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There has been a surge of young people in Northern Ireland seeking help for dealing with anxiety, a helpline has said.The revelation comes in Childline's annual review, The Courage To Talk, which highlights the work done by the NSPCC-supported service.In 2017/18 at Childline's two bases in Northern Ireland, Belfast and…
Young people's futures are being put at risk because of cuts in youth services, including hundreds of job losses, a new report warns.Unison said almost 900 youth worker jobs have been axed since 2016 and more than £13 million has been sliced from youth services across the UK.At least 160…
An independent report has urged ministers to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Scotland to 16 and set up a new youth justice system for offenders up to the age of 21.The work, commissioned jointly by the charity Action for Children and Bruce Adamson, Scotland’s Children and Young People’s…
Play fighting involving staff as well as inmates is "widespread" at a youth jail, an inspection found.The issue was referenced in a report on Rainsbrook secure training centre near Rugby in Warwickshire.It said: "Unacceptable levels of 'play fighting', by both young people and staff, remain widespread across the centre."Attempts by…
Olly Murs, Craig David and Little Mix are among the stars who have surprised project workers funded by BBC Children In Need for the chance to duet with them.Also taking part in the charity appeal's Project Sing were Sheridan Smith and Alfie Boe, who offered up the chance to take…
Leading judges are being asked to rule that a teenager's "prolonged solitary confinement" in detention amounted to "inhuman and degrading" treatment.Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Lord Justice Moylan and Lord Justice Singh heard on Wednesday that the boy was locked alone in his cell at Feltham Young Offender Institution (pictured)…
MSPs on a Scottish Parliament committee say they want to hear people’s views as they launched an inquiry into how youngsters with mental health problems access support.The probe is being led by Holyrood’s Public Petitions Committee, which said it is particularly keen to understand the experiences of people under the…
Young people say they are more likely to turn to online platforms for mental health support than medical professionals, family or friends, according to a survey. A poll found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of 16 to 24-year-olds would look for online support for a mental health issue or concern rather…
Social media use has contributed to a rise in self-harm among teenage girls, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested.The Cabinet minister also accused digital platforms of doing "absolutely nothing" to enforce minimum age rules.Asked about the causes of an increase in mental health problems among children and young people, Mr…
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…
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…
Teenage drinking in Scotland has dropped dramatically in recent years, research has shown. Weekly drinking among 15-year-olds declined from 41% in 2002 to 11% of girls and 14% of boys in 2014, according to a World Health Organisation report. A shift in teen culture and changes in household income were…
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