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The mother of a child abused by a paedophile hospital doctor says her son has been "destroyed" by what happened….

Myles Bradbury was jailed for 22 years in December 2014 after admitting abusing 18 victims at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

The hospital has agreed a number of payouts with Bradbury's victims.

Speaking publicly for the first time, the mother of one victim said her son had had to be taken out of education and feared he could kill himself.

She says her son, now a teenager but was aged between 10 and 12 when he was abused, had to be taken out of education completely a few years ago and now spends most of his time in complete seclusion.

"Myles Bradbury destroyed our beautiful boy's life," his mother, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said.

"So much so that I can't see any way that he'll ever recover.

"He is so bad that we live in fear of him committing suicide.

"We have to watch him 24 hours a day.

The first thing on we do every day when we wake we check to see that he is still alive. If he is a bit late getting up we are worried that he will have done something terrible.

"It is completely heartbreaking. He hides away pretty much all day and refuses to leave the house.

"Whilst he has us around I hope he will be OK, but I feel that if we were not around, he'd do something awful."

Bradbury, of Herringswell in Suffolk, admitted 25 offences, including sexual assault, voyeurism and possessing more than 16,000 indecent images.

The blood cancer specialist used a spy pen to take pictures of his victims.

That device was found to hold 170,425 images of "boys partially clothed none indecent", Cambridge Crown Court heard at the time of his sentencing.

The images of his victims, some of whom had haemophilia, leukaemia and other serious illnesses, were gathered at Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Renu Daly, of Hudgell's solicitors, said although some claims have been settled with the hospital, eight cases relating to child victims were ongoing, including some in which the victims suffered "catastrophic psychological injuries".

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1/2…Children buried at Tuam site may never be identified…12/12/2017

DNA testing on mother and baby home remains unlikely to succeed, says expert group

An expert group set up by the Government to examine the site of a former mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway, has cast serious doubt on whether the children buried there will ever be identified.

The group says DNA testing on the remains at the site, as of now, is “highly unlikely” to identify the remains of the children, and the Government must seek to manage expectations of what can be achieved.

Its findings will be considered by Cabinet today.

The relatives of former residents at the home have strongly urged Minister for Children Katherine Zappone to identify the remains.

However, the expert technical group established to examine options available to the Government to deal with the site in Tuam also said it may be impossible to identify remains from DNA testing without “samples from living relatives”.

“Even then, identification will be extremely difficult, and will depend on the quality of the remains recovered.”

It also says DNA testing will be difficult because the best source of such data is teeth, which are not sufficiently formed in babies under two years old.

It cautions that “DNA identification is highly complex” and that “individual identification of remains here is highly unlikely without further significant investigation”.

DNA testing can also destroy samples of human remains, which may be acceptable when dealing with full skeletons but not individual fragments that are mixed together, as is the case in Tuam.

The Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes earlier this year announced “significant” quantities of human remains had been found buried under the site of a former institution for unmarried mothers run by the Sisters of the Bon Secours.

The remains belonged to children aged from about 35 foetal weeks to three years.

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2/2…Death certificates

The commission was set up in February 2015 after a Galway-based historian, Catherine Corless, published research that revealed death certificates for 796 children at the Tuam mother and baby home with no indication of their burial places.

The expert group also outlines a number of options to deal with the Tuam site, such as turning it into a memorial and ceasing investigative work.

Other options include exhuming human remains and burying them elsewhere; forensic examination and recovery of the known human remains; excavation and recovery, while examining some other areas in Tuam.

Another option is an exhaustive examination of all potential areas, such as the adjoining car park, memorial garden and playground. This would exclude, however, a nearby housing estate and private gardens.

The group opts for a method known as “humanitarian forensic action”, which would involve further research of available archives and collection of witness testimony, as well as testing and evaluation of specific areas in Tuam and a full forensic examination of all known human remains.

Ms Zappone is open to this course of action but is in favour of first consulting the local community in Tuam and other interested parties before proceeding along a definite course of action.

The expert group noted Tuam is unique when it comes to potential technical examination because of a number of factors.

These include the significant number of children’s remains present; the problem of accessing the remains because of their burial in chambers below ground; and the fact that skeletal remains are mixed together.

Taken together, these cannot be understated, the report says, adding that a the scope for “outcomes” may be more limited than expected.

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Mixed response as mandatory reporting of child-abuse concerns begins…

Mandatory reporting of child-abuse concerns began yesterday, with children’s rights groups saying it would work, while others, including social workers, expressed misgivings.

Minister for Education Richard Bruton said his department had published new child-protection procedures for schools which take into account the new statutory mandated reporting and child-safeguarding requirements, with schools now having a statutory obligation to produce a ‘child safeguarding statement’ under the changes.

The new procedures set out the reporting requirements for registered teachers in respect of their role as mandated persons.

Mr Bruton said: “My department is committed to ensuring that there is full compliance with the new procedures.”

Barnardos and the ISPCC were among the organisations to back the new laws, which mean that all suspicions must be reported to the gardaí and social services.

Barnardos CEO Fergus Finlay said a lot of the mechanisms to support mandatory reporting were already in place, including Tusla, which he said was ready for the expected spike in cases.

Mr Finley told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that anyone now who does not report a concern known to them would be breaking the law.

“There is a culture of quietness, there is a culture of not reporting. We have to break that,” he said.

The CEO of Tusla, Fred McBride, has already said the Child and Family Agency will have sufficient resources to deal with the impact of mandatory reporting, which Tusla has suggested is more likely to be a modest rise in the number of cases being reported.

However, social workers have warned that while Tusla may have resources in place, other state agencies, such as the Health Service Executive (HSE), may not.

The Irish Association of Social Workers (IASW) said it will encourage all social workers to work effectively together to ensure the protection and welfare of children, but IASW chairman Frank Browne said: “There appears to be no intention on the part of the HSE to recruit appropriately trained staff to the role of designated liaison officer.”

Tusla said its monthly and quarterly activity reports will chart any rise in referrals received

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A man who sexually abused vulnerable children at a care home in Fife has been stripped of his MBE…

Trevor Francis was given an MBE by Prince Charles in the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to his Fife community.

But he was jailed two years later after being found guilty of sexual abuse at St Margaret's children's home.

Francis took over at the home in 1973 after paedophile David Murphy was forced out over abuse allegations.

His predecessor was eventually convicted in 2002 of a catalogue of sex assaults over the 30 years he was in charge at St Margaret's in Elie, Fife.

Francis was part of a new management team at the home that was meant to end the threat of abuse.

He was described as a "Jekyll and Hyde character" who subjected children at the home to sexual assaults and corporal punishment.

Three girls aged 14 to 16 at the time told a jury in 2014 that Francis would enter the girls' dormitory at the home at night and sexually abuse them.

A male resident at the home told how he had once run away and got as far as Kirkcaldy where he was picked up by police and taken back.

Francis took him into a laundry room and attacked him as punishment. Other victims told how Francis hit them in the face and beat them with a slipper.

The 71-year-old from Aberdour, Fife, denied a total of nine charges on indictment but was found guilty of two offences of using lewd, indecent and libidinous practices and behaviour towards young girls and three assaults.

One further lewd and libidinous charge and three assaults were found not proven.
Francis was given the MBE in 2012 for his services to the community in Aberdour, Fife, where he was station master for more than 20 years.

A notice published in the London Gazette, the official public record of awards and other notices, stated: "The Queen has directed that the appointment of Trevor George Francis to be a Member of the Civil Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, dated 15 June 2012, shall be cancelled and annulled and that his name shall be erased from the Register of the said Order."

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