Crown Prosecution Service failed to review child sex abuse case

Alison SaundersThe recent decision of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) not to prosecute Greville Janner may be the subject of future judicial deliberations but Kids for Cash UK’s David Gale contacted Alison Saunders, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), in February 2014, highlighting a child sex abuse case that had never been reviewed by CPS.

Despite Saunder’s predecessor’s (Keir Starmer) edict, that all child sex abuse cases must be reviewed by a specialist CPS lawyer, the case has never been to CPS. Kids for Cash UK’s voluntary CEO, David Gale, wrote to Alison Saunders on the 24th February 2014 outlining the circumstances of a case that South Yorkshire Constabulary had refused to send to CPS despite two videoed specialist police team interviews with the child leading all those involved in the investigation to conclude that the reported abuse was genuine. The alleged paedophile is the brother of a police officer who is evidenced as interfering with the police investigation and intimidating junior social workers.

The victim’s mother also forwarded details of the case to the DPP’s child sex abuse national review panel which did no more than send the case back to South Yorkshire police ‘for review’.

Gale said, “I had anticipated that providing a stark warning to the current DPP’s private email address would initiate some kind of response but instead we received a brief email that confirmed receipt of my email and attachments “which have been placed on file”.

“In January 2015, I asked the Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Constabulary to explain why his force had failed to refer the case to CPS. Neither the DPP nor South Yorkshire’s Chief Constable have provided a response.

“Clearly, the current DPP is incapable of organising the CPS in such a way as to prevent the risk of harm to children. That cannot be a situation that is allowed to prevail.”


David Gale | Voluntary Chief Executive | Kids for Cash UK | w:

Kids for Cash UK – investigating child abuse and criminal corruption in the family justice and social care systems

Categories: Government, Police

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