Re P and Q (Children: Care Proceedings: Fact Finding)

Family proceedings – Care proceedings. Allegations had been made, and subsequently retracted, by two children against their father accusing him of involvement in a satanic cult that engaged in the sexual abuse and murder of children. In the course of care proceedings, the Family Court carried out a fact finding hearing which concluded that neither child had been abused by anyone named by the children, including the father, and that there had been no satanic cult. The children's false stories had come about as the result of relentless emotional and psychological pressure as well as significant physical abuse perpetrated by the mother's then partner in collaboration with the mother.

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