Foster care abuse victim in ‘landmark’ win against council – BBC News

‘A woman who was abused as a child by her foster parents has won a Supreme Court battle against the local authority responsible for her care.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2017

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CPS report shows more offenders are being successfully prosecuted for sexual crimes than ever before – Crown Prosecution Service

‘More defendants than ever before are being prosecuted and convicted for sexual offences across England and Wales, new figures reveal today. The Crown Prosecution Service’s 10th Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) report outlines the huge increases in convictions for rape (48%) and other sexual offences (79%) that have been witnessed in the decade since the first VAWG report was published in 2007-08.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 10th October 2017

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Child Protection in Sport chief says loophole must be closed – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 11th, 2017 in charities, child abuse, Ministry of Justice, news, sexual offences, sport, young persons by tracey

‘British sport’s most senior child protection officer has condemned what she branded “a lack of will” to change the law to prevent coaches having sex with 16 and 17-year-olds under their care on the back of football’s paedophile scandal.’

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Daily Telegraph, 10th October 2017

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Ex-staff member of Hampshire children’s home jailed for abuse – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2017 in child abuse, imprisonment, news, residential care, sentencing, sexual offences by sally

‘A former staff member at a children’s home has been jailed for 15 years for child abuse dating back to the 1980s.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2017

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Inquiry to examine claims of abuse by Cyril Smith in Rochdale – BBC News

Posted October 9th, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, news, residential care, sexual offences by sally

‘Allegations of sexual abuse at two children’s homes in Rochdale are due to be examined by the Independent Inquiry into child sexual abuse later.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2017

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Top police officer backs ‘Sammy’s law’ pardons for grooming victims – The Guardian

Posted October 9th, 2017 in child abuse, criminal records, gangs, news, police, sexual grooming, victims by sally

‘Victims of grooming gangs should be pardoned for crimes they committed under the direction of their abuser, Britain’s leading child protection police officer has said.’

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The Guardian, 8th October 2017

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Sir Edward Heath ‘would have been questioned’ over abuse claims – BBC News

Posted October 5th, 2017 in child abuse, news, parliament, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over sex abuse claims if he was alive when they came to light, police have said. Wiltshire Police launched Operation Conifer in 2015 when the former PM was accused of historical child sex abuse. The Conservative politician would have been interviewed under caution over seven claims, including the alleged rape of an 11-year-old, they said. No inference of guilt should be drawn from this, police stressed.’

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BBC News, 5th October 2017

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Sex abuse victims ‘failed’ by criminal payout scheme – BBC News

‘The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority is to be investigated over concerns it is failing child sex abuse victims, the Victims’ Commissioner has told 5 live Investigates.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2017

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Abuse inquiry ‘should hear more evidence from Cyril Smith complainants’ – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2017 in care homes, child abuse, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences by sally

‘More alleged victims of the former Liberal MP Cyril Smith and officials who investigated him should be allowed to testify at the child sexual abuse inquiry, a preliminary hearing has been told.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2017

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Children’s evidence and ABE interviews Children’s evidence – Family Law

Posted September 21st, 2017 in child abuse, children, disclosure, evidence, news, witnesses by sally

‘In Wolverhampton City Council v JA & Ors [2017] EWFC 62, Keehan J dealt with a care case which involved allegations of sexual abuse of two young girls. They were aged 13 (X) and 12 (Y) at the time of his judgment. The proceedings are continuing. There were a variety of allegations against the children’s father and two male friends of the mother dating back nearly ten years.’

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Family Law, 20th September 2017

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Lack of compensation for child sexual abuse victims ‘unacceptable’ – The Guardian

Posted September 20th, 2017 in child abuse, compensation, consent, news, sexual offences by sally

‘The children’s commissioner for England has condemned draft government rules that mean children as young as 12 could miss out on compensation because they “consented” to their own sexual abuse.’

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The Guardian, 19th September 2017

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Paedophile has sentenced doubled under ULS scheme – Attorney General’s Office

Posted September 18th, 2017 in appeals, child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A “House Parent” Stephen Joyce who sexually abused children while working at a boarding school in Torrington, Devon has sentence increased.’

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Attorney General's Office, 15th September 2017

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Police ‘may work with paedophile hunters’ – BBC News

‘Police have admitted they may have to work with “paedophile hunters” after research revealed a rise in their evidence being used in court. Figures obtained by the BBC show 11% of court cases in 2014 for the crime of meeting a child following sexual grooming used vigilante evidence, rising to 44% in 2016.’

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BBC News, 18th September 2017

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Revised UK child sexual ‘consent’ rules provoke backlash – The Guardian

Posted September 15th, 2017 in child abuse, compensation, consent, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘Sexually abused children as young as 12 could still be refused compensation by a government body on the grounds that they “consented,” under revised rules seen by the Guardian.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2017

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Predatory paedophile has his sentence increased by 3 years – Attorney General’s Office

‘Abingdon man who used fake online profiles to abuse children has his sentence increased by the Court of Appeal.’

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Attorney General’s Office, 12th September 2017

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Child sexual abuse inquiry to consider Edward Heath report – The Guardian

Posted September 11th, 2017 in child abuse, inquiries, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘The controversial police investigation into allegations that Sir Edward Heath was a paedophile will be considered by the London-based child sexual abuse inquiry.’

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The Guardian, 10th September 2017

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Abused children ‘refused compensation’ over consent – BBC News

Posted September 11th, 2017 in child abuse, compensation, consent, freedom of information, news, sexual grooming, victims by tracey

‘A woman sexually abused as a child by a grooming gang leader was told by a government body she “consented” to it. Sammy Woodhouse was initially denied compensation by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) which said she was not “manipulated”. A Freedom of Information request revealed she is one of nearly 700 child victims of sexual abuse, including grooming, to be refused payments.’

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BBC News, 11th September 2017

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Former MP to sue Scotland Yard over child sexual abuse investigation – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2017 in child abuse, compensation, fraud, news, perverting the course of justice, police by tracey

‘A former MP is to sue the Metropolitan police over their handling of the investigation into historical child sex abuse allegations against him. Harvey Proctor was cleared by the Met in 2016 after the collapse of Operation Midland, the £2.5m investigation into accusations of a paedophile ring operating in Westminster.’

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The Guardian, 7th September 2017

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UK couple sentenced for using BB gun to punish their children – The Guardian

Posted September 6th, 2017 in child abuse, domestic violence, news, sentencing, suspended sentences, weapons by sally

‘A husband and wife have been sentenced for shooting their children with a BB gun as punishment for not doing their chores satisfactorily.’

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The Guardian, 5th September 2017

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Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith death: Social workers ‘missed danger signs’ – BBC News

Posted September 6th, 2017 in child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, social services by sally

‘Social workers missed signs of danger around a toddler who was stamped to death and focused too much on the condition of the mother who killed her, a serious case review has found.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2017

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