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Historical abuse survivors have accused Northern Ireland's politicians of putting their own needs before victims as they continue to wait for financial payments promised 17 months ago. Victims have warned that many have been left suicidal or facing financial ruin as the current Stormont impasse means that the findings and…
The second phase of the Scottish child abuse inquiry will investigate children's homes run by the Catholic Church. The inquiry is examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and has been taking statements from witnesses since last spring. Officials said the first part of the second phase…
A bid to overturn the child sex abuse conviction of a former boarding school worker found guilty by a jury following his suicide during his trial has succeeded. Darren Turk, 54, hanged himself last June while he was on trial accused of offences against boys aged between 11 and 15…
A brand new writing competition for all school-aged children in Scotland who are looked after or have experienced care has launched today. CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children) has teamed up with The Scottish Book Trust, Who Cares? Scotland, the School of Education at the University of…
The initial impetus for the commissioning of this evidence review was a commitment set out in 'Adoption: A vision for change (2016)' to produce 'an independent summary of relevant research evidence for use by local authority managers, social workers and judges which focuses on comparative outcomes of different placement options'.…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has published the Children’s Services Workforce 2015 report which provides a more detailed breakdown of the workforce in children’s services than was previously available. The services examined in the report are day care of children, residential child care and school care accommodation. In the…
A firm has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned on a trip to an old sand quarry. Castle Homes Limited, which ran Castle Lodge home for young people, in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations over the incident in July 2013. Two…
A study by seven British universities has revealed significant inequalities in child welfare across the UK, with children in the poorest areas 10 times more likely than those in the least deprived to become involved in the child protection system. Researchers found ‘strong social gradients’ in the rates of intervention…
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