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The adoptive mother of a baby who fought for justice after he was so violently assaulted he lost both his legs has told how "horrified" she was to learn his parents could escape prosecution. The woman said she could not "sit back and do nothing" when legally adopting Tony Smith…
Councillors have approved plans to provide free school meals 365 days a year to children from low income households to help tackle "holiday hunger". North Lanarkshire Council agreed to expand its free meal entitlement to cover the 175 days of the year when pupils are not at school during weekends…
Scotland has changed, politically and culturally, in recent years, with persistent demands for independence culminating in a referendum in 2014. On this fluid political landscape, social welfare can be co-opted towards a wider ‘nation-building’ project. As a result, social work in Scotland is increasingly divergent from the rest of the…
A council is planning to offer free school meals 365 days a year to children from low income households to help tackle "holiday hunger". North Lanarkshire Council proposes expanding its free meal entitlement beyond the school gate to cover the 175 days of the year when pupils are not at…
The most senior family court judge in England and Wales is to review a separated couple's decade-long dispute over access to their daughter after an appeal by the youngster's father. Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court, says he will analyse the case in detail…
A woman who wanted a new partner to adopt her 11-year-old son and dishonestly told a social worker that she did not know who the boy's father was has been given a warning by a judge. Magistrates in Grimsby (pictured), Lincolnshire, approved the adoption as a result of the woman's…
An independent social worker - who assessed four children whose mother was jailed after taking them to the Syrian border - has come under fire from a High Court judge asked to make decisions about the youngsters' futures. Mr Justice Newton says evidence Carol Edwards gave during proceedings in the…
A mother is facing a life sentence for murder after battering to death her "helpless and vulnerable" baby daughter two hours after social services care workers left her home alone with the child. Jennifer Crichton, 35, left her seven-month-old daughter Amelia with "catastrophic" head injuries, including bleeding on the brain,…
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