When news broke last year that local authorities had been caught trying to suppress evidence of child abuse to avoid losing insurance cover should they have found themselves having to compensate victims, the public and the media started to look at how insurance companies in these situations were behaving, too.
A BBC investigation observed that insurance companies were placing pressure on councils to make it increasingly difficult for victims of sexual abuse to seek justice, not just in the present, but stretching back several years.
That this behaviour has a long history to it, is even greater cause for concern. We know this kind of behaviour stems back at least as far as 1996, when MP Rhodri Morgan exposed insurance companies Zurich Mutual and Municipal’s threats to withdraw insurance if independent reports outlining abuse in care in Wales, were published.
As of yet, there has only been one inquiry into how insurance companies have managed to influence councils or place undue pressure on local authorities to avoid claims (thanks to Morgan’s campaign), but there has not yet been a single, dedicated inquiry into insurance companies across the UK and their conduct in this context.
The Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse has now promised to look at how insurance companies have been dealing with child sexual abuse allegations, however it remains to be seen whether the Inquiry will have the time and resources to give this element the attention it deserves during the first phase of their work, which incorporates 12 different investigations and will be their main focus for this year.
For those of us assisting parents in this area, we are only too familiar with the resistance local authorities often show and the lack of willing when it comes to investigating allegations of child sexual abuse, which we are aware are underpinned by concerns over insurance payouts. The questions now must be, how many insurance companies are engaging in this behaviour and how many victims have been affected?
Many thanks to Maggie Tuttle for sharing the Early Day Motion, with us.
hollie greig justice said:
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THIS IS THE KEY TO ALL THE COVER UPS
Forced Adoption said:
How much would an average pregnant mother have to pay by way of premium to an insurance company to cover the possibility of(a) her baby being taken within a week of birth by social workers or police and (b) Eventually being given up for adoption by strangers????
I am only asking???
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maggie tuttle said:
you should look into the insurance company and ask them but then we all are aware how much we have to pay for insurances for what ever, and as the social services have to insure not only the kids (In a child’s best interest) but all staff and the whole army employed by the social all down to the tax payers to foot the bill, and don’t forget them in the Lords and the house are also insured we are talking billions of pounds lets go back a few years to
Municipal Mutual Insurance.During the 70s & 80s Staffs County Council were sued for the use of what was called “pin-down policy”. Children in care were subjected to this with horrifying results which resulted in legal action against Staffs CC and MMI were the insurance company dealing with it as their insurers. The claims were many and they came at a time that MMI was also dealing with an action against West Mids Police by the “Birmingham 6”. The file was called “Billy Power & others v. West Mids Police”.
So financially damaging were these claims to MMI that they had to be taken over by Zurich Insurance. This means that any claims would now be dealt with by Zurich Insurance not MMI.
so from the 70s to present day the scandal will continue for the abused victims who lost their childhood and families and live out their lives with no future all because of money debates and paedophiles, also remember Blair is part of the Zurich Insurance, and it is time that the Nation started to put 2×2 together and link the names then all will know truth.
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Roger Crawford said:
About time all this is fully investigated by an independent body.
It not just insurance companies. It’s shocking that the government pays lip service to abuse victims.. They know what is going on. It’s all damage limitation. Years spent covering up atrocities will come to nothing as the world of communication is different now!
I want to know who sanctioned the cover ups! They need to be held accountable!
An example is the allegations of fostercare abuses. Do all cases go to court or is there a panel of investigators who decide? Are the police brought in to investigate in all cases? Only a small percentage are ever found guilty and then what happens? Are the abusers prosecuted & sent to prison? Are the victims compensated? What about those cases where no abuse was found to have happened, does the child remain in the foster home? How many abuses are just filed away?
Is this happening only in America? I think not!
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