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Flexibility in childcare services increased last year, with a higher proportion of providers offering longer opening hours and school holiday sessions, a new report has found. The Care Inspectorate said there was a "considerable increase" in the opening times of many daycare services such as nurseries and playgroups. It found…
Social workers are facing "intense pressure" to ration social care for some of the most vulnerable people in society, a report has claimed. Local authorities are "scrabbling" to fulfil their duties to provide care to the most vulnerable with "grossly insufficient resources", according to the Care and Support Alliance -…
"Far too little" is being done to prevent child domestic abuse and repair the lasting damage it does, a report has found. The second of a two-part "targeted area inspection" focused on the child protection practices of six local authorities: Hounslow, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Bradford, Lincolnshire and Salford. The joint study…
Twin babies whose parents both have learning difficulties and met while living in supported accommodation must be placed for adoption, a family court judge has ruled. Both parents, who are in their 20s, said they could not care for the boys, Recorder Carly Henley heard. The two children, who are…
Teenage girls from deprived areas are at a greater risk of suffering from violence than those from more affluent communities, research suggests. This is because they feel distrusted by their "strict" parents and then put themselves in situations where they could fall victim to violence. Girls from poorer backgrounds are…
The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance of sorts since her pregnancy announcement - launching a national mental health campaign with a video message. The message, recorded before last week's announcement that Kate is expecting her third child, supports an initiative that aims to equip primary school…
Two men who were fostered by the same British couple are being questioned by police investigating the Parsons Green bombing, it has been claimed. An 18-year-old, understood to be suspected of planting the device on a tube train, and a 21-year-old were both arrested under the Terrorism Act following Friday's…
A judge has spoken out about the serious nationwide shortage of secure accommodation for troubled children. Judge Rowe echoed the "frustration" of other senior judges about the situation when she said on Friday that a copy of her findings in the case of a 15-year-old, who can be identified only…
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