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A firm has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned on a trip to an old sand quarry. Castle Homes Limited, which ran Castle Lodge home for young people, in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations over the incident in July 2013. Two…
A study by seven British universities has revealed significant inequalities in child welfare across the UK, with children in the poorest areas 10 times more likely than those in the least deprived to become involved in the child protection system. Researchers found ‘strong social gradients’ in the rates of intervention…
More than 60 residential care establishments for youngsters are being investigated by the team working on Scotland's national child abuse inquiry, its chairwoman has said. They are among more than 100 locations where the abuse of children is alleged to have taken place, Lady Smith announced. Boarding schools, institutions run…
A predatory priest's sex crimes were ignored to protect the good name of the Catholic church, a public inquiry found. Fr Brendan Smyth attacked children "far and wide" at residential homes in Northern Ireland from the 1940s and was convicted of more than 100 offences. He was allowed a car…
Victims of historic child abuse in Northern Ireland should receive state-backed compensation payments of up to £100,000, an inquiry has recommended. Those abused in state, church and charity run homes should also be offered an official apology from government and the organisations that ran the residential facilities where it happened,…
Shocking instances of historic child abuse in institutions in Northern Ireland have been outlined in the findings of the region's four-year inquiry into mistreatment of residents. Probe chairman Sir Anthony Hart has begun announcing the conclusions of the wide-ranging report in Belfast - a statement that is due to last…
Northern Ireland's public inquiry into child abuse at residential homes run by churches and the state will be judged on the extent to which it delivers truth and justice, campaigners said. The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry is due to publish its report on Friday. Evidence from hundreds of witnesses…
The Department of Health published a statistical bulletin summarising information on care leavers in the north of Ireland who left care during the year ending 31 March 2016. Care Leavers Aged 16–18 some two thirds (67%) of care leavers aged 16-18 had GCSEs or other qualifications. The proportion of care…
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