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One family's nightmare

Victoria Derbyshire | 09:40 UK time, Tuesday, 4 August 2009

We can bring you for the first time this morning the details of an extraordinary case involving a family from Derbyshire and their battle with Derbyshire social services.

Three years ago a father in this family was accused of sexual abuse by his own 21-year-old daughter. The young woman told her boyfriend her dad had abused her since she was 12. She then told her parents she'd lied to her boyfriend.

The father was investigated by the police and charged. After being tried in a criminal court, a jury cleared him of all charges.

Despite that, social services didn't want him to continue living at the family home with his daughter and her three younger sisters.

I've recorded an interview with his wife and the mother of the four girls. She has chosen to speak to this programme about their experiences. We're calling her Christine, not her real name, and her words are spoken for her to protect the family's identity. She explained how the allegations came about:

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