £1,000 but you’ll need to get all nominations in before 30th September.

 

Force for Good is funded by the Police Mutual Foundation, which exists to support the wider wellbeing of Police Officers and Staff.

 

For more information or to apply for funding, visit the website: www.policemutual.co.uk/forceforgood

 

 

 

                   

Steve Edwards

Chief Executive Officer

01924 331 251

www.narpo.org

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

The Comedy About a Bank Robbery

Criterion TheatreWe recently saw ‘The Play That Goes Wrong’ and most of us left the theatre with aching sides through laughing! The same company have another light hearted play ‘The Comedy About a Bank Robbery’. We have excellent stall seats for the evening performance on Thursday 9 February 2017 at the Criterion Theatre. If you like old fashioned comedy then this is for you!

 

Booking Terms & Conditions

Please, please read and take note of our booking and payment terms and conditions! We still have to chase far too many folk for overdue payments! We set payment dates to match those given to us by service providers (boat companies, hotels and ticket agencies etc). Without your payment we cannot pay them! Check the payment date for your trip in the right hand column of the chart and ensure we receive your payment before that date. If your payment is not received by the due date we reserve the right to re-sell your booking without notice to you. We do not accept cash. Cheques must be payable to N.A.R.P.O. and we need a separate cheque for each trip you book and one cheque for your whole group is helpful. If you book for a group of people who insist on paying with separate cheques they must all to be sent at the same time. Please write the trip to which the cheque relates on the rear of the cheque, along with the name of the person who booked the trip if necessary (e.g. a building society cheque which has no name on it). As with any commercial operator if you book for others, you are responsible for getting their payment to us. We do not require a covering letter. If we require a deposit we will tell you in the chart at the end of this newsletter! Remember deposits should always be regarded as non refundable.

If you cancel a booking we may still require you to pay N.A.R.P.O. the balance due if you have not done so by the time you cancel. If you do cancel we will always try to refund any monies you have paid, but we may not always be able to do so if we cannot re-claim the cost or if it will have an adverse effect on the overall costs. All trips include a gratuity for our coach driver. By booking with us you are deemed to have accepted these conditions.

We do not arrange insurance cover for you. If you need insurance for any trip e.g. Preston, Birmingham or Bournemouth, it is your responsibility to arrange the cover!

The stand by system is working well so if there are any trips showing as ‘fully booked’ that you’d like to go on, tell us and as and when any cancellations are received you will be offered an opportunity to take them up.

Lyn and I are more than happy to deal with any issues re the trips, but we’d appreciate not being contacted on Sundays or at an unreasonable time of the day. Before contacting us please read this or past newsletters. You will probably find the information you want there.

If you need to discuss anything about other non-trip related matters please contact the appropriate committee member whose details are at the bottom of each page of this newsletter. John deals with all matters relating to membership (he keep us up to date with addresses and telephone numbers etc.), Brian handles all matters financial and Peter deals with NARPO circulars and information as well as other items of interest to members. David and Hilary look after all matters relating to welfare (e.g. applications to visit Flint House). We only deal with matters relating to the trips we organise.

Kind regards,

 

Mike Beaveridge

Lyn Beaveridge

Adult Social Care Enquiry

We have been asked by NARPO Head Office to forward the below

 

An inquiry into adult social care is currently ongoing, and as part of Later Life Ambitions we are seeking input from members, I would be grateful therefore if you could please circulate to members, we need as much evidence as possible to submit to the inquiry.
 
Please reply direct to the email address in the below notice: laterlife@connectpa.co.uk
 

ADULT SOCIAL CARE ENQUIRY

 
MP’s are holding an inquiry into the quality of adult social care. We would like to hear about NARPO members personal experiences (good or bad) about assessing or paying for social care, and the quality of care you receive so that we can share this with the MPs.
If you’d like to take part please tell us about your experience via email at: laterlife@connectpa.co.uk to visit the inquiry page use this link: http://www.parliament.uk/…/parliam…/adult-social-care-16-17/

Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

Regards

Steve Edwards
Chief Executive Officer
01924 331 251
NARPO HQ