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A statutory public inquiry will be held to examine historical cases of abuse of children in care in Scotland, the Scottish Government has announced. In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, the Cabinet Secretary for Education Angela Constance (pictured) said the full remit and appointments for the inquiry would be…
A compensation scheme set up for women who say they were sexually abused by television personality Jimmy Savile has been sanctioned by the Court of Appeal. Three appeal judges gave their verdict today after a charity which is the major beneficiary of Savile's estate raised concerns about the scheme. Lawyers…
A judge says he hopes more local authorities will use civil courts to target men who sexually exploit vulnerable girls in the wake of "bold and novel" legal moves by a city. Mr Justice Keehan recently concluded that 10 men from the Birmingham area sexually exploited a 17-year-old girl in…
Dozens more people have come forward to claim they were victims of child abuse in the Scouts a day after the movement issued an apology. Solicitor David McClenaghan (pictured) said 30 people called his firm overnight after seeing a BBC report about two historic cases. The UK Scout Association yesterday…
New research published by Cafcass explores the pre-existing vulnerabilities of victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and the implications for social work practitioners. The research, produced by Cafcass, illustrates that children with pre-existing vulnerabilities derived from their family lives – for example, those with a history of substance abuse or…
Significant delays in the investigation of child protection cases have been uncovered by inspectors within one of the country's biggest police forces. Officers at Greater Manchester Police (GMP), which was criticised in a serious case review in 2013 for failing girls who were passed around for sex by Rochdale sex…
Millions of "sickening and depraved" child abuse images will be removed from the internet as part of an international crackdown being launched by the Prime Minister. David Cameron also announced that crime fighters and spies will join forces to tackle persistent paedophiles who use the so-called "dark net" to share…
Three men have been charged with the indecent assault of a child over an investigation into allegations of historic abuse at a children's care home dating back to the 1980s. West Midlands Police said two men aged 69, Kenneth Owen from Dickon Hill Road, in Boston, Lincolnshire, and Alan Todd…
Only three in 20 violent crimes against children are reported to the police, a study has claimed. Research into crimes against children and young people in England and Wales by charity Victim Support and the University of Bedfordshire found violent offences were the most common crime affecting children - injuring…
The most senior judge in England and Wales said men who prey on vulnerable young girls for sex will be dealt with "severely", as he dismissed appeals from four paedophile groomers convicted of offences in Rochdale. The Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas refused applications to reduce their sentences after they…
The mother and stepfather of murdered four-year-old Daniel Pelka - who died after sustained and "incomprehensible" cruelty at their hands - have lost challenges at the Court of Appeal. Three judges in London rejected a bid by Mariusz Krezolek to appeal against his murder conviction - describing his application as…
People who have viewed child sex images online but are not likely to be "contact abusers" should be treated by health services rather than brought before a court, Britain's most senior child protection police chief has said. Simon Bailey, the Association of Chief Police Officers' (Acpo) lead officer on child…