THREE children who were removed from their violent, drug-addicted birth family went on to suffer a decade of horrific abuse at the hands of their adoptive parents after agencies repeatedly failed to help. The catalogue of missed opportunities was revealed today in a scathing serious case review, which orders both Cheshire East Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to apologise to the youngsters. Their emotional and physical torment only came to an end after the oldest sibling made one last desperate attempt to get professionals to listen and approached an independent reviewing officer.
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By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
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