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POLICE LAUNCH PROBE INTO ALLEGATIONS OF LANCASHIRE CHILD ABUSE

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Police have launched a major investigation into allegations of sex abuse in children's homes, residential schools a...
Police have launched a major investigation into allegations of sex abuse in children's homes, residential schools and care establishments across Lancashire, reports the BBC's Ceefax service.

Operation Nevada is to establish whether there had been a problem of institutionalised abuse in Lancashire. The inquiry will focus on alleged offenders still working with children.

A statement from Lancashire CC read: 'Lancashire County Council is working with the police to assist them in their investigations into alleged child abuse in private and local authority establishments in the county.

'We have made staff resources available to assist in the enquiries and we will offer help in any other way. The authority wishes to stress that the allegations are believed in the main to be historic.

'Rigorous screening procedures, involving the police and the Department of Health, are in place so that anyone applying for a post working with children in any capacity within the county council is thoroughly vetted.

'We are confident that should the police, in the course of their investigations, come across any information that any child in Lancashire, or elsewhere in the country, may be vulnerable to abuse by someone who is caring for them in any care setting, including schools, they will inform us immediately. The necessary steps would then be taken with parents or other carers for their children's immediate protection.

'We are unable to make further comment on the allegations until the police investigations are complete.'

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