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The birth family of Elsie Scully-Hicks have said she would "still be alive today" if she had not been removed from their care by social services. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison for murdering Elsie just two weeks…
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…
Adopting a child is a "stringent and rigorous" process - with Matthew and Craig Scully-Hicks undergoing months of training, assessment and meetings. Elsie was taken into care after her birth in November 2014, with the couple registering interest in becoming adopters days later. They were visited in January 2015 by…
A social worker has been suspended for one year after a fitness to practise hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his repeated failings. The hearing heard that Michael Sira-Parfitt failed to complete a number of vital assessments, didn’t make essential referrals and failed to make regular…
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…
A fitness instructor "assaulted, abused and ultimately murdered" his 18-month-old adopted daughter, a court has heard. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, is accused of inflicting serious injuries on Elsie Scully-Hicks before her death in May 2016. Cardiff Crown Court (pictured) heard Scully-Hicks had formally adopted Elsie with his husband, Craig Scully-Hicks, just…
A single mother from Treherbert in the Rhondda Fawr valley has won an award for her dedication to her Nursing studies at the University of South Wales (USW). Kathryn Ace, 32, in her third year of her Adult Nursing degree at USW, was nominated for the annual Mentor’s Choice Award…
Anti-grooming materials that aim to help prevent children and young people from being targeted by paedophiles online are being launched at Swansea University today. ‌Swansea University researchers studying the language and methods used by online groomers found that children could be contacted by adults via the internet, groomed, and a…
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