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Teachers and police officers should consider whether tantrums and excessive clinginess are possible signs of child abuse, a watchdog has said. New guidance says professionals working outside the NHS should be alert to "soft signs" that a child is experiencing abuse or neglect. These can include "frequent rages" with only…
The Duchess of Cambridge will visit Wales today for her first engagements with Action for Children since becoming the charity's patron. Kate became patron of the charity, which cares for disadvantaged children from across the UK, in December - following on from the Queen. The organisation helps all types of…
Children are not being taken seriously when they report violent and sexual crimes, the Government's victims tsar has warned. Criminal justice agencies are at risk of failing youngsters who feel they are being let down by the system that is meant to protect them, according to Baroness Newlove. The Victims'…
A new national database of missing people is to be rolled out as part of a drive to tackle child sexual exploitation. The facility will allow police to access data about adults and children who disappear across force boundaries. Plans for a National Missing Persons Register were revealed as ministers…
Child protection experts are receiving a report about possible female genital mutilation every day, new figures reveal. An NSPCC helpline logged 1,564 contacts about girls who may have suffered or are risk of the practice between June 2013 and last month. It means people are getting in touch with the…
The UK's four children's commissioners have written to the Government to tell of their "deep concern" at the decision to end a scheme to bring lone child refugees to Britain. The Government last week unexpectedly announced that just 350 children will be given a home in the UK under the…
A raft of celebrities and campaigners are calling on the Prime Minister not to end the Dubs scheme for vulnerable and lone child refugees. The scheme, named after its architect, Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs, will be capped once another 150 unaccompanied children are brought to Britain, on top of…
The Western Trust are urging parents to be aware of the risk of Child Sexual Exploitation. The call comes as part of the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Week organised by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland. Child Sexual Exploitation is a form of sexual abuse when a person exploits…
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