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A High Court judge has criticised council social services staff over their care of a sick 15-year-old boy. Mr Justice Hayden said the teenager suffered from a variety of medical problems and had been placed at a residential unit under the care of Westminster City Council some months ago. But…
Mental health services for children and young people could be pushed further down the Scottish Government's priority list by plans for a second independence referendum, Labour has warned. Inequalities spokeswoman Monica Lennon said it was "heart-wrenching" that almost 17,000 youngsters in the last three years had had applications for specialist…
Parents feeling blamed for their child’s mental health difficulties has been cited as a common reason for them not seeking support, according to new research from the University of Reading. Feelings that others are dismissive or blame parents commonly cited as reasons for not accessing help for children and young…
A council which failed to alert border agencies when a mother took her children to Australia without their father’s consent, has been asked by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) to pay the father’s expenses to return them. Somerset County Council first became aware of the family when the father visited…
The Department for Education has published the Institute of Public Care’s evaluation of a range of innovations in Children’s Social Care in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight trialled during 2015-16. These innovations include: Multi-disciplinary teams working with families with ‘toxic trio’ issues Use of volunteers to work with young…
A review of children whose referrals to mental health services were rejected will be held, the First Minister has announced. NHS figures show about one in five referrals was rejected in 2015, with the number affected totalling around 17,000 children and young people over the last three years. Conservative MSP…
Leading judges have been urged to overturn the child sex abuse conviction of a former boarding school worker found guilty by a jury following his suicide during a trial. Darren Turk, 54, hanged himself while he was on trial accused of offences against boys aged between 11 and 15 at…
Council bosses who took legal action against a mother-of-two because social workers feared she had links to Islamic State extremists should not have to pick up her lawyers' bills, a High Court judge has ruled. Bosses had persuaded a judge to bar the children from travelling abroad - and to…
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