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The consultation for the Domestic and Sexual Violence and Abuse Strategy was jointly launched today by the Health and Justice Ministers. The Health Minster, Edwin Poots and Justice Minister David Ford have launched the consultation which aims to further improve services and support for all victims and witnesses, and ensure…
Scotland lacks a clear strategy to tackle child sexual exploitation. This is just one of the key recommendations from a report issued today by the Scottish Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee. The report, the result of an inquiry into tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) in Scotland, also found that research is…
An increase in the number of reports of child sex abuse last year has prompted a charity to repeat its campaign urging parents to address the issue with their children. NSPCC Scotland has raised concerns over an increase in calls to its helpline and a rise in the number of…
A religious order of Catholic brothers has apologised for the abuse of boys in its care in Northern Ireland as the second day of an inquiry takes place in Banbridge. De La Salle ran a home in Kircubbin in Co Down which is due to be examined by a public…
A foster carer who sexually abused two young girls has been jailed for eight months. Herbert Keith Moss, 71, had previously denied two counts of sexual assault on a girl under 13 and one of indecent exposure to a child aged five. Moss of Mansfield, pleaded guilty in December at…
The Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) inquiry is due to begin investigating claims of child abuse in residential homes and borstals today. The Statutory Inquiry part of the investigation will cover allegations made during a period of 73 years, from 1922 to 1995. Over 400 people contacted the inquiry with claims…
A former Belfast priest has denied sexually abusing a girl while she was member of his parish in the 1980s. Peter Donnelly, from Castlewellan, County Down, is a former priest at St Matthew's Catholic church in east Belfast. The 71-year-old is accused of sexually assaulting the girl in the parochial…
A residential home whose residents were alleged victims of sexual abuse will remain closed while the county council considers the future of care services across Devon. Admissions to Birchen Lane care home, in Tiverton, were suspended in May after girls were reportedly supplied alcohol and propositioned by men away from…
A man accused of the historical sex abuse of youngsters at north Wales children's homes is facing additional charges. John Allen, 72, from Ipswich, appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court on Friday. The court heard he has been charged with 14 extra offences, including nine indecent assaults, one rape and two…
A "significant part" of the sexual exploitation committed against young girls in Rochdale should have been predicted and prevented, a serious case review has found. Five of six victims on whom the report focused were "clearly in need of early help and at times intervention" by safeguarding agencies for several…
An inquiry into child sexual exploitation is to be held to assess improvements in protecting youngsters since the Rochdale grooming case. Greater Manchester's Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd announced the inquiry would begin in the new year. Nine men from Rochdale and Oldham were jailed last year for running…
Convictions for sexual crimes rose 11% over a year despite falling for almost all other types of offence, according to official statistics. There were 866 convictions for sexual crimes in the year 2012/13, an increase from 783 in 2011/12. Rape and attempted rape convictions increased by 57% over the same…
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