Rotherham Men Jailed for Sexual Abuse

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Six Rotherham men have been jailed for plying two girls with alcohol and cannabis and then sexually abusing them. Sheffield Crown Court heard that all the offences took place in Rotherham, South Yorkshire between 1999 and 2001. One victim was 13 years old when the abuse began. The other victim was 11 years old and…

NICE guidance produced to look for ‘soft’ signs of child abuse

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The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have produced guideline information for teachers, police officers, nursery staff and other professionals. The guidelines show what the “soft” signs are that may indicate that a child is being abused or neglected. NICE was asked by the Department for Education and the Department of Health to…

Men Charged with Abuse at Underley Hall School deny charges

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Six men appeared at South Cumbria Magistrates Court in Kendal on the 15th February 2017 to be charged with offences they are alleged to have committed whilst working at Underley Hall School between the 1970’s and 1990’s. Underley Hall School near Kirby Lonsdale in Cumbria was a residential school for boys with behavioural difficulties which…

Child sexual abuse: Agencies to get £40m funding boost

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£40 million has been pledged by Ministers towards the fight against child sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking. A new “centre of expertise” costing £7.5 million, is hoped to be set up to offer guidance to professionals on the front line. In 2015, a new strategy was published by the Government for addressing the failures in…

Swansea Council face abuse allegations

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Four children have commenced legal proceedings against Swansea Council claiming that the Council did not protect them against their abusive parents. They are seeking compensation in the region of £200,000.00. Court papers  detailing allegations against Swansea Council were lodged at the Royal Courts of Justice in December 2016 by the children’s Official Solicitor. It is…

Ex Thorpe Arch Grange staff convicted of abuse

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Roy Allen and Roy Lovatt, former staff at Thorpe Arch Grange Children’s home in Leeds, have been convicted of sexual offences committed against boys at the home. The prosecutions have resulted from the large scale investigation by West Yorkshire Police into allegations of sexual abuse and assault at various childrens home in Leeds. Further criminal…

Former Teacher of St Paul’s School in London Convicted of Indecent Assaults

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Patrick Marshall 68, a former teacher of St Paul’s School in London has been found guilty of 24 offences of indecent assaults and 1 count of indecency with a child. The offences took place when  Patrick Marshall was teaching at St Paul’s School in London and Windsor Boy’s School in the 1970’s. The offences involved…

Sex Abuse Bishop Peter Ball Released from Prison

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Two figures in the church had raised concerns about Peter Ball but were urged to keep quiet and so no action was taken. A couple, who worked for the former Bishop of Lewes and Bishop of Gloucester, said they had also raised concerns but they were ignored. Cliff James told a member of clergy in…

Roger Dodds, Ex Sheffield City Council Employee Jailed for Sex Abuse

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Roger Dodds aged 81 years has been jailed for 16 years for forcing teenagers to engage in sexual acts to get grant payments. He also indecently assaulted his colleagues whilst working for the Council’s Education Department between the years of 1975 and 1993. In the 1970’s Dodds worked for Sheffield Council and was responsible for…