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CHILD PROTECTION: HOW CAN BUSINESSES ENSURE ROBUST AND ADEQUATE PROCEDURES?

David Beckham’s condemnation of child abuse in football on Desert Island Discs is a reminder that while there is a framework for protecting children in the UK that is firmly rooted in legislation, policy and principles, child protection is everyone’s responsibility. Safeguarding children and vulnerable people is not just about preventing sexual or physical abuse:…

France imposes binding obligation on corporates to prevent corruption

After much deliberation between the upper and lower chambers, the French Parliament has adopted tough new anti-corruption legislation.  Known as Sapin II, the new law presents a tougher framework for the prevention and prosecution of corruption in France and is likely to have far-reaching consequences for French and foreign groups. It comes in response to criticism from…

FA’s review of abuse in football must look forwards as well as back

  Since the first revelation by ex-Crewe defender Andy Woodward in mid-November, the allegations of historical abuse in football have escalated to alarming levels, presenting a very real crisis for the sport. To date, 98 amateur and professional clubs have been linked to allegations of abuse, twenty-one police forces have opened investigations and a dedicated…

Will the Code for Sports Governance change behaviour in sport for the better?

With organisations like FIFA, IAAF, WADA, IOC and British cycling all caught up in recent governance scandals, it should be a breath of fresh air that Sport England and UK Sport has published a Code for Sports Governance with which all publicly funded sports organisations must comply from 2017. This is tantamount to applying the…

Corporates could face prosecution for failing to prevent economic crimes

Failure to prevent economic crime looks set to become a corporate offence under the May administration. Speaking at the Cambridge Symposium on Economic Crime last in September, the attorney general, Jeremy Wright QC confirmed that a consultation on the introduction of the corporate offence of failing to prevent economic crimes such as money laundering, false…