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The Church of England "botched" an inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse, the author of a review of the report has said. Sir Roger Singleton said the Church's Past Cases Review in 2010 did not give a comprehensive picture of the problem and that those conducting it refused to…
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is to work with partners, including people with lived experience, to create and deliver quality training resources for front line workers responding to psychological trauma. The Scottish Goverment announced an additional £1.35 million will be invested to create a national training programme, developed for workers…
A far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care in Scotland is being given more time to complete its work. Deputy First Minister John Swinney has agreed to a request from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry chair, the Right Honourable Lady Smith, to remove the requirement…
A man has told a court he did not rape a woman who has raised a civil legal action against him. Stephen Coxen admitted he had been "rude" towards the woman on the night in question and that their time together became upsetting, but he denied the allegation he faces.…
Shamed former minister Mark McDonald should be suspended from the Scottish Parliament without pay for one month, Holyrood's Standards Committee has recommended. The committee announced the proposed sanction after considering a report by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life, which was asked to investigate Mr McDonald's conduct after…
Legislation making upskirting a criminal offence punishable by up to two years in prison will be introduced by the Government after a previous bid was scuppered by one of its own MPs. The Bill to be put before the Commons on Thursday will tackle a gap in the law concerning…
Victims of paedophile football coach Barry Bennell have spoken of their relief after he failed in a Court of Appeal bid to have his 30-year jail term cut. Three judges in London ruled on Wednesday that the length of his jail term for multiple offences against 12 boys he coached…
Some of Ireland's most vulnerable children were potentially placed at risk due to major system failures within the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), an investigation has found. The failings were found by the Health, Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to have stemmed from a gap between national Tusla policy and…
Men wearing kilts will also be protected by plans for a ban on upskirting, it has been disclosed in the Lords. Baroness Vere of Norbiton, speaking for the Government, said the proposed new law would protect the "bodily dignity" of both men and women. She said this would include "kilt…
Care services across Scotland are generally working well to protect children from the risks of sexual exploitation, according to inspectors. The Care Inspectorate has today published a report on a focused scrutiny programme which looked at how well care services are preventing and responding effectively to child sexual exploitation. Inspectors…
A woman who murdered her step-grandfather on Christmas Day by beating him with his own walking stick and stabbing him more than 120 times has been told she will serve at least 13 years in prison. Lindsey Fletcher, 39, claimed she attacked Michael Eaton when he tried to sexually abuse…
A convicted child killer dubbed the Beast of Wombwell died of natural causes days after he was found guilty of rape and before he could be charged with the murder of another teenager, an inquest has heard. Peter Pickering, 80, had been locked up for more than 45 years after…
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