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Charity: Children should be taught to speak about abuse

Speaking in response to the Rotherham abuse report, Sharon Evans, Chief Executive of the Dot Com Children's Foundation, told Good Morning Britain that as well as an inquiry and punishment, preventative measures need to be put in place.

Evans, who is a former victim of child sex abuse, said that children need to be taught to value themselves and be given the skills to speak up against abuse.

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Rotherham councillor denies knowing of child abuse

Paul Lakin, a Rotherham Labour councillor who is a Cabinet member for Children, Young People and Families Services in the town has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that everyone involved needs to consider their own situation in the child sex abuse scandal.

More: Rotherham councillor refuses to call for Commissioner's resignation following abuse report

Asked why no constituents or victims had ever raised the issue with him, Mr Lakin said: "I don't know ... there are clearly some issues. I am not the only elected member in Rotherham who is (saying that)."

I have been a councillor since 1999, and I am one of the councillors who has seen this through.

It is about what councillors might have known. If people do not know, then they are not really in a position to do anything about it.

I can categorically say that until I came into children's services in 2010 I was not aware of the depth and breadth of child exploitation in Rotherham.

– Rotherham Labour councillor Paul Lakin

More: Commissioner urged to resign over Rotherham abuse report

Commissioner's future 'An issue for him alone'

Rotherham councillor Paul Lakin has told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that the future of under-fire South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Shaun Wright is "an issue for him and him alone".

His comments came amid calls for Wright to step down from his role following publication of a report showing widespread sexual abuse of children took place in Rotherham during the time he was cabinet member for children services in the town.

More: Commissioner urged to resign over Rotherham abuse report

RBS 'failed to act' on FCA mortgage advice concerns

The Financial Services Authority, the FCA's predecessor, raised concerns in November 2011 about branch and telephone sales at RBS and NatWest but it was almost a year later before the firms started to take steps to put things right.

The firms made assurances to the FSA in July 2012 that the necessary changes were underway to address the regulator's concerns, but the FCA said this "failed to happen".

Where we raise concerns with firms we expect them to take effective action to resolve them without delay. This simply failed to happen in this case.

Taking out a mortgage is one of the most important financial decisions we can make. Poor advice could cost someone their home so it's vital that the advice process is fit for purpose. Both firms failed to ensure that their customers were getting the best advice for them.

– Tracey McDermott, director of enforcement and financial crime at the FCA

More: RBS fined £14.5m over advice given to mortgage customers

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Liberia officials face sack for fleeing country over Ebola

The President of Liberia has threatened officials with dismissal if they do not show up for work, as reports suggest many have fled the country for fear of contracting Ebola.

President Ellen Johnson warned those of ministerial rank would be dismissed, while more junior civil servants would have their salaries suspended.

President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson, has threatened officials with dismissal if they do not show up for work
President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson, has threatened officials with dismissal if they do not show up for work Credit: PA

It comes as health officials revealed more than 200 new suspected, probable and confirmed cases of Ebola have been reported in Liberia over the past three days.

Most of the new cases have occurred in the coastal capital city Monrovia, where two neighbourhoods have been quarantined.

One in three sexual abuse victims are male, study finds

Boys and young men are more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than previously thought, according to a major new study.

Boys and young men are more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than previously thought, a major new study suggests (posed by model).
Boys and young men are more likely to be victims of sexual abuse than previously thought, a major new study suggests (posed by model). Credit: PA

Of 9,042 victims of sexual exploitation supported by children's charity Barnardo's since 2008, one in three - or 2,986 - were male, the NatCen Social Research and University College London found.

Calling for "urgent" action, the charity said front-line professionals should not stereotype abuse victims as girls, and also suggested schools should make it clear to children that boys are also vulnerable to abuse.

Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan said: "At the moment society is miserably and unacceptably failing sexually-exploited boys and young men."

"The tell-tale signs are being missed because of a lack of awareness and stereotypes about the nature of this form of abuse."

NatCen said professionals they interviewed reported those dealing with children can be less protective of boys than girls, meaning opportunities to protect boys, or recognise when they are being exploited, are missed.

High street 'must improve access for disabled'

High street shops are missing out on business from more than 12 million customers across the country because they are not disabled-friendly, the government has warned.

Research carried out with 1,200 people with disabilities found shopping was the most difficult activity in terms of access, closely followed by going to the cinema, theatre or concerts.

Shopping was found to be the most difficult activity for people with disabilities due to poor accessibility
Shopping was found to be the most difficult activity for people with disabilities due to poor accessibility Credit: PA

Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, has now written to more than 200 of the UK's biggest businesses and 80 trade organisations, urging them to improve accessibility.

We want businesses up and down our high streets to realise they're excluding more than 12 million customers and their families if they fail to cater for disabled people. That's the equivalent to the populations of London, Birmingham, Leeds, Sheffield, Cardiff and Manchester combined. It's not just about fairness, it makes good business sense to be accessible.

– Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper

Farage says he is not complacent after hustings win

Nigel Farage told Good Morning Britain there is "not one ounce of complacency from me" after he was selected to stand in the South Thanet seat for Ukip at next year's general election.

"I'm not pretending for one moment that it's going to be easy, but Ukip is offering something different and distinctive," Farage said.

Asked if he would stand down as leader if the party fails to win a single seat at the election, Farage reiterated his comments from last night.

"If we'd failed in the European elections I would have stood down, if we fail next year the party will pick someone better than me, but do you know what? That ain't going to happen," he said.

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