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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…
Eight men have been charged in connection with allegations of historical abuse at a former children's home. The charges all relate to allegations of abuse of youngsters at Wisteria Lodge in Coventry in the West Midlands between 1981 and 1997. The home, which used to stand in Earlsdon Avenue South,…
Margaret Thatcher's decision to approve suspected child abuser Cyril Smith for a knighthood helped him maintain close ties to children's services, an inquiry has heard. The late politician received the honour in 1988 despite knowledge "at the very highest level of politics" about past allegations of his sexual abuse, the…
Two 86-year-old men have been charged in connection with an investigation into historical abuse at a school dating back to the 1960s. West Mercia Police said both would appear in court later this month, in connection with a lengthy inquiry into allegations at St Gilbert's School for boys in Hartlebury,…
Former Conservative prime minister Sir Edward Heath would be questioned over allegations that he raped and indecently assaulted boys as young as 10 were he alive today, a controversial police report has said. A Wiltshire Police investigation, called Operation Conifer, concluded that seven of the claims would have been sufficiently…
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