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The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) are changing the way they inspect local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies across Wales. CSSIW will be using a new inspection framework the next time they inspect services and are stressing the importance of understanding these changes and how they…
Theresa May has pledged to help teenagers improve their mental health by offering a new awareness course on the flagship national service scheme for young people. On A-level results day, the Prime Minister announced the new National Citizen Service (NCS) course as part of efforts to help young people struggling…
Families, patients and staff gathered at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children recently to officially open two brand new rooms which have been built for the Cancer Unit, following a fundraising drive by the Children's Cancer Unit Charity. These new rooms will not only increase the number of beds…
What happens to children who are referred for help, but don’t meet the threshold for support? When things are bad, but not quite bad enough? A lot of work has gone into encouraging people to contact children’s services when they are worried about a child, and it's good news that…
Thousands of children in England referred to social services over concerns including abuse and neglect are not getting the help they need, a charity has said. Action for Children has warned that up to 140,000 youngsters do not meet the threshold for social care and are not referred to early…
A doctor has told medical watchdogs she missed warning signs weeks before an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath after suffering a seizure at an NHS care unit. Valerie Murphy, who is accused of misconduct, was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties…
Modern slavery and human trafficking in the UK is much more prevalent than previously thought, with cases affecting "every large town and city in the country", the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The body is currently assisting on 300 live police operations targeting modern slavery, with alleged victims as…
Mental health advocate and comedian Ruby Wax OBE will be a keynote speaker at a major conference in October organised by HeadStart Wolverhampton. Aimed at teachers, health professionals and voluntary sector staff who work with children and young people, the conference will focus on how they can support young people…
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