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Parents are being urged to think carefully about whether their child can be left home alone, as figures suggest that more people are raising concerns about youngsters being left during the school holidays. The NSPCC said it received more than 1,200 calls and emails last summer about children being left…
Scotland's position on smacking children is "untenable in international human rights terms", the country's new children's commissioner has said. Bruce Adamson said legally allowing parents to smack their children puts Scotland at odds with the law in the majority of Europe. Current legislation in Scotland enables parents to use a…
Hundreds of thousands of children left in limbo over their residency status after Brexit must not be used as bargaining chips in the negotiations, the children's commissioner for England has warned Brussels. Many youngsters have told of their fears about their future in Britain after the country quits the European…
Lone child refugees stranded in Europe have been left vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking after being failed by the British government, a new report claims. Ministers were accused of doing "as little as legally possible" to help minors who are unaccompanied or separated from relatives. The assessment is based on…
Research in Practice has published an open access report in partnership with the National Children’s Bureau, which examines the needs of the children’s workforce in relation to working with children and young people who are displaying Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB). This is the seventh research project undertaken by the Local…
The Royal Borough of Greenwich has won £1.95m of funding from the Department for Education’s Innovation Programme for a three year project which will transform help for children and families experiencing domestic abuse. SafeCORE will work intensively with up to 360 local families a year who have had a number…
The national centre which has been tasked with wiping out the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) is in jeopardy, it has been claimed. The National FGM Centre, which is run by the children's charity Barnardo's and the Local Government Association, aspires to prevent the practice by working with…
Trying to protect children from all online risks may be futile, according to a new report, which says youngsters are increasingly conducting their online lives in private. The study also warns that more than a third (37%) of UK 15-year-olds are now "extreme internet users", who are on their computers…
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