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Protecting Children and Adults from Abuse After Savile

Protecting Children and Adults from Abuse After Savile

What Organisations and Institutions Need to Do

Edited by Marcus Erooga. Foreword by Steve Reeves.

Quick Overview

Written for professionals in safeguarding settings, this book examines what we know about Jimmy Savile's sexual abuse of hundreds of children and vulnerable people over a period of decades. It examines how he got away with it, the impact of the case, and what can be learned by organisations to prevent such abuses from taking place again.
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Paperback / softback
2018, 8.98in x 6.14in / 228mm x 156mm, 320pp
ISBN: 9781785920936
2018, ePUB, 320pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-356-7
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The high profile reporting of child sexual abuse carried out by Jimmy Savile over decades has had far reaching-consequences, raising public awareness and concern, yet we continue to uncover new cases of institutional abuse which have been taking place under the radar for years.

This book distils the learning from 80+ public inquiries relating to Savile as well as related cases of institutional abuse and analyses the key findings. It examines what we now know about offending within organisations and institutions, and how organisational failures can enable abusers. Each chapter also outlines solutions, offering perspectives for individuals and organisations on what practical action they can take to minimise risk in the settings in which they work.

The book includes chapters specifically dedicated to the NHS, sports organisations and schools, and is necessary reading for professionals with responsibility for safeguarding in any setting.


'This book is a "must-read" for all who work to prevent the atrocities perpetrated by Jimmy Savile and others like him from being repeated. Marcus Erooga and colleagues have compiled an extraordinary and timely work that captures the multiple factors that allowed predators to sexually abuse the vulnerable with impunity. Their careful research enlightens us as to the complex reasons why victims find it so difficult to report their abuse and why bystanders miss, or even worse ignore, the signs that abuse is occurring.'
- Kathleen McChesney, former Executive Director, Office of Child Protection, US Conference of Catholic Bishops former Executive Assistant Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation


Given how rampant Savile's abuse of power was, lessons must be learnt. Marcus Erooga gives a compelling message for all institutions to ensure clarity and consistency of safeguarding policies are established and followed.

Savile's victims were made to feel powerless. No one should ever have to experience what these victims did in the future.

- Linda Davison, Headteacher, Holy Family Catholic Primary School