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Three sisters whose parents did not give them names have been taken into care following family court hearings. The eldest girl has been adopted and the younger girls placed for adoption. Detail has emerged in a judge's ruling published on a legal website. Judge Sarah Lynch said she had been…
Lawyers have vowed to fight on with a long-running, multimillion-pound compensation claim over alleged sex abuse in a Catholic children's home despite losing three out of four first "test" cases. A total of 249 men have lodged claims against the Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle Institute which…
Police and social services staff have come under fire from a High Court judge who said there were systemic flaws in a joint investigation relating to two children. Mr Justice Cobb made "many criticisms" of the investigation by West Yorkshire Police and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. He outlined concerns in…
A senior family court judge has concluded that a girl was "brutally" sexually assaulted by an uncle for the best part of a decade - nine months after a prosecution was halted. Police had investigated after the girl, now 14, told a teacher that she had been sexually abused and…
The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into how a leading Roman Catholic independent school has handled allegations of child sexual abuse. Ampleforth College, in North Yorkshire, is already the subject of a police investigation into historical allegations of abuse. In September the Right Reverend Cuthbert Madden, Ampleforth College's chairman…
A computer game enabling trainee social workers to immerse themselves in a wide range of challenging situations is among a range of initiatives being developed by the University of Huddersfield, backed by the Departments of Health and Education, million-pound Social Work Teaching Partnerships. The major new policy of creating Social…
A former boarding school teacher who sexually abused four pupils and had sex with one girl on his wife's wedding dress to "satisfy his fantasies" has been jailed for 12 years. Oxford-educated Simon Ball, 42, admitted sexually abusing one girl while he was director of music at Kimbolton School near…
Sheffield Hallam University has become one of the first universities in the country to sign up to the Care Leavers' Covenant, to demonstrate its commitment to support young people who have experienced the care system. The Care Leavers' Covenant is an opportunity for public sector organisations to act as 'corporate…
Dr Luke Beardon from Sheffield Hallam University's Autism Centre has won two awards at the inaugural UK Autism Hero Awards. Organised by the Anna Kennedy Online Charity, the Autism Hero Awards has been created to showcase the excellence taking place in the world of autism, whilst also celebrating the achievements…
Mental health support workers rallied in Bradford City Hall yesterday as part of a two-hour strike against their employer’s attempt to impose “unfair” and “potentially dangerous” new shift patterns. Members of the West Yorkshire branch of union Unison, are employed by Creative Support, a not-for-profit company which provides social care…
The University of York is investing up £500,000 in mental health care provision over the next three years to further enhance student support services and strengthen its community partnerships in promoting positive mental well-being. The investment follows a six-month review of University mental health support, prompted by an increasing demand…
A senior figure at a leading Roman Catholic independent school has stepped aside as police investigate allegations of historical abuse made by four former pupils. The Right Reverend Cuthbert Madden, Ampleforth College's chairman of governors and Ampleforth Abbey's abbot, has denied any wrongdoing. He has been at the Benedictine monk-run…
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