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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…
An independent review of foster care in England has been published, setting out recommendations to improve the fostering system for children and foster carers. The independent review, commissioned by the Department for Education and conducted by Sir Martin Narey (pictured) and Mark Owers, looked at the purpose of foster care…
Child protection professionals are ill-equipped when working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, say researchers who have revealed children from these groups are more likely to be taken into care. Dr Daniel Allen and Sarah Riding from the University of Salford have presented Department of Education statistics showing that since…
The Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) has joined with FutureLearn, the digital education platform, for the second run of its massive online open course (MOOC) which delves into the details of the UN Guidelines for the Alternative Care of Children. The course is free and…
A worldwide social media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) has almost doubled its target before it began. With the backing of the #MeToo movement, Ifrah Ahmed, a survivor of the barbaric practice has vowed to continue her fight to have the practice outlawed around the world. "Today 200 million…
The Government has failed to properly implement about half of the child safety online recommendations made a decade ago, the charity says. Professor Tanya Byron made a series of "urgent recommendations" to help keep children safe online in 2008 - 10 years later the NSPCC claims the Government is "dragging…
Wales has become the first country in the UK to introduce a nationwide ban on the intimate piercing of under-18s. The law, which comes into force on Thursday, makes it an offence for piercing practitioners to arrange or carry out an intimate piercing on anyone aged under 18. There are…
A troubled boy has been placed in secure accommodation hundreds of miles from home because of a shortage of specialist units for children, a family court judge has said. Judge Richard Scarratt said the youngster came from Kent but was being held in secure accommodation in Scotland. The judge said…
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