‘ BRITISH FOREIGN OFFICE KNEW ST HELENA COULD NOT COPE WITH CHILD ABUSE BACK IN 2002 BUT NO INDEPENDENT INQUIRY ‘


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#AceNewsServices – Featured Post:BRITAIN:Jan.21:The Foreign Office knew the British territory of St Helena “couldn’t cope” with child abuse as long ago as 2002 but failed to order an independent inquiry for 12 years, a retired senior civil servant has claimed.

Ivy Ellick, a former head of public health and social services on the island, said she delivered the warning in a meeting with the British government. At least 20 children were sexually abused on the South Atlantic island, which has a population of only 4,500, during the years between the warning and the inquiry.

Establishment paedophiles, including a social work manager who advised on child protection and a deputy manager of a sheltered accommodation complex, were not brought to justice. Both men were finally sentenced in the past two years.

During this period, the Foreign Office repeatedly assured the United Nations that there was “no evidence” of sexual exploitation of…

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