Archive for the 'child abuse' Category

Massive fall in child abuse deaths linked to new protection policies – The Independent

“Child deaths from abuse have fallen dramatically over the past 30 years, new figures show. With social workers frequently vilified after the death of a child at the hands of adult guardians, the findings – published in Archives of Disease in Childhood – act as tribute to the success of child protection policies and those who implement them.”

Full story

The Independent, 5th May 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Judge raps care ‘failures’ in paedophile case – The Independent

“A High Court judge investigating a mother with learning difficulties whose children became victims of a dangerous paedophile has strongly condemned the way the case was handled by a county’s social services.”

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The Independent, 21st April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Bonhoeffer QC: ‘unlawful’ to admit hearsay evidence – The Independent

“A key witness in a case involving allegations of child abuse against a celebrated children’s doctor is prepared to fly to London to give evidence at a General Medical Council hearing, a court heard today.”

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The Independent, 8th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Abuse claims against surgeon could not be prosecuted in UK – The Independent

“Police investigating allegations that a heart specialist who worked at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital had sexually abused children in Kenya found they would have been unable to bring a prosecution because the alleged offences occurred before May 2004, a spokesman for Scotland Yard said yesterday.”

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The Independent, 8th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Teacher jailed for raping pupil – The Independent

“A teacher who raped and sexually assaulted one of his pupils after abducting her from a school disco was jailed for nine years today.”

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The Independent, 7th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Teacher jailed for sex with pupils – The Independent

“A teacher who dubbed himself the ‘Salford Stallion’ as he slept with three of his high school pupils was today jailed for six years.”

Full story

The Independent, 5th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Sarah’s Law’ scheme covers all England and Wales – BBC News

“A scheme allowing parents to check if someone in contact with their child is a sex offender now extends to all 43 police forces in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ruling on expert witnesses worries child-abuse lawyers – The Independent

“Vital expert witnesses may be too afraid to testify because of the ‘chilling effect’ of a Supreme Court ruling that leaves them open to being sued, lawyers warned yesterday.”

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The Independent, 3rd April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Sharon Shoesmith in appeal over sacking – The Independent

“Sharon Shoesmith has launched a Court of Appeal battle over her sacking after the Baby P tragedy.”

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The Independent, 28th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Car boot trader who filmed sex abuse of boys jailed – BBC News

“A man who filmed himself sexually abusing boys at his homes in Manchester and Liverpool, has been jailed.”

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BBC News, 24th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Stoke-on-Trent Muslim sexual abuse cleric jailed – BBC News

“A Muslim cleric who sexually assaulted two boys at a mosque in Stoke-on-Trent has been sentenced to 16 years in jail.”

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BBC News, 18th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sex cult leader ‘could die in jail’ – The Independent

“An ‘evil’ sex cult leader who preyed on children and forced women into prostitution was jailed today and warned he could be behind bars for life.”

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The Independent, 11th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Father of children found dead in Spain jailed on sex charges – The Guardian

“A paedophile whose partner is accused of murdering their two children in a Spanish hotel has been jailed for 16 years.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Facebook threatens to sue Daily Mail over paedophile story – The Guardian

“Facebook is threatening legal action against the Daily Mail amid a dispute over the headline of a front page story that named the social networking website in the context of a story about a paedophile gang operating in Devon.”

Full story

The Guardian, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Couple given children back after judge overturns court ruling – Daily Telegraph

“A couple have been reunited with their children after a family court’s decision to separate them was overturned by a judge who criticised the ‘brisk’ nature of the original hearing.”

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd February 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Sex crime entertainer Jason Gaunt ‘acted like teenager’ – BBC News

“A children’s entertainer cannot be sentenced for sex offences against boys until a psychological assessment has taken place, a judge has said.”

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BBC news, 17th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Torbay child sexual exploitation investigated – BBC News

“A major child abuse investigation is being carried out in Devon. Thousands of parents of children at secondary schools in Torbay and Teignbridge have been sent letters informing them of the investigation.”

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BBC News, 17th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Criminal checks on people working with children to be eased – The Guardian

“More than half of the 9 million people who have needed criminal record checks to work with children and vulnerable adults are to be freed from the burden under new legislation.”

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The Guardian, 11th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Paedophiles spared jail because of their age – The Independent

“A steward at Windsor Castle was given a suspended prison sentence today for grooming and abusing a young boy 25 years ago.”

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The Independent, 4th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Paedophile jailed for abusing six-year-old girls – The Guardian

“Somerset man dubbed Al the Paedo by work colleagues receives 10-year sentence for ‘dreadful breach of trust.’ ”

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Weston paedophile babysitter facing jail – BBC News

“A man who babysat for a family is facing a lengthy prison sentence after admitting a string of sex attacks on young children.”

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BBC News, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Camden Council driver cleared by CRB check abused child – BBC News

“A man cleared in a background check had child abuse convictions and went on to abuse a child, it has emerged.”

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BBC News, 1st February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Child sex attacker who snatched girl from street jailed – BBC News

“A sex attacker snatched a 10-year-old girl from the street and abused her before taking his young son on holiday.”

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BBC News, 24th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rochdale child rapist Neil Traynor jailed indefinitely – BBC News

“A 35-year-old man has been jailed indefinitely for sexually abusing two young girls in Rochdale.”

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BBC News, 21st January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Retired school caretaker jailed for abusing boys – The Independent

“A retired school caretaker and football coach who sexually abused young boys for 35 years was starting an indefinite prison sentence today.”

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The Independent, 15th January 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Social worker suspended over ignored child warning – BBC news

“A social worker who failed to pass on details about the abuse of a toddler a week before she was murdered has been suspended for two years.”

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BBC News, 12th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Lawyer with 20 years experience suing paedophile priests in US comes to UK – The Guardian

“A leading US litigator who has spent more than 20 years suing US-based paedophile priests and the church officials who moved them from parish to parish is joining a new legal practice dedicated to rooting out clerical sexual abuse in the UK.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Colin Blanchard could spend life in jail for role in paedophile ring – The Guardian

“Colin Blanchard, the IT consultant who created and shared images of child sex abuse with nursery worker Vanessa George, could spend the rest of his life in jail for his role as the ‘hub’ of a paedophile ring.”

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The Guardian, 10th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ringleaders of Derby sex abuse grooming gang jailed – BBC News

“The ringleaders of a gang which groomed and abused teenage girls in Derby have been given indeterminate jail terms.”

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BBC News, 7th January 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CPS publishes guidance on Non-Accidental Head Injury cases involving children – Crown Prosecution Service

“Updated guidance for prosecutors on dealing with Non-Accidental Head Injury (NAHI) cases involving children, formerly known as ‘Shaken Baby Syndrome’ cases, has been published today by the Crown Prosecution Service.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 6th January 2011

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Murder convictions for child head injuries to require extra evidence – CPS – The Guardian

“Evidence of head injuries is unlikely to be sufficient on its own to charge someone with homicide, attempted murder or assault of young children, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.”

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The Guardian, 6th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Appeal hearing over baby injury case in Suffolk – BBC News

“A 34-year-old woman from Suffolk found guilty of injuring a baby in her care has won the first stage of an Appeal Court bid to clear her name.”

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BBC News, 9th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Abuse victim wins ‘six-figure’ pay-out from paedophile – BBC News

“A man from Cornwall has won damages from a ‘predatory paedophile’ whom police fear may have abused thousands of boys over a 35-year period.”

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BBC News, 3rd December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Abuser who videoed attacks on toddler jailed for murder – The Guardian

“A man who filmed himself attacking a 15-month-old repeatedly over six months has been jailed for 24 years for the boy’s murder.”

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The Guardian, 2nd December 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Coroner rules out inquest into death of Baby P – The Independent

“An inquest into the death of Baby P will not go ahead, a coroner ruled today.”

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The Independent, 30th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

‘Horrific abuse’ by Cornwall paedophile ring – BBC News

“A major paedophile ring which abused about 30 young girls in Cornwall has been smashed by police.”

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BBC News, 26th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Paedophile name-change ‘danger’ threatens Sarah’s Law – BBC News

“A law being brought in to protect children from sex offenders will be undermined because it is too easy for them to change their name without informing the authorities, a children’s charity has warned.”

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BBC News, 28th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Baby P doctor wins fresh chance over hearing – The Independent

“A doctor accused of failing to spot that Baby P had a broken back days before his death today won a crucial High Court battle in her bid to avoid a disciplinary hearing.”

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The Independent, 25th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Supreme court clears way to deport rapist – The Independent

“A Somali national jailed for rape and indecency with a child faces deportation following a ruling of the Supreme Court.”

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The Independent, 25th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Men convicted in shocking sex abuse case – Crown Prosecution Service

“Five men have been convicted of a string of sexual offences against young, vulnerable teenage girls and women in a case described as one of ‘shocking and persistent abuse’ by Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Samantha Shallow. Three other men were found guilty of related offences.”

Full press release

Crown Prosecution Service, 24th November 2010

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Agencies ‘missed chances’ to help Derby sex gang girls – BBC News

“Agencies ‘missed opportunities’  to help girls caught up in a sexual exploitation ring, an independent inquiry has found.”

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BBC News, 25th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Derby sex gang convicted of grooming and abusing girls – BBC News

“A gang of men from Derby has been convicted of systematically grooming and sexually abusing teenage girls.”

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BBC  News, 24th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Shoesmith appeals high court dismissal ruling – The Guardian

“Sharon Shoesmith has launched an appeal against the high court ruling earlier this year which rejected her claim that she was unfairly sacked as director of Haringey children’s services after the death of baby Peter Connelly, the Guardian has learned.”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Paedophile who killed wife jailed for 19 years – The Guardian

“A paedophile who bludgeoned his wife to death with a hammer to spare her the shame of discovering his child sex offending was jailed for a minimum of 19 years today (10 November).”

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The Guardian, 10th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sharon Shoesmith Baby P legal bid costs nearly £500,000 – BBC News

“A legal battle by the council director sacked over the death of Baby P has cost taxpayers nearly £500,000.”

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BBC News, 8th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Five guilty of grooming teenage girls for sex – The Independent

“Five men were condemned as ‘sexual predators’  by a judge today as he handed down lengthy jail terms after they were found guilty of grooming teenage girls for sex.”

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The Independent, 5th November 2010

Source: www.indpedent.co.uk

Vanessa George abuse case: Authorities dispute blame – The Guardian

“A dispute erupted today over who could have stepped in to deal with poor management at the nursery where worker Vanessa George abused children in her care. A serious case review on the George case concluded that poor regulation, inadequate training and a lack of supervision at Little Ted’s nursery in Plymouth created an ‘ideal environment’ within which she could sexually assault infants.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Baby P doctor can challenge GMC ruling – The Independent

“A doctor accused of failing to spot that Baby P had a broken back days before his death was today given the opportunity to bring a High Court challenge in a bid to halt a disciplinary hearing.”

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The Independent, 29th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Baby P doctor to launch legal battle – The Independent

“A doctor accused of failing to spot that Baby P had a broken back days before his death will launch a High Court battle today to avoid a public disciplinary hearing on health grounds.”

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The Independent, 29th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Appeal court verdict could open the door for vicarious liability claimants – The Guardian

“This week, the question of who is potentially liable for the alleged physical and sexual abuse of 150 pupils at St William’s boys’ school in east Yorkshire between 1960 and 1992 was considered by the court of appeal. In 2004 the main abuser, Brother James Carragher, headmaster during this period, was convicted of abusing boys at the home.”

Full story

The Guardian, 27th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Court setback for Catholic child welfare society – The Independent

“A Catholic child welfare society which may face a multi-million damages claim over abuse at a school failed today to offload some of the liability.”

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The Independent, 26th October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Former PE teacher jailed for Scarborough child abuse – BBC News

“A former PE teacher who abused young girls in North Yorkshire more than 30 years ago has been jailed.”

Full story

BBC  News, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Baby P social workers lose unfair dismissal claim – The Independent

“Two social workers sacked over the Baby P tragedy have lost their claim for unfair dismissal, it emerged today.”

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The Independent, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Priest jailed for 21 years on child abuse charges – Daily Telegraph

“A former priest, James Robinson, who fled to the United States 25 years ago has been jailed for 21 years for the sexual abuse of young boys which began in the 1950s.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Scrutiny of vetting and barring scheme gets underway – Home Office

“The system of checks that people working with children and vulnerable adults are required to undergo will be considered afresh in a radical examination of the Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS). The Government today outlined the terms of a thorough review of the VBS which will re-examine whether the scheme is the most appropriate mechanism to protect children and vulnerable people and, if so, how many roles should be covered by it.”

Full press release

Home Office, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk


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