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The number of investigations started by councils into whether children are being harmed or at risk has more than doubled in the last decade, town hall bosses have warned. More than 500 child protection inquiries began each day in 2016/17, compared to around 200 a day 10 years ago, according…
Some 128,000 children will wake up homeless in Britain on Christmas Day - the highest number in a decade, according to a leading housing charity. The figure, which has jumped by two-thirds since 2011, was labelled a "national scandal" by Shelter chief executive Polly Neate. Families shunted into temporary accommodation…
There are 100 more homeless children for every announcement the Government has made on homelessness since 2010, Labour has claimed. Shadow housing minister John Healey said the Government needed action and "not more warm words" to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government had increased…
A "turning point" has been reached in the fight against poverty following the first sustained increases in child and pensioner poverty for 20 years, according to a new report. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) said almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are living in poverty than four years…
The charity running hundreds of foodbanks is appealing for public support as it gears up for its busiest Christmas so far. The Trussell Trust said December last year was its busiest month on record, with almost 150,000 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis, including 61,000 to children.…
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…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) CEO, Dr. Ruth Allen, has warned the Government that we are facing “generational trauma” for children who are stuck in poverty and increasingly at risk of neglect, following the unveiling of data showing a record high in Section 47s. The Department of Education’s…
Welfare assessors could be given access to claimants' medical records in a bid improve the service, the Work and Pensions Secretary has told MPs. David Gauke also said that meetings between claimants and assessors may be "recorded and audited" to ensure the advice provided was of "suitable quality". Tory MP…
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