As Ella stated Since this case I no longer have any faith in Childrens Services

As ella stated since this case i no longer have any

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authorities. As Ella stated: ‘Since this case, I no longer have any faith in Children’s Services, or the Child Protection arena ... In my case the Police and social workers worked together to attempt to get the outcome that they wanted… I now doubt the integrity of those I once placed my trust in.’ Paul also expressed a cynical viewpoint: ‘I immediately lost faith in the criminal justice system… It unnerved me when I realised that Police are not interested in ‘Truth’. Their interest is in securing a conviction, and will manufacture ‘evidence’ to support their suspicions. In the opinion of the police, a good Social Services department, is one which produces many suspicions against adults. They see their job as done, if they can ban a man from working with children, and then record all children he was working with as ‘we have protected X number of children from abuse’. Jack describes how: ‘The police mishandled the whole investigation in my opinion (my complaints are still being investigated). Social Services did not offer support of any kind. The justice system was awful. I had to sit in a cell in court for four days while my accuser did not even have to appear in the court…. I now have no faith at all in the Police or the justice system and neither do any of my family (and I am an ex Policeman). I was treated as a guilty man from the moment I walked into the Police station and that continued throughout. Everything I had in my defence was ignored until we got to court.’
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48 Loss of trust in the police Twenty of the twenty-five participants who had police contact as a result of the allegation, described the police investigation as having ‘blinkered vision’ and bias. Jon stated: ‘Before all this happened I had a naive trust in the police. Now I know that the police can be prejudiced, blinkered, and are prone to ignore the facts… In my recent trial it was revealed that the police themselves inform the accusers of their eligibility for compensation…. I trusted, rather naively, that the police would investigate to see if I was innocent; instead it became apparent that, since I was a religious Brother connected to the Catholic Church, they assumed I was guilty.’ He was not alone in feeling personally vilified, and that the investigation was prejudiced from the start. Rick claimed: ‘I have no respect for the police at all. They were determined to prosecute me, even though, if they had followed the leads I gave them at interview, they would have quickly ascertained that I was innocent. They chose not to seek evidence, only to search for corroboration… [the hardest part was] the police’s biased approach. They treated the whole process as a game of ‘destroy the defendant.’ They were not the slightest bit interested in the truth, only my conviction. I will NEVER trust them again. I have had no apology.’ Thirteen participants described what they saw to be police malpractice. Susannah recalls
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