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Alleged child abuse victim Mairia Cahill was "failed" by a disjointed Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) investigation, a watchdog said. In 2010 Ms Cahill, a grand-niece of prominent Belfast republican Joe Cahill, told officers she had been sexually abused by alleged IRA member Martin Morris - who was acquitted…
The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) had information about alleged abuse of children a decade before it was reported but did not investigate it, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland said. The watchdog found the force's Criminal Investigation Department received intelligence in 2000 which linked a man to alleged harm of…
A teacher who manipulated people around the world to sexually abuse children in their care was branded a "malign puppet master" by a judge as he was jailed. Richard Clark (pictured) used a series of false identities in order to "manipulate" victims into committing sexual abuse on children, recording the…
A woman has had seven children taken from her care after social workers raised concern about "chronic neglect" with family court judges. The woman's first child was removed from her home more than a decade ago and a judge has now approved the permanent removal of the remaining six. Recorder…
Ministers have been urged to make reporting child abuse mandatory after a major cover-up at two leading Catholic schools. The call in the House of Lords for action came after a report found monks at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset hid allegations of "appalling sexual abuse" against…
As the next school year begins, a new study has identified the impact that early trauma has on a child’s education and prospects for good future health. Published in the journal BMC Public Health, the study talked to adults in Wales about their exposure to childhood maltreatment and other early…
Intelligence around female genital mutilation (FGM) has been branded "quite frankly woeful" by the lead officer who said the lack of a conviction in the UK is unacceptable. Commander Ivan Balhatchet of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) appealed to the public, support groups and those who work with children…
A disgraced police inspector who admitted making or distributing more than 300 indecent images of children has been sacked. Lee Bartram, of West Midlands Police, was thrown out of the force at a fast-track gross misconduct hearing held at its headquarters on Thursday. Chief Constable David Thompson told the special…
Twelve men have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield. The hearings at the West Yorkshire town's magistrates court (pictured) on Thursday follow the appearance of 18 people on Wednesday, who were arrested as part of the same police investigation. For…
Victims of abuse in care are calling for a financial compensation scheme, with contributions from residential care providers, local authorities and religious orders as the “responsible” parties. A review group set up by the Scottish Government to look at a potential redress scheme for abuse survivors has made 14 recommendations…
Seventeen men and a woman have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield. More than 20 police were on duty outside the West Yorkshire town's magistrates' court as the defendants appeared before District Judge Michael Fanning in small batches. A small…
Residential establishments run by three male religious orders will be examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in a phase of public hearings announced to begin in summer next year. Institutions run by the Order of Benedictines, the Marist Brothers and the Christian Brothers - orders within the Catholic Church…
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