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More than 20 charities, including Oxfam Great Britain, have pledged to boost safeguarding and are calling on people to report unacceptable behaviour. The aid agencies said there can be no tolerance for "the abuse of power, privilege or trust" within their organisations, and said they are "truly sorry" that their…
Grooming gangs that preyed on 700 girls and vulnerable young women in the North East carried out their abuse with "arrogant persistence" before a major operation was launched to stop them, a Serious Case Review has found. A 150-page report has been published into the authorities' response to child sexual…
The Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) and the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) have published a Joint Serious Case review to consider and learn from sexual exploitation involving children and young adults in Newcastle. The Joint Serious Case Review fulfills the NSAB's duty under Section 44 of the Care Act…
A former Church of England priest who sexually abused boys has been put behind bars for a second time. Colin Pritchard changed his name to Ifor Whittaker after he was handed a five-year sentence at Northampton Crown Court in 2008 after admitting abusing two children in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, between 1979…
A Unicef executive has quit after allegations were made of inappropriate behaviour while he worked for Save the Children. Justin Forsyth resigned as deputy executive director of Unicef in New York after his former colleagues complained about his conduct. Mr Forsyth previously admitted making "some personal mistakes" during his time…
Oxfam Great Britain has been temporarily suspended in Haiti pending an investigation into how the charity handled the case of former staff paying for sex. The aid group said senior members of staff met officials from the Haiti government on Thursday and pledged their commitment to cooperating with the probe.…
Crimes will be treated as more serious if they are committed in a domestic setting under new sentencing guidelines. People who subject spouses, partners or family members to abuse will face tougher punishments than those who commit similar offences in a non-domestic context. For the first time official guidance for…
Most victims of sexual assault allow the attack to happen, a forensic medical expert has told the rape trial of two Irish rugby players. Janet Hall, who has extensive experience of dealing with the victims of sexual assault, was asked by a prosecution barrister whether the majority resisted. She told…
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