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Police are to investigate claims that children as young as 12 are routinely being sold for sex in one of Scotland's most deprived areas. Locals in the Govanhill area of Glasgow told The Times newspaper of being offered Roma children for sex or being approached outside bars by youngsters themselves.…
Children suffering sexual abuse in Scotland are being failed by a lack of specialist support, a charity has warned. New research by NSPCC Scotland found access to recovery services remains patchy and fragmented despite a greater spotlight on child sexual abuse over the past decade. The charity said more than…
A former Crown Office boss is to lead a task force set up to prevent sexual crime involving young people. Justice Secretary Michael Matheson said Catherine Dyer would bring a "wealth of experience" as he announced the appointment to MSPs at Holyrood. The expert group was created in response to…
Allegations of physical and sexual abuse at an adolescent mental health unit spanning decades are being investigated, police said. A criminal investigation into reports of abuse of young patients at Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit in St Albans, Hertfordshire, has been launched, Hertfordshire Constabulary said. The abuse is said to…
A young boy taken from his parents' care because social workers had sex abuse fears was moved from a foster home after a complaint about him being "roughly handled" by a new carer, a family court judge has heard. The youngster, now six, spent about 18 months at the foster…
A man who was sexually abused by a string of older men from the age of 13 has received a formal apology from the Government's victim compensation agency after it previously ruled he consented to sexual abuse as a child. The man - known as HND - has also been…
A man who murdered his daughter two weeks after formally adopting her has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, received a life sentence for violently shaking 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks (pictured) and striking her head at their home in Llandaff, Cardiff, in May 2016. He described…
A specialist unit could be created for children and teenagers convicted of sex offences, a Government minister has suggested. Phillip Lee (pictured) said he had been encouraging the Ministry of Justice to examine whether the measure may be needed to hold those responsible for "dark and very troubling" crimes. He…
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