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A council has been given back control of its services which were stripped away after a child sexual exploitation scandal. The government control of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has been in place since February 2015 after damning reports into the way more than 1,400 children were groomed, abused and trafficked…
A former Plaid Cymru politician has been charged with making indecent images of children. Simon Thomas, 54, quit the party and his role as an Assembly Member after he was arrested in July. Thomas was MP for Ceredigion between 2000 and 2005, before joining the National Assembly for Wales to…
There has been a spike in the number of young people seeking counselling about child-on-child sexual abuse, Childline has said. The children's charity said it held 3,878 counselling sessions with young people concerned about sexual abuse among peers last year, an increase of 29% on the previous year. The true…
The head of a charity which ran a children’s home has apologised after a BBC Scotland investigation alleged residents were abused. The Disclosure programme uncovered allegations of physical and sexual abuse at Lagarie Children’s Home in Rhu, near Helensburgh, Argyll. Run by Christian charity the Sailors Society, the home took…
The president of Sinn Fein has unreservedly apologised to an alleged sex abuse victim who claims the party covered up her allegations against one of its members. Mairia Cahill had demanded the apology from Mary Lou McDonald in the wake of a damning police watchdog probe into how her case…
Seventeen further institutions are to be investigated by a far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care. The 17 are in addition to the 69 establishments already identified by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), taking the total number under scrutiny to 86. The list includes…
Police are discovering child abuse image offences on average every 23 minutes, according to the NSPCC. Recorded crimes of viewing indecent pictures or videos of children rose by a nearly quarter from last year to more than 22,700, the charity said on Thursday. The figures came after the Home Secretary…
Alleged child abuse victim Mairia Cahill was "failed" by a disjointed Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) investigation, a watchdog said. In 2010 Ms Cahill, a grand-niece of prominent Belfast republican Joe Cahill, told officers she had been sexually abused by alleged IRA member Martin Morris - who was acquitted…
The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) had information about alleged abuse of children a decade before it was reported but did not investigate it, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland said. The watchdog found the force's Criminal Investigation Department received intelligence in 2000 which linked a man to alleged harm of…
A teacher who manipulated people around the world to sexually abuse children in their care was branded a "malign puppet master" by a judge as he was jailed. Richard Clark (pictured) used a series of false identities in order to "manipulate" victims into committing sexual abuse on children, recording the…
A woman has had seven children taken from her care after social workers raised concern about "chronic neglect" with family court judges. The woman's first child was removed from her home more than a decade ago and a judge has now approved the permanent removal of the remaining six. Recorder…
Ministers have been urged to make reporting child abuse mandatory after a major cover-up at two leading Catholic schools. The call in the House of Lords for action came after a report found monks at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset hid allegations of "appalling sexual abuse" against…
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