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Express and Star 16/12/14
Abuse probe call from Tettenhall College ‘sexual abuse victims’
Alleged victims of historical sexual abuse at Tettenhall College have called for a public inquiry into exploitation at the school. Read more here.
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BBC News 11/12/14
Scouts child abuse claims prompt more to come forward
A further 30 people have come forward claiming they were abused as children in the Scouts. Read more here.
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Sky News 5/12/14
Sex Abuse Victims To Withdraw From Inquiry
Victims of alleged historical sex abuse say they are going to pull out of an inquiry led by the Home Office. Read more here.
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4/12/14
Historical Child Sex Abuse Inquiry Suffers Further Setback
Survivors and professionals have sent a letter to Home Secretary Theresa May saying they have lost confidence in the child sex abuse inquiry. Read more here.
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1/12/14
John Allen jailed for child abuse at Wrexham care homes
A paedophile who ran children’s homes in Wrexham has been jailed for life for sexually assaulting youngsters in a campaign of abuse spanning decades. Read more here.
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Daily Mail 30/11/14
Care home owner found guilty of sex crimes against children ‘supplied boys for Westminster paedophile parties’
A paedophile who built up an established network of care homes has been accused of supplying boys for Westminster sex parties. Read more here.
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BBC News 27/11/14
John Allen trial: Wrexham home boss guilty of 33 abuse charges
A man who ran children’s homes in north Wales has been found guilty of sexually assaulting youngsters in a campaign of abuse spanning decades. Read more here.
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John Allen trial: Former children’s home boss guilty of 26 abuse charges
A former children’s homes boss has been found guilty of 26 charges of sexually abusing youngsters in Wrexham.
John Allen, 73, of Needham Market, Suffolk, denies 40 counts of sexual abuse against 19 boys and one girl in the late 1960s up to the early 1990s. Read more here.
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The Guardian 19th November 2014
Rotherham abuse scandal: IPCC to investigate conduct of 10 police officers
South Yorkshire officers were identified in Jay report, which found that 1,400 children had been sexually exploited in town. Read more here.
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The Guardian 5th November 2014
Former aide to Duke of Edinburgh denies sex abuse charges
Benjamin Herman, 79, to stand trial next year charged with four counts of abusing a young girl in the early 1970s. Read more here.
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BBC News 5th November 2014
Children’s homes boss John Allen denies sex interest in boys
A north Wales children’s homes boss accused of sexually abusing children has denied ever having a sexual interest in young boys. Read more here.
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BBC News 5th November 2014
Ray Teret denies raping girl with Jimmy Savile
A former radio DJ has denied raping a 15-year-old girl alongside Jimmy Savile in the 1960s. Read more here.
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BBC News 31st October 2014
Abuse inquiry: Fiona Woolf steps down as chairwoman
Fiona Woolf is to step down as the head of an inquiry into historic child sex abuse, she has told the BBC. Read more here.
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BBC News 22nd October 2014
Abuse-risk children ‘let down by Sheffield police’
Hundreds of young people at risk of child sexual exploitation in Sheffield were let down by police, a whistleblower has claimed. Read more here.
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BBC News 20th Ocotober 2014
Paedophiles who download images ‘won’t all be charged’
Some paedophiles with images of child abuse will escape prosecution, the head of the National Crime Agency has said. Read more here.
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BBC News 18th October 2014
Abuse scandal boss given £40k payout
Rotherham Council’s director of children’s services was paid £40,000 to leave in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal, it has been revealed. Read more here.
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BBC News 17th October 2014
Children’s mental health projects now eligible for grants
Groups offering mental health support to children and young people in England are for the first time eligible for government top-up grants. Read more here.
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ITV News 15th October 2014
Two Dewsbury men charged with sexual offences
Police in Wakefield have charged two men in connection with an ongoing investigation into sexual offences. 37-year-old Ismail Haji and 35-year-old Mohammed Chothia will appear at Wakefield Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning. Ismail Haji has been charged with two offences of rape, an offence of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offence. Mohammed Chothia has been charged with sexual assault, an offence of trafficking with a view to sexual exploitation and a sexual grooming offence. They have been charged in relation to offences against two juvenile females and an adult female from the Wakefield area alleged to have occurred between September and October this year.
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BBC News 13th October 2014
Rotherham abuse: NCA to investigate child sex allegations
The National Crime Agency (NCA) is to lead an investigation into outstanding allegations of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. Read more here.
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BBC News 6th October 2014
American man groomed then abducted Cornish girl, 14. A man from the US has admitted abducting a girl from Cornwall whom he groomed on the internet. Read more here.
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BBC News 3rd October
Police ‘overwhelmed’ by number of child abuse images
Police forces are struggling to cope with the mountain of child abuse images they have to deal with, according to children’s charity the NSPCC. Read more here.
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BBC News 2nd October
Council sent abused girl back home to rapist father
Read the article here.
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BBC News 29th September
DJ Travis sentence to be reviewed
The three-month suspended sentence given to former BBC DJ Dave Lee Travis for indecent assault is to be reviewed by UK attorney general’s office. Read more here.
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BBC News 26th September
Teachers ‘vital’ in child protection
More than two-thirds of UK teachers have raised concerns about the safety and well-being of their pupils in the past year, a survey suggests.
Read more here.
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Sky News 22nd September
Judge Allows Majority Verdict In DLT Trial
Read the article here.
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The Guardian 15th September 2014
Sexual abuse in prison needs urgent investigation, commission warns
Read the full article here.
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BBC News 14th September 2014
Victims of crime law planned by government
Crime victims in England and Wales are to be given legal rights for the first time, the justice secretary has said. Continue reading this article.
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BBC News 12th September 2014
Op Pallial: Dead paedophile faced 38 new abuse charges
Detectives investigating historical abuse at north Wales children’s homes say a paedophile head teacher who died in prison would have faced fresh charges.
Officers say Peter Howarth would have faced 38 claims of abuse from 19 people.
However, Howarth died in 1997 while in jail for sex assaults on boys.
The new claims came to light as part of the National Crime Agency (NCA)’s Operation Pallial investigation.
All allegations received – even in cases where potential offenders have since died – are being examined, said the NCA.
The Howarth investigation is the first of these to be completed and the files passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Detectives said the sexual abuse offences were all against boys aged between 11 and 12, and between 14 and 16-years-old at the time they were alleged to have taken placed.
Howarth worked at Bryn Estyn home in Wrexham between November 1973 and July 1984. He also taught at the Axwell Park School in Gateshead in the 1960s and 1970s.
He was jailed in 1994 for what was described as “dreadful and disgusting” sexual attacks on boys.
He died at HMP Wakefield Prison in April 1997.
Detectives from Operation Pallial said they have spoken to all those who lodged complaints about him, and that their inquiries in this case are now complete.
A further seven people have yet to be updated because they have made further allegations against live suspects and these inquiries may result in court appearances.
A total of 21 people have now been arrested or interviewed under caution in the Operation Pallial investigation.
Twelve people have been charged, with the remainder on bail.
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BBC News 11th September 2014
Rotherham abuse: ‘No confidence’ in PCC Shaun Wright
A vote of no confidence in South Yorkshire police commissioner Shaun Wright has been passed by the county’s police and crime panel. Continue reading this article.
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Solar Centre – BBC Look North and ITV Calendar News 15.09.12
Jordans Solicitors has been working to support the victims and their families and has been instrumental in persuading the Crown Prosecution Service to re-visit the case.
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St William’s Update 25th July 2012
The Supreme Court considered the final appeal by the Diocese of Middlesbrough against a finding that they are responsible for compensating claimants who were abused at St William’s. Read the press article below.
http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2012-07-23/compensation-over-alleged-abuse-at-catholic-school/
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St William’s Supreme Court Hearing 23rd July 2012

Please feel free to request an article written by Jordans Solicitors about the St William’s Supreme Court hearing that took place on the 23rd July 2012.
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ST WILLIAM’S UPDATE 03.08.11.

Please see below an article posted in the East Riding Gazette which summarizes the most recent police investigation.
http://www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk/arrested-children-s-home-sex-abuse-case/story-13060632-detail/story.html
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SURVIVOR’S VOICE EUROPE LAUNCH EVENT SAT MARCH 26TH 1.30-4.00pm CONWAY HALL LONDON

Survivor’s Voice Europe is an international community of man and women who were abused by Catholic priests in childhood. Despite suffering the worst betrayal of body and trust they find that talking to eachother and sharing their experiences they can gain strength and hope. Please see the details on www.survivorsvoice-europe.org
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ST WILLIAM’S UPDATE 18.03.11.

ST WILLIAMS CHILDRENS HOME
MARKET WEIGHTON EAST YORKSHIRE
The Supreme Court has allowed permission for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough to appeal from it’s unsuccessful bid in the Court of Appeal to blame another Catholic organisation for child abuse at the St William’s Childrens Home. The Supreme Court is the last avenue of appeal open to this Catholic Diocese.
The Court of Appeal had decided on the 26 October 2010 that the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough was responsible for compensating victims of child abuse at the St Williams Childrens Home, Market Weighton, East Yorkshire between 1960 and 1992.
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ST WILLIAM’S UPDATE 02.12.10.

YORKSHIRE POST NEWS ARTICLE 09.12.10
The Court of Appeal have decided on 26th October 2010 that the Diocese of Middlesbrough alone was the responsible organisation controlling staff at St Williams.
The Diocese has been refused permission to appeal from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme court. They have now lodged a new attempt to appeal with the Supreme court. They are asking the Supreme court direct for permission to have the case heard there.
There is good news however as the Diocese now accepts that it will not appeal against the decision that it is responsible for the whole time that St Williams was open. It simply wants to off load some of the responsibility onto the other Catholic organisation mentioned in the case, the De La Salle organisation.
A decision of the Supreme court is expected in January.
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DEREK SLADE, BOARDING SCHOOL HEADTEACHER JAILED
Derek Slade, a former headteacher of a boarding school was charged with over 50 sexual offences with boys has been sentenced to 21 years imprisonment. 06.09.10. Read more.
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THE HORRIFIC TRADE IN BRITISH CHILDREN FOR SEX
An Independant article revealing how the terrible plight of foreign women trafficked into the UK and forced to work as prostitutes has overshadowed a home-grown scandal. 15th August 2010 for full article visit The Independant
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PROTECTING CHILDREN FROM THEIR PROTECTORS
Telegraph article commenting on gaps in the current system of safeguarding vulnerable children in Council care. The article leads to informative examples of system failures. 8th August 2010 full article at The Telegraph
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ST WILLIAM’S CASE – UPDATE – JAN 2010 Yorkshire Post article giving details of the case of 142 claimants taking action through Jordans against the Catholic Church arising from abuse at a children’s home in Yorkshire. Jan 2010. Read more

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