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The detective leading one of the country's biggest inquiries into historical sexual and physical abuse was "very confident" more former staff members of a detention centre will be prosecuted for allegedly preying on teenage inmates. Seven ex-employees of Medomsley Detention Centre in Consett, County Durham, have been summonsed to appear…
Nicola Sturgeon has urged residents in her constituency to report concerns about child sexual exploitation to the police. Officers are investigating claims of abuse in the Govanhill area of Glasgow. It follows a report in the The Times newspaper last week in which s pecialist agencies, social workers and residents…
Prime Minister Theresa May has given assurances to an MP that Government papers relating to the late Cyril Smith will not be withheld. Former shadow minister Lisa Nandy told the Commons that she had received a letter from the Prime Minister which stated the "work of the security services will…
A part-time fitness instructor who murdered his adopted baby daughter was a "Jekyll and Hyde" character who managed to convince his husband and the authorities that he was a "model citizen and parent", a family court judge has said. Matthew Scully-Hicks passed the rigorous adoption process with "flying colours" and…
A senior family court judge says the case of a baby girl murdered two weeks after being formally adopted is as serious as any he has dealt with. Mr Justice Moor says the death of 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks gives rise to issues of significant public interest. Elsie was murdered by…
Three sisters are taking legal action against a council over claims they were abused by their foster parents for nearly two decades. The siblings say they were "beaten and abused" by John and Alma Cassidy during the 1990s and 2000s. According to the Daily Record physical attacks are said to…
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…
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