UK / CHILD ABUSE
A child sexual abuse survivor has launched a withering attack on the Church of England and its insurers, claiming their handling of his case was “monstrous”.
The survivor, known publicly as “Joe”, was paid £35,000 in compensation after he successfully exposed abuse by a senior church official in the 1970s.
UK / HEALTH
A ground-breaking outsourcing project to provide low-cost health and care services for the elderly and mental health patients collapsed within months, leaving taxpayers with a £16m bill, auditors have reported.
The failure of the £800m scheme run by UnitingCare Partnership for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough clinical commissioning group is highlighted in a critical report today by the National Audit Office. Sources told Exaro that without proper oversight, similar projects elsewhere in England could suffer a similar fate.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
The National Police Chiefs Council’s lead officer on child sexual abuse has told Exaro that the number of cases of alleged abuse by prominent people could increase further.
Simon Bailey, the chief constable of Norfolk, this week outlined why he believes police forces are handling heavier caseloads of CSA claims than ever before – including the number of allegations made against prominent individuals.
UK / CHILD ABUSE
Shadow education secretary Lucy Powell is calling for greater safeguards on who can work as private tutors for children.
The Labour MP made the call after Exaro established that teachers who are banned from the profession or even have convictions for child abuse are free to work as private tutors. Parents have no way of carrying out their own background checks for most private tutors.
Royal Bank of Scotland faces wider scandal over Libor rigging
Evidence that Libor rigging by the Royal Bank of Scotland was wider than so far admitted will be heard at the High Court this week. Internal bank documents suggest that RBS, in addition to rigging the Libor inter-bank interest rate in Japanese yen and Swiss francs, as it has admitted, also manipulated the benchmark in US dollars and British pounds.
Police send file on claims of child sex abuse against ex-MP to CPS
Police today submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service on allegations against a former MP of raping an under-age girl. The CPS will decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge the former MP, along with several other alleged perpetrators of repeated sexual abuse against the girl. Detectives interviewed the ex-MP under caution over the allegations last October, but have not arrested him.
Online Media Awards shortlists Exaro for best breaking story
Exaro has been nominated for ‘breaking news story of the year’ in this year’s Online Media Awards for revealing the findings of the Smith review. We have been shortlisted in the awards for online journalism, covering the year to March 2016, for revealing details of the leaked report of the review into sexual abuse by the late BBC star, Sir Jimmy Savile, at the broadcaster.
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