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Children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated as they lived in a climate of fear and coercive control at an orphanage run by a religious order, an inquiry has found. Youngsters were hit with implements such as leather straps, crucifixes and a dog’s lead at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark,…
Undercover police have been testing hotel staff's success at spotting the potential sexual exploitation of children.Officers have over the past week attempted to check into rooms in London accompanied by young cadets while brandishing bottles of alcohol, refusing to show identification and paying in cash.Scotland Yard hoped staff would spot…
A children’s charity has launched a campaign to double the number of youngsters it supports over the next five years.Children 1st helped 10,000 children and their families last year and aims to dramatically increase this figure by 2023 as demand for its services increases.Its 'Give A Child Their Smile Back'…
A drug dealer who trafficked three children including a teenage girl to use in a "county lines" crack and heroin selling ring has been jailed for 14 years after a landmark prosecution. Birmingham-based Zakaria Mohammed, 21, recruited the vulnerable youngsters to extend his drugs network to Lincoln, but was caught…
A toddler died after being bound and forced to sleep face down in a "cage" bed, a court has heard. Ellie-May Minshull-Coyle, aged 19 months, was tied to the mattress of her bed with tight ligatures across her chest and legs and a duvet placed over her, a jury at…
A former Plaid Cymru politician has pleaded guilty to making making more than 600 indecent pictures and videos of children. Simon Thomas, 54, admitted three counts of making indecent images of children when he appeared at Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court on Wednesday. The court heard 150 pictures and videos, found at…
An inquiry into decades of sexual of abuse of children in the care of Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council has heard that one boy was abused in the same home his mother had been when she was a child. The Nottingham strand of the Independent Child Inquiry into…
The Nottinghamshire strand of the ongoing child sexual abuse inquiry has opened with a list of failings by both the city council and the county council over the protection of children in care. Complaints of systemic sexual and physical abuse of vulnerable children in council-run homes stretch back to the…
Technology firms should be more proactive in preventing images depicting child abuse from being made available online, the National Crime Agency's (NCA) lead for tackling child sexual abuse has said. Rob Jones said the acceptance that child abuse happens online and that images showing abuse are available on the internet…
The Catholic Church should explicitly state if its organisational structure prevents it protecting children from sexual abuse, a lawyer for victims has said. Christopher Jacobs said "there is a degree of urgency for this information to come out" as his clients believe the Church poses "clear and present danger to…
Council bosses have come under fire from a family court judge who said a social worker investigating a baby-abuse allegation had gathered evidence in a "wholly inappropriate" way. Judge Thomas Greensmith said social services staff had investigated after a two-month-old girl suffered a broken collarbone and doctors suggested that she…
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…
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