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Six arrested after Carmarthen school child abuse claims

| March 2, 2015 at 08:08 am

Six people have been arrested as part of an investigation into allegations of child abuse at a Carmarthen school.

Dyfed-Powys Police are looking into claims, concerning former members of staff, that abuse took place at Rhydygors School between 1976 and 1986.

Operation Almond is focussing on claims of physical and sexual abuse.

It is also looking at allegations of abuse at Cartref-y-Gelli children’s home in Carmarthen between 1986 and 1990.
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Bikers Against Child Abuse launch Calgary chapter

| February 27, 2015 at 07:48 am

Motorcycle enthusiasts empower abused children

They’re not a gang, but they do wear black leather jackets and ride motorcycles in large groups.

“When they look at us [and] see all these big burly guys, they know that we’re there for them. That’s a lot of empowerment to them,” said William Hebert, whose road name is Wheels. (more…)

Post-Sandusky child protection laws won’t work, if state child abuse hotline isn’t working well

| February 26, 2015 at 07:11 am

The Issue. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case, the state Legislature passed 23 new bills aimed at improving protections for children.

Some of those laws, including one widening the list of those required to report suspected child abuse, went into effect Dec. 31. Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency has been deluged with child abuse reports in the past two months. (more…)

Mom charged with child abuse after her daughter’s T-shirt raises questions

| February 25, 2015 at 09:34 am

Child endangerment

TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa mom’s plan to publicly shame her daughter backfired and landed her behind bars.

The shirt she allegedly made for punishment ended with 31-year-old Melany Alexander charged with child abuse according to FOX 13.

Part of the shirt reads: “I currently have all F’s in all my classes. I am not aloud (sic) to have a boyfriend no time soon. So back OFF before I get another good whoopin like I got last night”.
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Insurers accused of hampering child abuse inquiries

| February 24, 2015 at 07:07 am

A BBC investigation has found evidence that some local authorities in England and Wales may have allowed fear of losing insurance cover to alter their approach to child abuse inquiries.

File on 4 has also been told of cases where insurers attempted to suppress information about abuse allegations. An ex social services chief called the behaviour of one company “disgusting”.

The Association of British Insurers said the investigation “raised a number of serious matters”. (more…)

Lessons for us all from seven-year-old Blake Fowler’s death

| February 23, 2015 at 07:11 am

DAVID SIMMONDS highlights the vital importance of giving social workers our continued support in their battle against child abuse and neglect

EVERY time a case where a child has been failed by the professionals who were supposed to protect him or her emerges, it prompts questions about how this abuse and neglect could go on.

When a child is let down by those closest to them we need to know that the authorities are there to pick up the pieces and intervene soon enough to put their life back on track.

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Child abuser sentenced to 33 months to 10 years

| February 20, 2015 at 06:49 am

Erica Hammel told Rachel Edwards that as she serves time in prison for child abuse, she wants her to think about the children she has abused, such as her 2-year-old son Wyatt.

She wants her to think about how their lives have changed – forever.

Every time Edwards eats her food, Hammel said, she wants Edwards to think about how Wyatt can’t eat his – “he chokes and he gags” because his brain, damaged in the 2013 assault, can’t handle textures.

When Edwards talks to her family on the phone, Hammel said, she wants her to think about how Wyatt can’t say one word and communicate his wants and needs. (more…)

Investigation Claims Jehovah Witnesses’ Watchtower Is Hiding Child Sexual Abuse Claims

| February 19, 2015 at 07:23 am

A new report out of the Center for Investigative Reporting claims that the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ parent organization in the United States has systematically hidden child sexual abuse cases for more than 25 years.

Trey Bundy, the Reveal journalist behind the report, explained to HuffPost Live on Tuesday that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York has issued detailed memos since 1989 mandating spiritual leaders to immediately report any allegations of child abuse to the Watchtower’s legal department before the police. (more…)

Child abuse report: Too many children still at risk

| February 18, 2015 at 07:00 am

Too many children in England are still “slipping through the net” and remain at risk of sexual abuse, a report says.

The Office of the Children’s Commissioner report found there had been “considerable” progress in some areas of tackling child exploitation.

But “at the front line much work is still needed,” said Deputy Commissioner Sue Berelowitz, who headed the inquiry.
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‘Australia is ashamed,’ Human Rights Report Records Hundreds Child Abuse Cases In Detention

| February 13, 2015 at 07:59 am

The Australian Human Rights Commission submitted an inquiry report late on Wednesday night. The report comes with the recommendation of a royal commission.

The royal commission has to examine the impact on hundreds of children being detained for long periods in immigration detention centres. The report, called “The Forgotten Children,” also asked for the release of all the children from mainland detention and from the detention centre on Nauru.

The commission examined hundreds of incidents of child abuse that included more than 30 cases of sexual assault as well. The report was then submitted to the Australian government on Nov. 11.

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