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The Scout Association apologise for the hurt caused by child abuse within the movement.

The organisation admitted it has paid out around £500,000 in compensation to abuse victims since October 2012. “

The apology comes after the BBC reported on two historical cases of abuse. In both cases, the broadcaster said perpetrators were not reported to the police.

“Those were inappropriate and unacceptable responses to that situation, these were extremely rare incidences and this should not have happened. We deeply regret this failure,” the association’s spokesman said about the two cases.

But he said the organisation was confident that the mistakes of the past would not be repeated.

“Where there is any evidence of wrongdoing, this information is automatically passed on to the police,” he said.

“This is in line with a clear written code of conduct, which we have had in place for the last 20 years, which requires all adults in the movement to report suspected cases of abuse to the appropriate authorities.”

The organisation denied claims, reported by the BBC, that 56 people have instructed solicitors to sue the association over historical abuse since October 2012.

The Scouts put the number of people who have launched civil actions since that time at 36 – more than double the number of people who had done so during the first century of the movement’s history.

More on the story: http://www.theguardian.com/