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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