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The UK's Children's Commissioners have called for a halt in the controversial roll-out of Universal Credit (UC) for families with children as they face an "almost impossible challenge" due to the weeks-long wait for payments. In a direct plea to the Chancellor, they said a pause was "essential" to prevent…
Aspire Scotland, a bespoke care and education services for children and young people in the UK, has been sold to the Priory Group for an undisclosed sum. Aspire Scotland operates seven homes in Scotland and caters for vulnerable children and young people, providing a safe, nurturing and ‘family’ environment. It…
Children's services for those most at risk are on a "dangerous footing" charities have warned, with Government cuts being blamed for funding being slashed. Councils have had less money to spend on early intervention services since 2010, a joint report from three leading children's charities said. Children in the most…
Two police officers have been sacked after accidentally leaving a message on a mother's voicemail saying they hoped her vulnerable child would "get raped". The Avon and Somerset Police officers were on their way to an incident involving the child when one of them rang the mother's mobile for more…
Allegations of physical and sexual abuse at an adolescent mental health unit spanning decades are being investigated, police said. A criminal investigation into reports of abuse of young patients at Hill End Hospital Adolescent Unit in St Albans, Hertfordshire, has been launched, Hertfordshire Constabulary said. The abuse is said to…
Actor David Morrissey says the Syrian refugee resettlement programme "provides a lifeline" for people to rebuild their lives. The star, who is a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), visited Lebanon, host to more then one million displaced Syrians, to see firsthand how the process…
Scotland is taking a "bolder and more focused" approach to tackling fuel poverty, Housing Minister Kevin Stewart said. The Scottish Government missed its target to eradicate the problem by 2016, with ministers now looking to set new goals to reduce it. A new consultation is being launched, with Mr Stewart…
The Duchess of Cambridge is due to attend a forum on how schools can tackle mental health problems. The Place2Be school leaders forum will see expert speakers consider how schools can provide practical support to children, young people and their families. Kate, who is a royal patron of Place2Be, has…
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