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An investigation has been launched after a vulnerable boy escaped the care of social workers while staying at the Craig Tara caravan resort in South Ayrshire. The 11-year-old climbed through the window of a caravan during the night before walking several miles along a busy carriageway to his mother’s home…
Half of children receiving supplies from foodbanks are aged between five and eleven, new research has revealed. The Trussell Trust, which runs more than 420 foodbanks, said its study showed how close to crisis many families are living. There were over 67,500 three-day emergency food supplies given to children in…
The Scottish and Welsh governments have written to the UK Immigration Minister raising concerns about the treatment of unaccompanied child refugees. Scottish Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Angela Constance, and her Welsh counterpart Carl Sargeant have sent a joint letter to Brandon Lewis which criticises "lack of planning…
Parents are being urged to think carefully about whether their child can be left home alone, as figures suggest that more people are raising concerns about youngsters being left during the school holidays. The NSPCC said it received more than 1,200 calls and emails last summer about children being left…
Scotland's position on smacking children is "untenable in international human rights terms", the country's new children's commissioner has said. Bruce Adamson said legally allowing parents to smack their children puts Scotland at odds with the law in the majority of Europe. Current legislation in Scotland enables parents to use a…
Hundreds of thousands of children left in limbo over their residency status after Brexit must not be used as bargaining chips in the negotiations, the children's commissioner for England has warned Brussels. Many youngsters have told of their fears about their future in Britain after the country quits the European…
Lone child refugees stranded in Europe have been left vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking after being failed by the British government, a new report claims. Ministers were accused of doing "as little as legally possible" to help minors who are unaccompanied or separated from relatives. The assessment is based on…
Research in Practice has published an open access report in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau, which examines the needs of the children’s workforce in relation to working with children and young people who are displaying Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB). This is the seventh research project undertaken by the Local…
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