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A family court judge has told of her frustration and outrage after hearing that a place in a specialist secure unit cannot be found for a 16-year-old boy who is at risk because of his links with gangs in south London. Judge Mary Lazarus says an opportunity to help the…
A High Court judge has criticised a council over its "atrocious" treatment of a severely traumatised autistic girl who has been kept in hospital because of a delay in finding her suitable accommodation. The 15-year-old, identified in court as R, is thought to be suffering post-traumatic stress disorder after "living…
Syrian refugee children who use services on both sides of the Irish border could fall victim to a no-deal Brexit, a charity has warned. Youngsters from outside the European Union (EU) or UK and suffering from severe trauma, abuse or substance abuse are cared for at residential homes on an…
Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making permanent arrangements for such children as early as possible, an academic has said. Helen Whincup (pictured) from the the University of Stirling said there was no evidence decisions…
Seventeen further institutions are to be investigated by a far-reaching inquiry into historical allegations of the abuse of children in care. The 17 are in addition to the 69 establishments already identified by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI), taking the total number under scrutiny to 86. The list includes…
CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) has published a new briefing going behind the common headlines that indicate only a small proportion of care experienced young people in Scotland go to university, compared to their peers. The publication of this briefing coincides with students either…
A 14-year-old boy at the centre of family court litigation has persuaded a judge to let him choose his own solicitor. Council social workers say the boy should not be cared for by his parents, but he disagrees and says he does not want to live with foster carers. He…
Prue Leith has shared a family photograph of herself and her adopted daughter as part of a campaign to encourage others to consider adoption. The Great British Bake Off judge is one of a number of celebrities sharing family snaps to back the Barnardo's campaign, including former X Factor star…
Victims of abuse in care are calling for a financial compensation scheme, with contributions from residential care providers, local authorities and religious orders as the “responsible” parties. A review group set up by the Scottish Government to look at a potential redress scheme for abuse survivors has made 14 recommendations…
Residential establishments run by three male religious orders will be examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in a phase of public hearings announced to begin in summer next year. Institutions run by the Order of Benedictines, the Marist Brothers and the Christian Brothers - orders within the Catholic Church…
A man has lost a fight to regain the care of his teenage daughter after a family court judge concluded that he found it "difficult to say no" to her. Judge Joanna Vincent said she was concerned that the man was unable to set behaviour boundaries. She decided that the…
Survivors who were abused as children after being sent abroad under state-backed programmes are suing the Government for compensation. Thousands of Britons, many in care or from poor families, were sent abroad to countries including Australia and New Zealand in the post-Second World War years partly to save on care…
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