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The British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and Cruse Bereavement Care have formed a strategic partnership to promote the benefits of counselling for people who struggle to cope following the death of someone close to them. The two organisations aim to improve access to quality counselling for bereaved people…
Serial paedophile Barry Bennell has been branded "the devil incarnate" by a judge who jailed him for 30 years for abusing 12 young footballers he coached. The former Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City scout was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of 50 child sexual offences committed between 1979 and…
One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims including a girl who was ordered to eat dog food, has been jailed for 32 years. Cambridge graduate Dr Matthew Falder has admitted 137 offences, including blackmail, voyeurism and encouraging the rape of a child, relating to…
The family of murdered MP Jo Cox have pledged their support to her embattled widower Brendan after sexual assault allegations from his past resurfaced. Ms Cox's sister Kim Leadbeater said Mr Cox "did the right thing" in admitting "inappropriate" behaviour while he worked at Save the Children in 2015. Mr…
Oxfam's 2011 investigation into the Haiti sex scandal concluded charities should be warned about "problem staff" - only for several accused of abuse to successfully take up future posts in the aid sector. The charity made the recommendations at the end of a report which detailed four dismissals and three…
Scientists have developed a blood and urine test that can detect autism in children. Researchers at the University of Warwick said the test, believed to be the first of its kind, could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children who could then be given appropriate treatment…
The mother of a seriously ill six-year-old boy has described a government decision to deny him a life-changing cannabis treatment as "astonishing", and pleaded with the public to help lobby for a change of heart. Alfie Dingley's mother Hannah Deacon said she felt the Home Office was not applying common…
A "care pension" which would help cover costs for people later in life should be introduced, according to a former pensions minister. Sir Steve Webb, who is now director of policy at mutual insurer Royal London, said a solution is needed which could help people build up protection against the…
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