Two former athletes speak out about child sex abuse

It starts with a manipulation, a trust, a grooming process.

– Charlie Webster says she was sexually assaulted by her running coach as a teenager

As investigations continue into sex abuse in football, athletics has become the second major sport engulfed in the scandal.

The sport's governing body has been accused of a 'cover-up' in relation to claims against a top coach, and the experiences of our two guests suggest this could be just the beginning.

We speak to Vernon Sharples, who claims he suffered abuse in the 1970s at the hands of his athletics coach, and TV presenter Charlie Webster, who says she was sexually assaulted by her running coach as a teenager.

Know your consumer rights this Christmas!

Is a shop telling you porkies? Is it acceptable for one to say ‘we can only give a credit note for returns’ or ‘you can’t bring back faulty knickers’? Right now we’re in the run up to Christmas but according to our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis most people and worse, many shop staff, don’t know their consumer rights.

So today a quick test. If a shop told you this, which of these are consumer rights, and which are consumer wrongs…

We team up with Make-A-Wish UK to make a Week of Wishes come true

I really hope that we can help to put heaps of smiles on the faces of these deserving children - and their families - this Christmas

– Holly Willoughby

This Morning is joining forces with leading wish-granting charity Make-A-Wish® UK for our special Week of Wishes appeal.

From 12 December, this special week - and donations raised during the week - could help hundreds of seriously ill children and their families who turn to Make-A-Wish UK to have their one true wish granted during uncertain times in their lives. Together with Make-A Wish UK, we'll discover and help grant wishes to enrich the lives of those fighting life-threatening conditions.

Check your energy deal and switch now!

Warning. Energy prices are rising lock in now, ‘free’ MegaBus seats, £10 Baileys and is your 50p worth £65? These are our Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis’ Quick Deals.

Remember, deals can change quickly, even while I’m on the programme. So always double-check the terms and conditions before spending. Plus, while I hope these deals will save you cash, don’t spend if you can’t afford it, don’t need it, or won’t use it.

Should female staff have to dress to impress?

How groomed do you have to be to get a job at a top London hotel? Bosses at London's Dorchester Hotel have come under fire for a list of alleged demands to their female employees.

The list focused on women’s appearance and included demands to avoid oily skin, ensure regular manicures and shave their legs, even if wearing tights. But is it acceptable for the hotel to ask their female staff to dress to impress, or is it simply sexist?

We’re joined by journalist Genevieve Mullen who thinks the hotel has every right to demand high standards and broadcaster Kate Smurthwaite who think it’s a case of double standards.

The 12 scams of Christmas

One in four Brits has fallen victim to a scam, with Christmas being the prime time for fraudsters to trap consumers. Most victims fall foul to scams online, with fraudsters using social media and fake emails to offer fake bargains. But just how can you protect your spending this Christmas?

Consumer expert Alice Beer is here with her must-know tips for avoiding the scams.

Child abuse: What every parent should know

Is child abuse rife in the UK? The headlines of recent days suggest it could be. More than 20 former football players have come forward alleging child sexual abuse by several coaches, and away from the world of sport, a teacher and a teaching assistant have been jailed just this week for inappropriate relationships with underage pupils. So is this an epidemic and, if so, what can we do to tackle it? As parents what signs should we look out for and how can we encourage our children to tell us if they're being abused?

We’re joined on the sofa by former police officer Mark Williams-Thomas, who exposed Jimmy Savile, and our agony aunt Deidre Sanders, who receives daily letters from victims of child abuse.

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