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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…
New curbs to clamp down on the use of police custody to hold people in mental health crisis have taken effect. Measures which came into force on Monday include a blanket ban on placing children in cells after they are detained under mental health laws. For adults, the use of…
Spending on children's services was slashed by nearly £1 billion under David Cameron, according to Labour. The party's shadow education secretary Angela Rayner expressed concern, saying the Local Government Association has forecast that children's services face a £2 billion funding gap by 2020. Labour said Education Department figures showed spending…
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.…
Some 128,000 children will wake up homeless in Britain on Christmas Day - the highest number in a decade, according to a leading housing charity. The figure, which has jumped by two-thirds since 2011, was labelled a "national scandal" by Shelter chief executive Polly Neate. Families shunted into temporary accommodation…
There are 100 more homeless children for every announcement the Government has made on homelessness since 2010, Labour has claimed. Shadow housing minister John Healey said the Government needed action and "not more warm words" to tackle homelessness and rough sleeping. Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government had increased…
The charity running hundreds of foodbanks is appealing for public support as it gears up for its busiest Christmas so far. The Trussell Trust said December last year was its busiest month on record, with almost 150,000 three-day emergency food supplies given to people in crisis, including 61,000 to children.…
The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-shortening illnesses, their own death, or who have lost a relative attended the recent event.…
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