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Doctor who abused 18 boys has sentence reduced

A Children's doctor who abused 18 boys in his care at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge, has had his jail sentence reduced by the Court of Appeal.

Myles Bradbury, from Suffolk, who was originally sentenced to 22 years in jail, will now serve 16 years.

Myles Bradbury will now serve 16 years Credit: Press Association

Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Haddon-Cave and Mr Justice Goss, however, announced today that they were "restructuring" the original sentence, replacing it with a custodial element of 16 years with an additional six years on licence.

Lady Justice Hallett, who described Bradbury's offending as "wicked", said the judges believed that a "better way both to punish the appellant and protect the public" was to "restructure the sentence".

At Bradbury's original sentencing, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said the abuse was "one of the worst forms of sexual abuse imaginable" and said the doctor's betrayal of the Hippocratic oath to heal was "grotesquely betrayed".

Several of the boys Bradbury abused over a period of three and a half years have since died. The eldest was 15, with the youngest just 10 years old. 16,000 indecent images of children were found on a disc in his possession.

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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). 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.

NSPCC: 'We must recognise extreme emotional abuse'

Parliament must "recognise extreme emotional abuse" and give child protection services greater power by legislating against it, a senior member of the NSPCC said.

John Cameron, head of child protection operations, said the so-called "cinderella law" was not about punishing parents who did not buy their children "the latest gadgets or trainers":

The Government has indicated they are set to outlaw extreme emotional cruelty and this is a positive step forward and the publicity around this and highly publicised cases such as Daniel Pelka may have contributed to the sharp increase in calls.

We must recognise extreme emotional abuse for what it is - a crime - and those who carry it out should be prosecuted.

This isn't about prosecuting parents who don't buy their children the latest gadgets or trainers, this is about parents who consistently deny their children love and affection.

– John Cameron

Emotionally abused children reports 'rise by nearly 50%'

The number of cases of emotion abuse by a parent or guardian to a child in their care reported to a charity helpline has surged by nearly 50% in the last year.

Over 5,000 cases reported to the NSPCC were passed onto authorities last year. Credit: PA

According to the NSPCC, more than 8,000 people called their helpline with concerns a child may be suffering from emotional neglect and abuse over the last twelve months.

Some 5,354 of these cases so serious they were referred to local authorities, the children's charity said.

The figures come as the government considers a change to the law to tackle the emotional neglect and abuse of children.

The so-called Cinderella Law would update the 1933 criminal offence of child cruelty to include emotional neglect and abuse as well as physical abuse.

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UK 'way behind rest of the world' on protecting children

A charity helping vulnerable and neglected children has welcomed proposals for a new 'Cinderella Law', which would make emotional cruelty to children a criminal offence.

Helen Donohoe of Action for Children told ITV News the move was welcome as the UK's law in this area is currently "way behind the rest of the world".

MP: 'Not just the criminal law that needs to change'

Greater awareness, integration of care services and improved training will help combat emotional abuse suffered by children, a Conservative MP has told Daybreak.

Robert Buckland said "it was not just the criminal law that needs to change" if children who are starved of love and affection are to be helped by social services.

Cinderella Law a 'monumental step forward'

Changes to the child neglect laws that will make “emotional cruelty” a crime for the first time, alongside physical or sexual abuse have been praised by charity leaders.

Action for Children's chief executive Sir Tony Hawkhead said: "This is a monumental step forward for thousands of children who we know suffer from emotional abuse and countless others whose desperate situations have yet to come to light.

"I've met children who have been scapegoated in their families, constantly humiliated and made to feel unloved. The impact is devastating and can lead to life-long mental health problems and, in some cases, suicide.

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