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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…
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…
An alleged child sex offence is recorded by police every 10 minutes, an investigation has revealed. Forces around the UK logged a record 55,507 suspected sexual crimes against under-18s in 2015/16, figures obtained by the NSPCC show. This indicates that police are registering reported offences including rape, sexual assault and…
Children in need of help will be able to get counselling on their smartphones through a new app launched by the NSPCC's Childline. The app will allow youngsters to chat directly with a counsellor, as well as get advice on issues such as bullying. It also includes a private "locker"…
Parents who try to turn their children against an ex-partner or spouse following a break-up should be punished in the courts, ministers have been told. Simon Danczuk urged the Government to recognise parental alienation as a form of emotional abuse as he suggested he had been a victim of such…
The Scottish Parliament will next week be invited to nominate Bruce Adamson to Her Majesty the Queen for appointment as the new Commissioner for Children and Young People in Scotland. The Commissioner’s general duty is to promote and safeguard the rights of children and young people in Scotland. Mr Adamson…
Four children were rescued by police from a filthy house with walls smeared with excrement and used nappies strewn across bare floors. The youngsters, all under five, lived in "feral and dangerous" conditions in the property in Leyland, Lancashire. Their parents each admitted four counts of child neglect when they…
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