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Urgent action is needed to strengthen the system that registers people who work with children, according to a parliamentary report. Holyrood's Sport Committee has warned the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) system "may not be preventing unsuitable people from doing regulated work". A Scottish Government review of the system is…
Improvements are needed to remove the isolation, confusion and fear felt by some young people in Children's Hearings, according to a report. The Scottish Parliament's Education and Skills Committee found that many children involved did not understand the process or the large amount of paperwork associated with a hearing. The…
The new child sexual exploitation (CSE) guidance was commissioned by the Department for Education and is based on a review of the evidence by the University of Bedfordshire and Research in Practice. This resource is the original text from which the summary document Tackling child sexual exploitation: Advice for Professionals…
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…
A father-of-four has lost the latest round of a "worrying" family court battle over the care of his youngest child. Social workers at Brighton & Hove City Council had raised welfare concerns shortly after the little girl, now four, was born. Judges have been told that the children's mother had…
Twenty nine people have appeared in court facing a total of more than 170 charges relating to the sexual exploitation of 18 children. The 27 men and two women appeared before a district judge at Huddersfield Magistrates Court charged with offences including rape, trafficking, sexual activity with a child, child…
Journalists have been told to stop saying children at the centre of care disputes between separated parents are embroiled in "custody battles". A group, largely made up of specialist lawyers, which aims to promote understanding of the family justice system says the term demeans children and suggests that they are…
Child sex offences reported in Greater Manchester have increased fourfold in three years, new figures showed today with the number of known or suspected offenders doubling. And the numbers of children identified as at risk has trebled in two years to 1,732, a new report by Stockport MP Ann Coffey…
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