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The Duke of Cambridge has teamed up with pop superstar Lady Gaga to encourage people to open up about their feelings and bring an end to the "shame" of talking about mental health issues. In a video watched by around 15,000 people live on Facebook, William and Lady Gaga chatted…
Thousands of youngsters are feeling lonely and misunderstood, Childline has said. The helpline provided the equivalent of 11 counselling sessions a day in 2016/17, 4,063 in total, to children and young people suffering from loneliness. The issue is usually associated with older people, Childline said, but it is getting calls…
Major changes to the benefits system coming into force on Thursday will condemn hundreds of thousands more children to poverty, charities have warned. The Children's Society called on the Government to think again over imposing a new "two-child limit" on Universal Credit and child tax credit as the move will…
New guidelines have been published to improve the way evidence from child and vulnerable witnesses is taken in court cases. Scotland's Lord Justice Clerk, Lady Dorrian, has drawn-up the advice around commissions; in which examination and cross-examination of vulnerable witnesses is recorded in advance of a trial to reduce their…
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 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…
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