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Young people with mental disorders are being let down by under-ambitious NHS treatment targets, experts have warned as they shunned the "snowflake generation" label. Researchers claimed adolescents and students are not more emotionally brittle than their parents, instead "more likely to talk about anxieties and worries". Consultant psychiatrist Dr Rachel…
The Supreme Court is to hear a landmark case which could have an impact on the rights of thousands of abuse victims. It concerns two people, known as CN and GN, who allege that, between 2006 and 2011, Poole Borough Council did not do enough to protect them as children…
A major new report highlighting how social care has become a postcode lottery for children across the UK has been published following research conducted by the University of Sheffield. The Sheffield study, led by Professor Kate Morris from the University’s Department of Sociological Studies, explores the relationship between poverty, care…
Carers who have to sleep at their workplace in case they are needed overnight will not be paid minimum hourly rates after a Court of Appeal ruling. In a decision which could have cost the UK care industry billions if it had gone in favour of workers, three leading judges…
Neglect in older children is often going unnoticed, leaving youngsters at risk of slipping through the cracks, a report warns. It suggests that agencies can see neglected older youngsters as the problem, rather than looking at what may be causing their behaviour. The joint report, published by a group of…
A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute. The schoolgirl was staying with relatives on the island when she was reported missing in the early hours of Monday. Her body was found in woodland near her grandmother's home by…
A global DBS check for aid workers should be introduced to better protect vulnerable children from sexual abuse, ministers have been told. Labour former minister Stephen Twigg made the call after the Charity Commission revealed around 1,100 complaints about safeguarding in aid agencies had been made since the Oxfam sex…
More than two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, a study has found. The Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, said more than a million of the most vulnerable in the country are being let down by a system that leaves them to "fend…
This year’s 2018 vulnerability report tells us about the numbers of children who are growing up in England with vulnerability and risks that could affect their lives, wellbeing and life chances. We find that there are over 2 million children in England living in families with substantial complex needs, and…
A murder inquiry has been launched following the death of a young schoolgirl on a Scottish island. Alesha MacPhail, six, was reported missing from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute at 6.25am on Monday. Her body was later found in woodland on the site of a former hotel in Ardbeg…
A High Court judge has praised on a couple in Wales who have fostered an "enormous" number of children. Mr Justice Francis, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, says he cannot imagine how social workers would cope if it were not for people…
Social media is contributing to a growing number of young people struggling with loneliness, a charity has said. The latest figures from Childline show that the NSPCC-supported service delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18 - a 14% rise on the previous year. Teenagers accounted for most of these,…
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