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Child sex abuse cases up 85% on the Fylde coast

| July 3, 2015 at 08:16 am

Police have warned they are dealing with a “staggering” number of paedophiles grooming children online.

Suspected child abusers are being arrested every single day in Lancashire – with child sexual exploitation referrals rocketing 85 per cent on the Fylde coast.

A dedicated team of detectives set up to police the internet are identifying a huge number of paedophiles in the county, according to a senior officer. (more…)

Police child abuse investigations: 38 per cent ‘inadequate’

| July 2, 2015 at 04:23 pm

A series of inspections of police forces in England and Wales has found worrying levels of inadequate investigations into child abuse and neglect, plagued by drift and delay.

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary said it’s findings demonstrate an under-recognition and under-estimation of the risk to children and warns of a danger of failing a an entire generation unless there a complete re-assessment of approach.

Examples found includes a case where it took three months to interview a man whose nine-year-old grandson accused him of rape, and another where police and social workers decided the cause of vaginal bleedings in a four-year-old girl was eczema, despite the child alleging she’d been abused by a family member.


Threats have been made against Evergreen parents accused of child abuse

| July 1, 2015 at 07:54 am

EVERGREEN, Colo. — Threats have been made against the Evergreen couple accused of starving their six-year-old daughter, law enforcement sources told Channel 2.

Jason Barton, 40, and Katie Barton, 36, face child abuse resulting in serious bodily harm.

Their daughter weighed just 25 pounds when the couple brought her to Children’s Hospital on June 10.

The parents admitted taking their daughter out of kindergarten and placing locks on their refrigerator to keep their oldest child from eating.


Perth runners kick off marathon campaign to stop child abuse

| June 30, 2015 at 12:40 pm

PERTH marathon runners haved kick off a gruelling seven-day national fundraising campaign to combat child sexual abuse.

Sixteen WA runners joined the 42km marathon around the Swan River for the Braveheart 777 challenge, which will be held across Australia this week.

Seven marathons will be held across the capital cities over seven days to raise funds for Bravehearts, an organisation which runs counselling, education and case management services for Australian children who have experienced sexual assault.


Sandusky Fine Money Available for Pennsylvania Child Abuse Organizations

| June 29, 2015 at 08:14 am

The fruit of state senator Jake Corman’s lawsuit against the NCAA is ready for distribution — in the form of $48 million dedicated to child abuse efforts.

Corman’s lawsuit led to a settlement that voided sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. That defense of the Endowment Act ended up with the NCAA agreeing that a big chunk of the $60 million fine it imposed on the university would be spent in Pennsylvania. (more…)

One small law reform could bring justice to hundreds of child abuse victims

| June 26, 2015 at 03:12 pm

In recent years, institutions in the UK and elsewhere have been accused of inflicting terrible cruelty on children in their care. In Scotland, for example, the Shaw Report exposed a catalogue of historic physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children in care between 1950 and 1995.

In 2004, then first minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell, made a public apology in parliament to victims of such abuse. The effects of such abuse are often devastating and long-lasting for the victims. Yet despite the fact that many perpetrators have been convicted in the criminal courts, the victims have had little success in recovering compensation through the civil courts to date. (more…)

Social Service Workers Lose 92 Cases of Possible Child Abuse

| June 23, 2015 at 07:21 am

More than 90 cases involving possible child abuse or neglect in Northern Kentucky have been lost, with some languishing for months before being recently discovered, state social service officials said.

The Courier-Journal ( http://cjky.it/1LfkpcF ) reported Monday officials from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services have been scrambling to assign 92 cases that were found in the Boone County office earlier this year, according to the records. The cases included babies born with drugs in their system, children living with heroin addicts — one in a home where an adult overdosed — and children exposed to violence, firearms and other hazardous situations.

Under Kentucky law, if average caseloads per worker rise above 25 for more than 90 days, the cabinet is required to report that to the governor and the legislature. National accreditation standards limit caseloads to 18 per worker. (more…)

Galashiels man faces jail term over child abuse images

| June 22, 2015 at 07:20 am

A Galashiels man is facing a prison sentence after he was caught with more than 56,000 images of youngsters being abused.

They included pictures of children as young as four being raped.

Police found the images on five different electronic devices in Colin Green’s home in Magdala Terrace. (more…)

IT manager who downloaded child abuse images spared jail

| June 18, 2015 at 07:32 am

An IT manager from Preston downloaded thousands of child abuse images

Images featuring children as young as six were discovered

Alastair Fay pleaded guilty to all charges

He was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for a year

An IT manager, who downloaded child abuse images on his work computer, was spared jail because a judge heard he had mental health problems. (more…)

Reports of child abuse rising sharply, NSPCC says

| June 17, 2015 at 08:19 am

The number of recorded sexual offences against children in England and Wales has risen by a third, the NSPCC says.

There were 31,000 offences recorded in the year up to April 2014, up 8,500 on the previous year. Figures compiled by the charity show 85 offences were recorded by police every day, with significant rises in Scotland and Northern Ireland also.

A spokesman said high-profile cases had “played a contributory factor” in encouraging people to come forward.