County Durham based paedophile, Paul Leighton, has been arrested and jailed for 16 years for child sex abuse charges. He had never met his abuse victims. This particular case demonstrates the need of the evolution of understanding in the law for online child sex abuse. Lead Abuse solicitor, Peter Garsden, explains the case and provides
According to law, the legal age of consent for sexual intercourse is 16. Despite this, 700 cases of child sex abuse brought to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) have been denied compensation as they are said to have ‘given consent’ to the sexual activities. Specialist Child Abuse solicitor, Peter Garsden, investigates the legal loophole
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA) is evidence of the extent of child sex abuse that occurred in the past, but how does it even begin to happen? The IICSA are investigating not only what happened but how. Peter Garsden, Manchester-based Abuse solicitor, explains the true meaning of grooming and what to do
Of the 13 strands of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse (IICSA), the English Benedictine Congregation and other Roman Catholic religious orders make up a single strand. It was revealed in April 2017 that Ampleforth College, in Yorkshire, would provide a case study for investigations into other institutions, but what happened at the college?
The UK Charity Commission has criticised a Manchester based congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for their dealings with child abuse cases over the last 23 years. After an elder within the congregation was accused of sexual abuse in the early 90s, several efforts were made to cover-up this abuse. Gemma Pilkington, Abuse Solicitor, explains the history
Four male teachers from Christ’s Hospital Boarding School in West Sussex are facing charges over a range of sexual offences carried out during their employment at the school in the late 80s and early 90s. Abuse solicitor, Peter Garsden, explains the next steps for abuse survivors involved in the case. Christ’s Hospital School Teachers Arrested
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sex Abuse is currently investigating the extent to which institutions have failed to protect children. The inquiry is carrying out 13 separate investigations into historical abuse within various institutions. One of these investigations includes looking into the Child Migrant Programme that took place between 1920 and 1978. This involved the
After the Scottish independent school was included on a list of schools being investigated by the Scottish Inquiry into historical child abuse, Gordonstoun has taken a transparent approach by contacting 3,000 ex-pupils, asking for any abuse survivors to come forward. Our Peter Garsden discusses the steps the school has taken to encourage abuse victims to
As brave abuse survivors continue to come forward following the conviction of Robin Carter, Peter Garsden – Child Abuse Solicitor – calls for witnesses to provide information. In April 2017, Robin Carter of Westmeston, now in his 70s, was convicted of 10 counts of indecent assault against boys aged between 10 and 12 years old.
In a report by the Children’s Commissioner for England it has been alleged that victims of child sex abuse are being let down by the very systems and procedures that are designed to protect them from harm. The findings highlighted that warning signs are being missed, investigations are being delayed unnecessarily and, perhaps most concerning