Cyril Smith child abuse case: No further action – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2016 in child abuse, news, prosecutions, sexual offences by tracey

‘No charges will be brought after a long-running investigation into claims former MP Cyril Smith abused boys.’

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BBC News, 29th September 2016

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Ben Emmerson quits child sex abuse inquiry one day after being suspended – The Independent

Posted September 30th, 2016 in barristers, child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The top lawyer in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has quit, only a day after being suspended from his role. Ben Emmerson QC decided to step down from his post of senior counsel after two years in the job.’

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The Independent, 29th September 2016

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Suspension of child abuse inquiry lawyer a ‘devastating blow’ – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2016 in barristers, child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The suspension of the most senior lawyer to the troubled public inquiry into institutional child abuse has been called a devastating blow to survivors of abuse.’

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The Guardian, 29th September 2016

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Counsel to child sexual abuse inquiry believed to be close to resigning – The Guardian

Posted September 28th, 2016 in barristers, child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Fresh doubts about the future of the beleaguered independent inquiry into child sexual abuse have arisen amid concerns that its most senior lawyer is about to quit.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2016

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Children’s party organiser who raped girl four times and threatened to kill her jailed – The Independent

Posted September 26th, 2016 in child abuse, guilty pleas, news, rape, sentencing by sally

‘A children’s party organiser who admitted to raping a girl under the age of 13 four times has been sentenced to 17 years behind bars.’

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The Independent, 25th September 2016

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Many online child sex crimes using Facebook and Twitter ‘not recorded by police’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in child abuse, internet, news, police, reports, Scotland, sexual offences by sally

‘Sex criminals are using social media networks like Facebook and Twitter to carry out attacks against Scottish children including rape but many are not recorded by the police, according to a disturbing official report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd September 2016

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Judge voices fears over ‘relentless rise’ in child care cases following Baby P tragedy – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 21st, 2016 in care orders, child abuse, child neglect, judges, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘The effect of the Baby P case has contributed to a “crisis” in the children’s care system, the president of the High Court’s Family Division has said. Sir James Munby called for urgent research into why the number of cases in which children can be separated from their parents on the application of a council had more than doubled in the last decade.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th September 2016

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MPs slam ‘national scandal’ of FGM- Britain’s hidden crime – The Independent

Posted September 15th, 2016 in child abuse, crime, female genital mutilation, human rights, news, select committees by tracey

‘Britain’s failure to protect girls from female genital mutilation (FGM) has been described as a “national scandal” by a committee of MPs, who said it was “beyond belief” that, 30 years since it became illegal, not a single person has been convicted of the crime. They described it as a “hidden crime” and “preventable” child abuse.’

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The Independent, 15th September 2016

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‘Child houses’ to be set up for young sex abuse victims – BBC News

Posted September 12th, 2016 in care homes, child abuse, children, news, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Two so-called “child houses” are to be set up to support victims of sexual abuse and help them through the court process, the home secretary has said.’

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BBC News, 10th September 2016

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Evesham child sex offender faces 5 year prison term after originally being sentenced to community order – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 9th, 2016 in appeals, attorney general, child abuse, press releases, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal today increased the sentence of Evesham child sex offender Daniel Mills after an intervention by Attorney General Jeremy Wright QC MP.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 8th September 2016

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Some victims may boycott the troubled sex abuse inquiry. What has gone wrong? – The Guardian

Posted September 9th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences, victims by tracey

‘Even the fiercest critic of Dame Lowell Goddard must admit she’s got a point. Earlier this week, Goddard revealed why she resigned last month as chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. She sent a 10-page critique of the setup of the inquiry to the home affairs select committee, saying it was too big, took in too many institutions (church, councils, schools, Westminster, Medomsley detention centre – to name but a few of its 13 strands), was too complex, went back too far (60 years), would take too long (possibly 10 years), and was underfunded.’

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The Guardian, 8th September 2016

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Acquitted dad Craig Beattie ‘killed baby son’ family judge said – BBC News

Posted September 8th, 2016 in child abuse, criminal justice, family courts, homicide, news, reports by tracey

‘A father who was acquitted by a jury of killing his six-week-old son has been named as the person responsible for his death in a ruling by a high court judge.’

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BBC News, 7th September 2016

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UK inquiry into child sexual abuse ‘will include historical cases’ – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The focus of the official inquiry into child sexual abuse will not be narrowed to exclude historical cases, the home secretary has made clear, as she also suggested that its former chair, Dame Lowell Goddard, may have quit because she was lonely.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2016

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Child abuse inquiry needs to be remodelled, warns Dame Lowell Goddard, criticising its ‘scale and size’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 6th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, judges, news, reports, sexual offences by sally

‘The wide-ranging inquiry into child sex abuse needs to be completely reviewed and remodelled, the judge who resigned as its head last month has warned.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th September 2016

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Consultation on mandatory reporting of child abuse ‘has been buried’ – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2016 in child abuse, consultations, news, notification by sally

‘The Home Office has been accused of burying a long-awaited consultation that could recommend that people who work with children should be forced to report concerns of child abuse.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2016

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Dorset man jailed for life over Philippines child sex abuse – The Guardian

‘A pub landlord from Dorset who travelled to south-east Asia and filmed himself sexually abusing children as young as eight has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 14 years.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2016

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Children: Public Law Update (August 2016) – Family Law Week

Posted August 19th, 2016 in adoption, child abuse, children, fostering, human rights, news, privilege by tracey

‘John Tughan QC, 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent decisions relevant to public children lawyers, including two important recent decisions of the Court of Appeal.’

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Family Law Week, 11th August 2016

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Shocking injustices: the conviction of David Bryant – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“You are free to go. I am very sorry.” It was with these words that Lord Justice Leveson in the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction of David Bryant, a former fireman of seemingly impeccable character, for abusing a boy four decades earlier in a case that was based upon the uncorroborated word of a man revealed to be “a chronic liar”.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 16th August 2016

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Mother jailed for making children have surgery so she could claim benefits – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2016 in benefits, child abuse, medical treatment, news, sentencing, social security by sally

‘A mother who lied about her children being ill, forcing them to have surgery as part of a plan to falsely claim benefits, has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2016

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Britain’s sweariest judge may also be Britain’s toughest – The Independent

‘Judge Patricia Lynch told a flasher ‘no-one wants to see your penis’, ordered a weeping defendant to ‘man up’ and left colleagues in no doubt that ‘if you crossed her, you would be in trouble’.’

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The Independent, 11th August 2016

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