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Amy Royce-Greensill: A spotlight on child abuse

Date:9 NOV 2012

Amy Royce-GreensillThe spotlight has been shone on child abuse over the past few weeks with allegations in relation to Jimmy Savile and abuse in care homes in North Wales dominating the front pages. Theresa May has announced this week that two new inquiries will be launched into the child abuse in North Wales care homes in addition to several police BBC hospital and care home investigations and inquiries instigated in the wake of the Savile allegations.

In the meantime and away from the media glare for many solicitors and child protection professionals cases involving allegations of child abuse are still a sad reality of their day-to-day caseload. Child abuse is not confined to those children in the care system and many children whether living with their family or relatives or within the care of a local authority will fall victim (NSPCC statistics show that nearly a quarter of young adults experienced sexual abuse during childhood). One outcome of the recent media...

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