The Following News Report is from the Independent, one of the United Kingdom National +quo
The Following News Report is from the Independent, one of
the United Kingdom National "qualities" of 1 June 1990:
CARE WORKERS "LED CHILDREN TO INVENT SEX ALLEGATIONS"
By Jack O'Sullivan - Health Services Correspondent.
A CONFIDENTIAL report on alleged Satanic abuse of children
in Nottinghamshire has accused social workers of leading
children into making unfounded allegations.
The report, leaked to Central Television, details evidence
from one child psychologist that "the disclosure procedures
followed by social workers may well be doing positive harm
to the young people they are questioning".
It finds no evidence of ritualistic abuse, which was
described by children during interviews with social
workers. It says that much of the evidence of alleged
satanic abuse was merely a product of a suggestive
The conclusions of the report and the failure to publish its
contents has provoked bitter resentment among the social
workers who feel unable to argue with leaks from it.
A spokesman for NALGO, the union representing the social
workers, said: "This report has been leaked to the press,
yet our members have been unable to see it. They would
welcome the outcome of the full report at the earliest time
possible so that they can gain recourse."
The inquiry was set up last year after eight members of a
family and a male friend were jailed for a total of 43
years in Britain's biggest child sex abuse case which
resulted in 23 children, 18 from one family and all aged
under 12, being taken into care.
As suspicions rose that the well documented abuse may have
had ritual aspects to it, an inquiry was set up including
three social work managers not involved in the case.
The inquiry team claims that after three months of therapy
by social workers one female child alleged acts of
cannibalism and witnessing seven murders.
The submission of the team is that "the interviewing
techniques deployed by social workers on her amounts to
interrogation with pressure being gradually increased until
answers are provided which social workers want to hear".
Another member of the team claims: "The limited choice
questions such as you killed three or thirty babies...can be
interpreted as a typical psychological ploy to induce
The report adds that in one police interview a girl claimed
she fabricated the whole story. All the information she had,
she stated, had come from social workers who pressured her.
In the case of a young woman constantly questioned by one
young woman, the team reports: "It is hard not to draw the
conclusion that she will remain a highly confused
individual in terms of what happened and what didn't...as a
direct result of social work practice. Will she go through
life believing she is a child abuser having participated in
the killing and eating of babies?"
There have been increasing reports of children being
ritually abused in bizarre ceremonies. In March, The
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children,
said that seven of its teams had reported cases of children
who had directly experienced such abuse.
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