child abuse

Archbishop Of Canterbury Delivers His Christmas Sermon

How ‘damning’ is the report into the Church of England’s handling of sex abuse?

17 March 2016 12:36

A ‘damning’ report has been published into the Church of England’s handling of a particular abuse case. Except it’s not…

Lord Bramall

The police system for handling sex abuse accusations is absurd

21 January 2016 11:52

Many have rightly attacked the police for their handling of the demented accusations against Field Marshal Lord Bramall, now at…

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The sacred mother-baby bond is being eroded by an overzealous state

14 December 2015 19:31

These figures should send a chill down the spine of anyone who values basic human dignity: in England in 2013,…

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The latest child abuse statistics simply don’t stack up

26 November 2015 11:32

Have 425,000 children really been abused during the past two years? That is the extraordinary claim suggested in a report put out…

James Rhodes has won the right to publish an autobiography telling of his abuse as a child (Photo: Getty)

Another child abuse memoir. Why can’t the past be private?

21 May 2015 17:17

I feel torn on pianist James Rhodes’ victory at the Supreme Court yesterday. On one hand, the lifting of the…

A house in the Eastwood area of Rotherham (Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty)

Rotherham urgently needs a chance to recalibrate its moral compass

4 February 2015 16:25

One would have thought that it was impossible for the Rotherham sex abuse story to become even more depressing. But…

Fiona Woolf. Image: Getty

Paedophile crimes should not be used to score points against ‘The Establishment’

23 October 2014 18:36

Fiona Woolf, as you can probably tell from her Maggie-Smith-in-yet-another-costume-drama photograph above, is a member of The Establishment. She’s Lord…

Shoppers walk through the streets of Rotherham, South Yorkshire. Image: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

Class and misogyny – not political correctness – explain Rotherham’s abuse scandal

6 September 2014 11:30

There seems to be a political consensus that the sexual abuse of more than 1,400 girls in Rotherham, revealed in the…

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Modern Britain’s apathetic, inadequate response to child sexual abuse

27 August 2014 19:07

The customs developing around how modern British officialdom reacts to the gang-rape of children is very interesting. I’ve just watched…


The real scandal of Rotherham is that social work doesn’t work

27 August 2014 12:32

This is an extract from this week’s Spectator. To subscribe, click here. In 1980, June Lait and I published Can…

child shadow

‘I didn’t want to appear racist’ is the ‘I was only obeying orders’ of our age

26 August 2014 18:44

Up to 1,400 children were sexually exploited in Rotherham. Children as young as 11 were trafficked, beaten, and raped by…

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Leader of Rotherham Council resigns over child abuse scandal

26 August 2014 17:13

The leader of Rotherham Council has resigned following the results of a report which found that at least 1,400 children…

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I’d like to nominate myself as Britain’s Paedofinder-General

14 July 2014 14:34

Now that Elizabeth Butler-Sloss has stood down as head of the inquiry into historic sex abuse, I’d like to nominate…

Baroness Butler-Sloss. Image: Getty

Lady Butler-Sloss steps down from child abuse enquiry

14 July 2014 13:15

It is not a surprise that Lady Butler-Sloss has stepped down as chair of the independent inquiry panel into child…

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Podcast: paedomania, the next EU commissioner and the National Theatre

10 July 2014 9:44

What kind of idiot tries to stand in the way of a national child abuse panic? Matthew Parris, that’s who.…

Big Ben and the The Houses of Parliament

Inside the whips’ ‘dirt books’

9 July 2014 8:55

So all three parties are to trawl their ‘dirt books’ held by the whips and disclose any evidence that they…

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The Home Office acts busy, hoping to avoid a ‘tide of public anger’

8 July 2014 14:12

Theresa May updated the Cabinet this morning on the inquiry she has launched into how public bodies have dealt with…

Theresa May Speech On Organised Crime

Theresa May announces independent inquiry into child abuse allegations

7 July 2014 17:24

Theresa May has just given as comprehensive a response as possible to the allegations of child abuse in the Commons.…


Theresa May to give ‘significant’ statement on child abuse row

7 July 2014 8:55

What can we expect from the government response to the growing child abuse dossier row? Government sources are stressing this…

Cinderella in tears, flanked by her two step-sisters. (Image: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The state is the worst wicked stepmother of all

31 March 2014 16:22

What a fantastically stupid idea, I thought, reading the paper this morning.  ‘Parents who fail to show love and affection…

Beckett And Harman

When is a scandal not a scandal?

24 February 2014 11:27

When it involves metropolitan left-wingers, says the Daily Mail. For a week, it has been exposing how Harriet Harman and…


David Cameron’s crackdown on child porn is not over yet

18 November 2013 8:37

Parliament returns from a three day break today, but the headlines this morning are dominated by the international crackdown on…

Everyone's shooting the BBC. Amusing, maybe, but we may come to regret it.

A crisis, yes. But let’s not all shoot the BBC.

11 November 2012 10:51

I have just returned from two hours of broadcasting on the BBC World Service. It is an odd time to…

Tom Watson

Rob Wilson attacks Tom Watson on child abuse claims

9 November 2012 17:03

After Lord McAlpine’s statement this morning about the allegations and rumours of child abuse surrounding the Tory peer and other…

Lord McAlpine in 1996. The peer today denied the allegations of child abuse that have been swirling on social media for the past week. Picture: PA

Lord McAlpine: Abuse allegations ‘wholly false and seriously defamatory’

9 November 2012 11:54

Lord McAlpine has broken cover this morning after the Guardian named him in its story claiming the peer is a…