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Gay, lesbian, bisexual and "questioning" children as young as 10 are more likely to suffer depressive symptoms and self-harm with suicidal intent, a study has revealed.Researchers found that depressive symptoms increase at a higher rate through adolescence among LGBQ youngsters than for their heterosexual peers.The study, led by University College…
A new campaign has been launched in a bid to promote more “gender-equal play” in nurseries and childcare.The Care Inspectorate – the body which inspects registered childcare providers – said the initiative has been brought in because “childhood and play is becoming more gendered and polarised between girls and boys”.It…
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met young patients at Evelina London Children's Hospital following the announcement the duchess was to become its new patron.William and Kate were greeted at the hospital by six-year-old Tiana Hayles who gave the duchess, who was wearing a green and white polka dot LK…
A new hotline for reporting the sexual exploitation of children has been launched by Barnardo’s Scotland and Crimestoppers.The Nightwatch Hotline will enable people to anonymously pass on information to the charities and police if they suspect a child is being sexually abused – especially for people working in Scotland’s night-time…
A teenager will go on trial next year charged with the rape and murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Scottish island of Bute.The 16-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is accused of abducting, raping and murdering Alesha.She was at the start of a three-week break visiting family…
Council social services bosses have apologised after a High Court judge criticised their handling of two cases involving children.Mr Justice Keehan complained of "incompetence and serial failings" by staff at Herefordshire Council in the handling of a case involving twins.Lawyers representing each twin had alleged breaches of the human right…
The number of children needing treatment for addiction to tranquilisers has almost doubled, figures show.In 2016, 161 children under the age of 18 accessed public treatment services for benzodiazepine misuse.This almost doubled to 315 young people requiring help last year.The figures, released by Public Health England (PHE), show the number…
The breakdown of traditional family units, with fewer grandparents, aunts and uncles around for children to talk to about their problems, is behind a surge in mental health issues among young people, Dame Esther Rantzen said.Dame Esther, founder and president of Childline, said the decrease in extended family units, where…
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…
A social worker appointed to represent the interests of two children at the centre of complex family court litigation has come under fire from a senior judge.Kailash Chudasama had acted as the children's "guardian" and been appointed by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) - whose…
A project to recruit more nursery staff from ethnic minorities has been launched by the Scottish Government.The £140,000 scheme aims to increase the diversity of the early learning and childcare (ELC) workforce while attempting to recruit enough staff to deliver the near-doubling of free childcare.It has been estimated up to…
The UK's housing crisis will be "felt across a generation" as the latest figures reveal the scale of children living in homelessness, a charity has warned.Shelter urged the public to support its Christmas appeal which aims to provide families with "the vital helpline advice and services they need in order…
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