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Former Pope Benedict failed to act over abuse, new report finds

20th January, 2022 12:38 pm

Former Pope Benedict XVI failed to act over four child abuse cases when he was archbishop of Munich, a German probe into the Catholic Church has alleged. Pope Benedict, then called Josef Ratzinger, held the position from 1977 to 1982. He has denied the accusations. But a new report into historical abuse allegations carried out by a German law firm... View Article

Nursery fined £800,000 over choking death of baby Fox Goulding

20th January, 2022 8:44 am

A nursery in Edinburgh has been fined £800,000 after a baby boy in its care died after choking on a piece of mango. Fox Goulding began to choke while eating dinner at Bright Horizons Nursery in Corstorphine on 9 July 2019. A staff member who returned from the toilet eventually realised the 10-month-old was not breathing. He died in hospital... View Article

Sexual misconduct allegations investigated at Abertay and Dundee universities

19th January, 2022 3:27 pm

The 25 probes were included in national statistics that showed almost 400 accusations were investigated at universities across Scotland. Dundee and Abertay Universities have investigated a total of twenty-five sexual misconduct allegations in the last five years. The figures formed part of national statistics that showed almost 400 accusations of sexual impropriety have been made at Scottish universities since the 2016/17 academic year. The highest... View Article

Inquiry launched to track down pupils who have ‘fallen off the radar’

19th January, 2022 3:18 pm

Find the lost children of lockdown: Inquiry launched to track down up to 100,000 pupils who have ‘fallen off the radar’ and not returned to the classroom since the pandemic began in wake of little Arthur’s murder Dame Rachel de Souza said pupils disappearing from school roll was a ‘red flag’  Warned Arthur’s murder showed why ‘vulnerable children need to... View Article

Scottish hospitals struggle to handle lockdown surge in mentally ill children

19th January, 2022 1:42 pm

Mentally ill children face being sent to England for treatment as Scottish hospitals are struggling to cope with a surge in disorders such as anorexia and self-harm that emerged during lockdown. Dr Mairi Stark, a paediatrician at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh, said every mental health bed in Scotland was full at the weekend. Distressed... View Article

Mark McAuley: Former Celtic-linked youth coach faces sexual abuse charges

19th January, 2022 1:37 pm

A former youth coach with links to Celtic and Alloa Athletic has been charged in connection with allegations of sexual abuse against young boys. Mark McAuley, 31, of Dunfermline, Fife, is facing nine charges involving four children. He is accused of sexual offences against two boys under the age of 13 and two other youths under the age of 16.... View Article

Man jailed for child sex attack and rape of sleeping woman

18th January, 2022 3:59 pm

A man who sexually abused a young girl in a bath and raped a woman as she slept has been jailed for six years. Lewis Smith, 27, targeted the child at locations in Arbroath and Montrose between 2016 and 2019. The High Court in Edinburgh heard he carried out a series of “nauseating” attacks on the youngster, including forcing her... View Article

Self-harm guidance to include advice for schools and prisons

18th January, 2022 3:58 pm

Staff in schools and prisons in England and Wales are for the first time to be included in draft guidance on how to identify people who have self-harmed. The experts behind it said everyone was responsible for tackling the growing problem of self-harm – not just mental health professionals. A mental health charity said the guidance would empower teachers to... View Article

Scotland’s police watchdog slams Tayside cops over handling of boy’s rape investigation

18th January, 2022 3:55 pm

The force has been criticised for ‘shortcomings’ over the probe in 2017 and 2018.   Scotland’s police watchdog has slammed Tayside cops for their handling of an investigation into the rape of a young boy. The victim, now aged 13, was attacked by another youngster in a house in Angus in November 2017. It was witnessed by two other children and was believed to have... View Article