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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…
Social workers in Northumberland have placed a troubled teenage boy in a specialist residential school in Scotland after struggling to find a suitable unit in England. An English High Court judge has approved the move but has told council bosses that judges in Scotland should also give their backing. Details…
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 children's charity has said Scotland's care system must "evolve" in a new report one year on from the announcement of an independent review into the sector. Action for Children has urged the review group to consider four key demands raised by those being looked after in a report based…
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,…
Three teenage brothers who developed a "narcissistic cult" mentality and came to believe there was no point leaving home, socialising or going to school, should leave their mother's care, a High Court judge has concluded. They formed a "group identity" and "saw themselves as intellectually superior and separate to the…
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…
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