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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…
A three-year-old girl was hidden in the boot of a car with two adults as a gang tried to smuggle Albanian nationals into the UK. Six people have been jailed for their role in what Judge Simon James described as "a professionally organised criminal organisation" set up to profit from…
An NHS trust has said it is "truly sorry" about the death of an epileptic teenager who drowned in a bath while in its care, after it admitted failings that led to his death. Connor Sparrowhawk (pictured), 18, who had learning difficulties, was found submerged in water at Slade House,…
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…
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…
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has asked a London borough to pay for a family holiday as partial remedy for causing a disabled boy to miss out on nearly two years of specialist support. Over the past nine years the Ombudsman has upheld four separate complaints about London…
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…
The Government has failed to do enough to tackle the rocketing homelessness that has been partly fuelled by its own welfare reforms, according to a damning assessment by the public spending watchdog. Over the last six years there has been a 60% rise in households in temporary accommodation, which includes…
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