Councils to review foster father case

A serious case review has been launched by three local
authorities following the conviction of a foster father who abused
more than 2,000 girls over 10 years.

Glyn Martin, who was a school governor, was sentenced to 18
years in prison at Hull Crown Court last week for offences
including indecent assault, child abduction and taking indecent

He was given custodianship of two girls in 1991, who were later
put on the child protection register by Humberside Council because
of concerns they might be at risk of sexual abuse.

A psychiatrist and two psychologists commissioned to assess
Martin during care proceedings in 1995 concluded that he might pose
a risk but that neither of the children had made a complaint and to
remove them would cause harm.

The children’s names were removed from the child protection
register in 1997.

East Riding, Doncaster and Sheffield Councils have commissioned
the inquiry into the case, the findings of which will be published
in the coming weeks.

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