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31.05.13: Firm raises over £650 for Headway, Bedford, in Luton Legal Walk

05 February 2013 - Online Abuse: "One of the biggest child protection issues of our time"

The NSPCC is calling for all schools to provide age-appropriate lessons in online safety, with pupils themselves sharing advice on how to stay safe.

March 2012 - Two retired Church of England priests have been arrested in the Eastbourne area on susp

Retired Eastbourne priests arrested in connection with sexual assaults against children

January 2012 - Former Catholic priest faces jail after child abuse

Alexander Bede Walsh, age 58, a former catholic priest is facing jail after being found guilty of two serious sexual offences and 19 counts of indecent assault on boys between the ages of 8 and 16.

August 2011 - NSPCC Report - 64 children in England and Wales are sexually abused every day

According to figures obtained from 43 police forces in England and Wales by the NSPCC, every day 64 children are sexually abused in England and Wales.

July 2011 - Justice system fails child victims, says Children's Charity Barnardo's

Child victims of sexual exploitation have been failed by the system because convictions are so hard to achieve, says Barnardo's children's charity. According to Official figures taken from 2009, there were 89 child sexual exploitation convictions in England and Wales.

July 2011 - Primary School Teacher jailed indefinitely for sexual abuse of children

Primary School teacher, Nigel Leat, 51, was jailed indefinitely after filming himself sexually abusing children at Hillside First School, Weston-super-Mare. He admitted 36 sexual offences including attempted rape, sexual assault and other serious sexual offences.


Ian Tomlinson, 47 a homeless newspaper seller who was not involved in the protests but trying to make his way home was struck on the thigh with a baton by PC Simon Harwood who also forcefully pushed him in the back causing him to fall heavily to the ground.

June 2011 - 'Inhumane' Abuse at Winterbourne View, Bristol

The government has ordered a review into the Care Quality Commission's failure to investigate systematic and inhumane treatment of residents of Winterbourne View unit, a specialist unit for vulnerable adults.

May 2011 - Murdered 12 year old girl "failed" by Social Services

A serious case review has found that a 12 year old girl who was drugged, raped and murdered by her uncle was failed by social workers in Salford.

March 2011 - Rape Crisis Centre challenges myths of sexual offences

With march marking International Women's Month, Luton Rape Crisis (LRC) is campaigning to tackle the myths surrounding sexual violence.

February 2011 - Therapist admits sexual abuse of more than 100 disabled patients

A 54 year old therapist who worked in Switzerland and Germany since 1982 has admitted sexually abusing more than 100 mentally and physically disabled children and adults.

November 2010 - Catholic priest jailed for 21 years for sexual abuse spanning four decades

A catholic priest was found guilty of a string of offences involving the sexual abuse of children over a period of 24 years.

September 2010 - Church sex abuse survivors demand "action not words" from the Pope

Campaigners for survivors who were sexually abused by Catholic priests during childhood have demanded a statutory inquiry into clergy sex abuse, ahead of the Pope's four day visit to the UK in September 2010.

June 2010 - Paedophile described as "Every Parent's Nightmare" jailed indefinitely

A 25 year old man from Manchester described in court as a predatory paedophile who is "every parent's nightmare, has been jailed indefinitely to protect young boys.

March 2010 - Head of Ireland's Catholics apologises for mishandling priest serial child abuser

In 1975 when Cardinal Brady was a priest he asked two children aged 10 and 14 to sign secrecy agreements about their complaints against paedophile priest Fr Brendan Smyth. Now 35 years later Cardinal Brady said he wanted to apologise.

March 2010 - Facebook accused of failing to implement advice on protecting children on line

Facebook has been accused of a "glaring failure" to implement advice on protecting children online after the conviction of a man for kidnapping, raping and murdering teenager Ashleigh Hall.

March 2010 - Report by Children's Commissioner says Yarls Wood Children face extreme distress

According to a report by the Children's Commissioner, children held at Yarls Wood Immigration Centre in Bedford, face "extremely distressing" arrest and transportation procedures.

January 2010 - 60 offences against children a day says NCPCC

The NSPCC has obtained police figures which show that last year more than 21,000 sex offences against children were recorded.

December 2009 - Irish Catholic Church sorry for abuse of children by Priests

Cardinal Sean Brady, leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has apologised for the way child abuse, which occurred in Dublin was covered up by the Church.

November 2009 - Nursery Worker pleads guilty to sexual abuse of children in her care

Nursery worker, Vanessa George has pleaded guilty to 13 charges, including sexual abuse of children, and making and distributing indecent images of children.

November 2009 - Female Genital Mutilation

Female genital mutilation is nearly always carried out on minors and is therefore a violation of the rights of the child. It is a form of child abuse.

November 2009 - Childline reveals high rise in number of calls reporting sexual abuse by women

Childline states that over the last five years the number of calls by children reporting sexual abuse by women has risen five times faster than youngsters reporting abuse by men.

October 2009 - Ofsted finds a third of all inquiries into child abuse are inadequate

Between April 2008 and March 2009 Ofsted carried out 173 serious case reviews concerning the most serious cases of cases of child abuse in England. It found that 34% of the reviews had weaknesses.