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Police investigating a series of care home thefts have released images of a suspect wearing a disguise whom they want to trace. Staffordshire Police issued the CCTV stills of a woman they want to speak to, showing her what is believed to be a black wig and dark-rimmed glasses. Officers…
The University of Derby has launched a new course aimed at supporting health and social care workers into higher education while they continue to work and earn. The Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care has been developed by academics at University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) to…
Council social workers may not be able to find carers who are an "ethnic match" for five children taken from home in the wake of concern about their parents' drug abuse, a family court judge has said. But social services bosses at Derbyshire County Council have told Judge Clifford Bellamy…
This overview report summarises the findings of an independently led Serious Case Review (SCR) commissioned by the Chair of Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB). It concerns Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith, described by her family as a beautiful girl with an infectious smile, twinkling eyes and a bubbly personality, a gentle and loving…
A toddler was stamped to death by her mother after care professionals allowed concern for the killer to "overshadow" the child's needs, a serious case review has found. The report by Derbyshire's Safeguarding Children Board revealed that 21-month-old Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith was killed a day after a multi-agency risk assessment meeting…
The Initial Teacher Education (ITE) team at the University of Derby has donated £1,500 to Plus One, a joint initiative between Derby Theatre and other major arts organisations in the city, which provides young people in care, care leavers and their families with the opportunity to experience free arts experiences…
A mother has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 24 years after being found guilty of murdering her toddler daughter Ayeeshia Jane Smith by stamping the child to death. Kathryn Smith, 23, was convicted by majority verdict at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday after a six-week trial…
A mother has been found guilty of murder after stamping to death her "happy and smiley" 21-month-old toddler at the family home. Kathryn Smith, aged 23, was convicted of killing Ayeeshia Jane Smith at the flat where they lived in Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire, on May 1 2014. Her 22-year-old former…
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