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A woman who lives in "constant fear" of her ex-husband should be allowed to give their two children new identities, a High Court judge has ruled Mr Justice Cobb said the woman should be allowed to take the rare and "draconian" step of giving the 13-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl…
A family court judge has refused to approve social workers' plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them. Judge Clifford Bellamy said he wanted a child psychologist to assess the effect of separation on the children. He said…
The number of investigations started by councils into whether children are being harmed or at risk has more than doubled in the last decade, town hall bosses have warned. More than 500 child protection inquiries began each day in 2016/17, compared to around 200 a day 10 years ago, according…
A warehouseman found to have shaken his baby daughter and caused a brain injury could be allowed to care for the youngster again if therapy is successful, a senior family court judge said. The girl, now two, suffered a "catastrophic collapse" when four months old and stopped breathing for around…
A scheme to relieve pressure on local councils caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is set to be rolled out. Under new legislation the National Transfer Scheme (NTS), which allows hard-pressed local authorities to transfer children to councils with greater capacity, will be extended to include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.…
The Scottish Government's controversial named person policy is facing further delays following a vote by a Holyrood committee. A majority of MSPs on the Education Committee backed extending scrutiny of key legislation for the scheme. They want ministers to provide details of crucial guidance accompanying the Children and Young People…
An adoption agency's advertising claim that it used only "experienced competent assessors" has been banned following a complaint that it received an overall "inadequate" ranking from Ofsted. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found that the New Leaf Adoption agency's website claim, seen in March, was misleading in light of an…
Nearly 200 suspected paedophiles were arrested in just one week as investigators warned of a rise in the use of live streaming to groom, blackmail and abuse victims. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said a UK-wide operation in October had saved 245 children from harm and 192 people were detained.…
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