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The Prime Minister is facing calls to guarantee that police and intelligence officers who give evidence over an alleged VIP paedophile ring in Westminster will not be prosecuted. It emerged yesterday that Scotland Yard is being investigated over claims that it covered up child sex abuse because of the involvement…
Children's care watchdog Ofsted failed to uncover widespread sexual abuse in Rotherham because it took the word of local authority staff, MPs have found. The Communities and Local Government Committee said inspectors focused on whether paperwork was in order rather than examining the practical care of youngsters. The cross-party group…
An undercover police operation that had gathered compelling evidence of child abuse by a prominent MP and a member of Britain's intelligence agencies was scrapped shortly after detectives moved in to make arrests, it was reported tonight. Police officers brought in the Liberal MP Sir Cyril Smith during an inquiry…
The police watchdog is investigating claims that Scotland Yard covered up child sex offences because of the involvement of MPs and police officers. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said it is investigating 14 referrals detailing alleged corruption in the Metropolitan Police which relate to child sex offences from the…
Child sex abuse is "woven, covertly, into the fabric" of British society, Theresa May has warned. The Home Secretary said the announcement this week of panel members and new terms of reference for the Parliamentary inquiry into historical abuse marked a "new beginning" for the probe. But she said the…
None of the police officers involved in the investigation of the Rochdale child sex abuse scandal will face misconduct proceedings. Although one of the seven officers issued with misconduct notices was found to have a case to answer, the detective inspector has since retired from Greater Manchester Police (GMP). The…
A new four person panel, including Professor Alexis Jay (pictured), has been revealed by Home Secretary Theresa May for the reformed statutory inquiry into child sex abuse. Mrs May said Drusilla Sharpling, Ivor Frank and Malcolm Evans will also serve alongside Justice Lowell Goddard, a New Zealand judge. New terms…
Home Secretary Theresa May will decide by the end of the month whether the inquiry into historic child sex abuse involving a Westminster paedophile ring will investigate allegations from before the 1970s. Mrs May dissolved the original panel after two chairs were forced to stand down over their links to…
Survivors of historical abuse in care or in institutions in Scotland are being asked to help shape the recently announced Inquiry into historical abuse at events next week. Additional meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow have now been arranged by the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)…
Children as young as seven are posting sexual images of themselves on the internet which are falling into the hands of sex offenders, a new report has warned. The "horrifying" study findings show that children are allowing strangers to view them in sexual poses in their bedrooms via webcams, egged…
Children in Britain have suffered sexual abuse on an "industrial scale" with the authorities failing to act, David Cameron said. The Prime Minister called a Downing Street summit to address the issue following a series of child sexual exploitation scandals in areas including Rotherham and Oxfordshire. He said too many…
The sexual exploitation of hundreds of girls in Oxfordshire should never have happened, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan said as she criticised police and social workers for failing to protect them. Ms Morgan described a highly critical serious case review which details a catalogue of errors by the authorities as an…