Serious case review launched after foster father sentenced for abusing children

    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, writes Sally
    Gillen.

    Glyn Martin, a former 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
    photographs.

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

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

    Their names were removed from the child protection register in
    1997.  

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

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