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Huddersfield has joined a long list of English towns and cities where the same grim story has emerged of the sexual exploitation of teenage girls on a shocking scale.The stories of the victims in the Huddersfield prosecution are almost identical to those told in Rochdale, Rotherham, Newcastle, Oxford, Aylesbury, Telford…
Social services bosses at a London council have come under fire from a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a teenage boy with complex special needs.Judge Kate Purkiss has criticised managers at Barking and Dagenham Council (pictured) for their failure to monitor the care the teenager…
A gang of men who embarked on a "campaign of rape and other sexual abuse" against vulnerable teenage girls in Huddersfield has been given lengthy jail sentences, it can now be reported.Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum…
A third of 15 to 18-year-olds assessed by a charity are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues.The research from Action for Children suggests that 33% of the 5,000 teenagers surveyed were experiencing problems on a regular basis.Common issues were feeling depressed, restless sleep, struggling to focus their minds…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raised concerns over 17-year-old Bethany, who MPs heard also has extreme anxiety, and urged the Government to act to stop vulnerable…
Around 50,000 vulnerable young children are living in households with a "toxic trio" of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems, a new report has found.The Children's Commissioner for England's report, published on Wednesday, also said there were more than 160,000 children aged under five living in…
One in 10 children (11%) say they have no one to talk to, or would not talk to anyone in school if they felt worried or sad, a survey has found. The poll of 1,323 schoolchildren aged between 10 and 15 were asked how feeling worried or sad affected their…
David Tennant has said he felt a huge sense of responsibility to do justice to his new series about raising a child with a learning disability. The former Doctor Who plays the father of nine-year-old Rosie in autobiographical comedy drama There She Goes from writer Shaun Pye, whose daughter was…
A children’s charity has launched a campaign to double the number of youngsters it supports over the next five years.Children 1st helped 10,000 children and their families last year and aims to dramatically increase this figure by 2023 as demand for its services increases.Its 'Give A Child Their Smile Back'…
The most senior family court judge in England and Wales has raised concern about the knock-on effects of a shortage of approved secure accommodation units for children in council care. Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division of the High Court, says he is concerned about youngsters being placed…
A charity has scored a partial victory in the Court of Appeal against the Home Office over its handling of unaccompanied child refugees. Following a challenge by Help Refugees, senior judges ruled that a number of child asylum seekers assessed for transfer to the UK under an amendment moved by…
A project to reduce social isolation and increase independence among young wheelchair users has been launched by the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon met youngsters at an event run by charity Whizz-Kidz, which aims to use youth clubs, residential camps, wheelchair skills training and work placements to build the aspirations of…
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