New child cruelty sentencing guidelines proposed

Abusive or neglectful parents who blame their partner for their own child cruelty could face tougher sentences in new court proposals. The new sentencing guidelines in England and Wales say blaming others should be considered an “aggravating factor” when deciding a sentence. The change comes after many cases where one parent or carer sought to […]

Thirteen convicted over Devon care home abuse

Thirteen people have been convicted after an inquiry into abuse at two care homes for adults with learning disabilities. Residents at Vielstone near Bideford, in Devon, were routinely punished by being held in empty rooms without food, heating or a toilet, a court heard. Staff left vulnerable residents in the rooms, often overnight, during 2010 […]