Nottingham County Council leader Councillor Kay Cutts apologises publicly to the victims who suffered “horrible and heinous” historic child sex abuse while under the care of Nottingham Council.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) is investigating abuse that happened to children when they were placed into Children’s home or foster care by councils. The IICSA is a national inquiry and will look at 13 investigations across a wide range of institutions including local authorities. A total of 350 people have come forward with allegations of sexual and physical abuse against 532 different suspects so far.

Councillor Kay Cutts spoke about the incidents of abuse at the meeting of the full council and said she felt “deeply saddened and ashamed” and that the incidents of abuse were a “dreadful stain” on the history of Nottingham council. However, she was confident that the service had now changed and the council were helping the children placed in care have a better chance in life.

She added: “Some children were entrusted to our care and we failed them. We now know that they were subjected to horrible and heinous abuse that has left many damaged and scarred for life. They suffered at the hands of devious people who had malice in mind. The fact that this happened is something that leaves me personally feeling deeply saddened and ashamed.”

Following this statement Mandy Coupland, co-founder of Nottinghamshire Child Sexual Abuse Survivors Group, said “I really welcome today’s apology. It’s another landmark day fighting child sexual abuse. What I would like now is for the city council to make an apology. That would be really welcomed by survivors.”

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