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There’s a common myth that does the rounds in the run-up to all elections. We’ve all heard it: the belief that the work of local authorities grinds to a halt in a bid to remain independent and unbiased so that we don’t fall foul of the Purdah Police! “You must…
A former Liberal Democrat MP has raised concern after a High Court judge barred journalists from identifying a woman who has been remanded in custody as a result of social workers raising safety concerns about her three-year-old daughter. Mrs Justice Parker, who is based in the Family Division of the…
McDonald's has apologised for "any upset" caused by its new television advert that a charity has said exploits child bereavement. The ad first screened on May 12 and shows a boy talking with his mother about his late father and wondering what they had in common. He is then shown…
A new Health and Social Care (HSC) app for foster carers, ‘Fostering in a Digital World’, the first of its kind in Northern Ireland has just been launched. The app uses an innovative platform that has been developed specifically for and with HSC foster carers across the South Eastern HSC…
Preventing people from going missing and limiting the harm associated with such incidents are at the heart of a new national strategy. The National Missing Persons Framework for Scotland was launched at a conference today on ‘Returned missing people’, co-organised by University of Glasgow (#ReturnedMissing). The conference brought together Police…
Thousands of foster carers need to be recruited each year. Foster Care Fortnight (8-21 May), run by the UK’s leading fostering charity, The Fostering Network, not only calls for more people to consider becoming carers, but also celebrates the amazing work that foster carers already do, so that everyone can…
Moves to improve the accessibility of a scheme which gives concerned parents a chance to find out if a sex offender has access to their children have been announced by police. Under the existing scheme, parents, guardians or carers who suspect an individual may have inappropriate contact with a child…
Police are investigating after a baby born prematurely died at the age of seven months while under a social services spotlight. The little girl was the subject of family court litigation, as a result of bosses at Lancashire County Council launching care proceedings, and detail of the case has emerged…
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