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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…
Criticism has been levelled at the Government after it confirmed a scheme to take in lone child refugees from Europe had seen only around 200 youngsters so far given sanctuary. This was fewer than half the 480 unaccompanied minors the Conservative administration had agreed to take when it controversially closed…
Police are "absolutely determined" to obtain a successful prosecution for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) despite no-one being convicted of the crime since it was outlawed more than 30 years ago, a senior officer has said. Inspector Allen Davis, from Scotland Yard's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said it…
More than eight in 10 adults are unlikely to become foster carers, a charity said, warning of a fostering crisis. Over 85% of UK adults surveyed on behalf of Action for Children showed little or no interest in fostering, the charity found. Some 4,262 adults in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland…
The number of cases involving a child committing a sexual offence against another child aged 17 or under reported to prosecutors has risen by more than a third in four years. The figures rose from 224 in 2011/12 to 300 in 2015/16, a 34% increase, according to the Crown Office…
Family court judges have a crisis on their hands because council social services bosses are making more applications for children to be taken from the care of parents, the most senior judge in England and Wales has suggested. Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice (pictured), said last year saw a…
Six investigations were commissioned by Rotherham Council, in 2014 and 2015, following the findings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (Jay Report), and the “Report of Inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council” (Louise Casey Report). Professor Alexis Jay’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham…
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