Police have credited “Operation Seabrook” for the rise in reported sexual offences, reported by the NSPCC recently – see our earlier article here
Durham Constabulary launched the criminal investigation in 2013, targeting allegations of sexual and physical abuse of detainees of Medomsley Detention Centre near County Durham by former members of staff.
They have said over 1,180 former inmates have come forward to give their recollection of events.
Helen Murphy, from Durham Police’s safeguarding unit, told ITV: “As is the case with other police forces, we have seen an increase in reporting of sexual abuse by both children, adults now reporting abuse they suffered as children and by adults. We believe this is due to an increase in confidence of the community to come forward and report the abuse rather than an increase in offending,”
Durham credits its success with its adoption of a new training package aimed at protecting children from abuse entitled ‘Intervene to Protect a Child’ (IPC). The training is delivered by Mentor Forensic Services director Dr Joe Sullivan. The constabulary believes they were the first in the country to implement this.
David Gibbs, Chartered Legal Executive at Jordans Solicitors said: “Operation Seabrook has resulted in an unprecedented number of victims of historic abuse coming forward. Durham Police are working tirelessly into investigating all allegations and bringing the alleged abusers to justice.
“We are working closely with the police and hope that the information being shared between us will be of benefit to the many victims of abuse at Medomsley.”