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Government to ask other sports bodies to stamp out abuse

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

The government will write to additional sports governing bodies to ask them to look into potential child sex abuse in their respective sports.

The Football Association's internal investigation into historic sex abuse in football will be "properly resourced", the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport said.

Karen Bradley said it would look at "what the FA and clubs knew, and when, and what action was or should have been taken".

She was responding to an urgent question by Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan about historic sex abuse in football.

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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.

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
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