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After climate change, there is nothing more serious than poverty and there is clear evidence that it leads to higher levels of child abuse and neglect, said the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Brid Featherstone, speaking to a large gathering of social workers. She is Professor of Social Work at the…
A charity helping abused children has launched a campaign to fight childhood trauma brought on by neglect.Over the festive period, there is a surge in calls about children left alone in cold homes, without proper clothing, and living in filthy conditions, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to…
Survivors of abuse at children's homes across Northern Ireland have criticised government proposals on compensation as "derisory".Draft legislation to establish a compensation scheme for victims will come on Monday almost two years after the publication of the report by the Historic Institutional Abuse Inquiry (HIAI).The inquiry led by Sir Anthony…
A woman and her ex-partner have been jailed for 10 years each for allowing the death of a toddler who was tied face-down to a "cage bed".Lauren Coyle and Reece Hitchcott (pictured), both 20, were found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Coyle's daughter 19-month-old Ellie-May Minshull Coyle…
More than a quarter of people who alleged they were abused at a children's home said they had told staff about the attacks while they were still in care, an inquiry has been told.The Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) heard 164 people complained to police about suffering abuse at Quarrier's…
A gang of six men have been given jail sentences of up to 23 years after sexually exploiting vulnerable teenage girls in Rotherham.A judge told the defendants they "perpetrated, facilitated and encouraged" the abuse on five victims who were "vulnerable in the extreme".The complainants explained in statements how the men…
Thirty people will go trial charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield, a judge has ruled.Twenty five of the defendants appeared at Leeds Crown Court (pictured) on Friday.They are charged with a total of 78 offences, including rape, trafficking and sexual assaults involving a…
A paedophile who was suspected of child grooming offences joined the police force to target vulnerable victims and went on to rape a 13-year-old girl."Selfish and cruel" police constable Ian Naude (pictured) was warned to expect a significant jail sentence as he was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court on Thursday…
A woman whose husband took their daughter and left her at his family home in Libya is preparing for the latest round of a six-year court fight to get the youngster back.Malgorzata Szymanowicz had left Talia Belaid, who was three months old, with Maher Belaid in November 2012 while she…
Experts have devised an anti-grooming tool in a boost for Home Secretary Sajid Javid's drive to combat online child abuse.Engineers from some of the world's biggest tech firms, including Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Snap and Twitter, worked for two days at a "hackathon" in the US last week.Participants at the event,…
The death of a 10-year-old in a house in Perth and Kinross is being treated as murder.Kane Morris died at the scene in Union Street, Coupar Angus, in the early hours of Sunday while an eight-year-old girl remains in a critical condition in hospital.A 37-year-old man has been arrested in…
Gangs operating so-called county lines drug networks are targeting private school children as they are "less likely to raise suspicion", the chief inspector of schools will say on Wednesday.The networks see urban dealers forcing children and other vulnerable people to courier illegal substances to customers in more rural areas and…
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