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Child abuse probe delays investigated by police watchdog

| January 23, 2015 at 09:49 am

The police complaints watchdog has said it will investigate child protection staff’s handling of intelligence about potential paedophiles in the UK.

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop), part of the National Crime Agency, took a year to alert police to information provided by Canadian authorities in July 2012.

The tip-offs about video purchases led to a number of investigations. The referral to the Independent Police Complaints Commission was made in 2014.


Pearman found guilty of murder, child abuse

| January 22, 2015 at 01:38 pm

A jury in Rutherford County Criminal Court found Jacob Pearman guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated assault and child abuse on Tuesday morning.

The jury reached the verdict after about 90 minutes of deliberation.

The prosecution and defense completed closing arguments on Monday morning and Judge David Bragg gave the case to the jury in the afternoon. (more…)

10 Signs of Child Abuse

| January 21, 2015 at 06:40 am

You can become aware of child abuse by recognizing the signs. Here are 10 signs that can help.

1. Unexplained injuries. Visible signs of physical abuse may include unexplained burns or bruises in the shape of objects. You may also hear unconvincing explanations of a child’s injuries.

2. Changes in behavior. Abuse can lead to many changes in a child’s behavior. Abused children often appear scared, anxious, depressed, withdrawn or more aggressive.

3. Returning to earlier behaviors. Abused children may display behaviors shown at earlier ages, such as thumb-sucking, bed-wetting, fear of the dark or strangers. For some children, even loss of acquired language or memory problems may be an issue. (more…)

Child abuse inquiry members to face MPs

| January 20, 2015 at 06:50 am

Members of a team carrying out an inquiry into child sexual abuse are due to appear before MPs.

The inquiry was announced in July but still has no chairman, following the resignations of the government’s first two choices, and doubts remain over plans to give it extra powers.

Two members and adviser Prof Alexis Jay will face the Home Affairs Committee.

St Helena child abuse: how did sex abusers get away with it for so long?

| January 19, 2015 at 06:55 am

Special report: With a paedophile policeman, “voyeurs” at a children’s disco and a culture of silence, what went wrong on the remote British island of St Helena?

They call themselves Saints. Almost since the day in 1502 when sailors first stumbled upon it, the inhabitants of this craggy outpost of Britain marooned in the South Atlantic have been collectively known after their island, St Helena.

Of course, some deserve the tag more than others. For most of his 51 years, Jeromy Cairns-Wicks seemed to embody it. Striding between the pastel-shaded Regency buildings of Jamestown, the island’s capital (pop:640), he dispensed British justice, first as a policeman, then as a social work manager.

Child abuse inquiry panel cancels listening event with survivors

| January 16, 2015 at 07:04 am

Cancellation of event after complaints meetings held with no support for victims who attend puts pressure on Theresa May

The panel appointed by Theresa May to carry out the child abuse inquiry has cancelled a listening event with survivors on Friday after complaints the meetings were being held with no support in place for victims who attend. (more…)

Child abuse royal commission: Government departments ordered to hand over recent data on exploitation in state care

| January 15, 2015 at 08:01 am

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has turned its sights on the sexual exploitation of children in state care over the last decade.

The ABC can reveal the commission has ordered private organisations and government departments across Australia to hand over 10 years’ worth of data relating to the alleged and proven sexual abuse of children in care.

Although the commission has looked at some recent abuse in individual institutions, any investigation of the modern state care systems nationwide would be the most significant investigation into contemporary abuse the commission has undertaken.

It would also potentially mark a partial shift in focus from abusers who worked within organisations to those who preyed on children from outside. (more…)

Boy’s death leads to efforts to improve child abuse investigations

| January 14, 2015 at 07:39 am

The death of 4-year-old Eric Dean in west-central Minnesota is producing state legislative discussions about how to improve child abuse investigations.

“There has been a light shining onto the child protection system in our state,” Human Services Commissioner Lucinda Jesson told a state Senate committee Monday about the months since Dean’s death became a statewide news story. “It should be on the top of the front page, the most emailed story. It should cause us to question what we can do better.”

But senators’ questions made it clear that the solution to improving the Minnesota child abuse prevention system would not be simple.

Sens. Tony Lourey, DFL-Kerrick, and Jeff Hayden, DFL-Minneapolis, said they are concerned about some proposals, such as one that would require law enforcement officials to get involved after many child abuse reports. (more…)

Most child-abuse victims are babies under a year old

| January 13, 2015 at 06:46 am

Starship doctor says head injuries most common ‘by far’ in 130 admissions of abused children last year.

The majority of children admitted to the Starship hospital as the result of suspected abuse or neglect are under 1 year old.

Figures provided to the Herald under the Official Information Act reveal three children died at the hospital and 130 suspected abuse cases were referred to police between July 1, 2013, and June 30 last year, compared with one death and 122 referrals in 2012/13. (more…)

Keith Towler: Child abuse survivors voices heard

| January 12, 2015 at 06:46 am

The conviction of a paedophile as part of a wider operation into abuse at north Wales care homes has proved survivors have finally been heard, the children’s commissioner has said.

Ex-care home owner John Allen was jailed for life for sexually abusing boys between the 1960s and 1990s.

He was the first to be convicted under Operation Pallial.

Now, Keith Towler has praised Pallial for “successfully” managing a survivor-led investigation. (more…)