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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…
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…
Victims of historical child abuse have urged Northern Ireland's politicians to release compensation which has been blocked due to Stormont's collapse, as talks aimed at restoring powersharing enter their final hours. SAVIA - Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse, which represents people who were abused at institutions, called on Northern…
The leader of Rochdale Council has dismissed claims he knew about allegations of child sexual abuse in the early 90s, insisting his colleague "is lying". The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is examining how the late MP Cyril Smith (pictured) and others were able to target youngsters at institutions…
Survivor groups in Scotland have called on all survivors of abuse in care to take part in an important consultation, allowing individuals to share their views on a possible financial redress scheme for the first time. The consultation has been developed and delivered through a collaboration between a range of…
An alleged victim of late MP Cyril Smith has described being denied urgent medical attention for a ruptured appendix until the politician had finished "fondling" him. The man, speaking anonymously, told the national child abuse inquiry that he suffered both physical and sexual abuse when staying at the Cambridge House…
A social worker from south Wales, who is currently serving nine years in prison for historic child sex abuse, has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers. A Social Care Wales fitness to practise hearing last week found that Luke West’s fitness to practise was impaired because of…
MI5 intelligence on allegations of paedophilia by the late politician Cyril Smith "raises a spectre of collusion" which could explain why he escaped justice, an inquiry has heard. A dossier of information on the Liberal MP was held by the security services and has been disclosed to the Independent Inquiry…
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