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The National Confidential Forum (the Forum) has this week launched its first Scotland-wide advertising campaign, ‘Shine A Light on Care’, with the support and guidance of care-experienced people. The Forum exists to acknowledge and understand the experiences people have had in Scottish institutions as children, to record those experiences, and…
A family court judge based in Wales has raised concern about a "chronic" shortage of specialist secure accommodation for teenagers. Judge Gareth Jones said he had recently analysed a case involving a 15-year-old girl at a family court hearing in Prestatyn. He said the girl had a "number of difficulties"…
Cambian shares surged 33% after the social care services firm confirmed it had received a potential takeover offer worth £405 million. The two firms are now "in discussions" after CareTech made a preliminary offer comprised of 77p per share in cash and an exchange of 0.348 of a new CareTech…
The second phase of hearings into allegations of abuse at children's homes run by a religious order has drawn to a close following weeks of "powerful, compelling and disturbing" testimony. In excess of 70 people have provided evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry since it began looking specifically at…
An English High Court judge has approved the placement of a sexually-abused 14-year-old girl at a specialist unit in a rural area of Scotland. The youngster had endured a "damaged and disrupted" early childhood and had been left with a "wide range of complex therapeutic needs", Mr Justice Cobb said.…
A senior nun has apologised "unreservedly" to those who told an inquiry they were abused at children's homes run by a religious order. Sister Anna Maria Doolan said she had "no reason to disbelieve" claims from witnesses surrounding their past experiences at Nazareth House institutions in Scotland. The nun, the…
A retired archbishop has told an inquiry he is "deeply ashamed" following allegations of abuses at children's homes run by nuns. Archbishop Mario Conti said he had been "blindly satisfied" in the past that youngsters were being properly cared for at Nazareth House in Aberdeen, the city where he became…
A far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care in Scotland is being given more time to complete its work. Deputy First Minister John Swinney has agreed to a request from the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry chair, the Right Honourable Lady Smith, to remove the requirement…
Care services across Scotland are generally working well to protect children from the risks of sexual exploitation, according to inspectors. The Care Inspectorate has today published a report on a focused scrutiny programme which looked at how well care services are preventing and responding effectively to child sexual exploitation. Inspectors…
A nun has told an inquiry it was painful to see youngsters at a Catholic children's home being separated from their siblings once they reached a certain age. The witness said the practice at Nazareth House in Cardonald, Glasgow, in the 1970s was "not easy to do" but stopped short…
The Government has declined to commit to passing legislation at Westminster to implement recommendations of a major historical abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said she faced a constitutional "challenge" because there was uncertainty over what approach Stormont ministers would have taken if powersharing was still…
A High Court judge has raised concern about the welfare of a troubled teenage girl who professionals think should be in a specialist secure unit. Mr Justice Hayden heard that the teenager, who "violently self-harms", was currently housed in "unsuitable" accommodation. He said she was in "desperate" and "parlous" circumstances.…
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