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A baby suffered brain damage after choking while feeding and being shaken by his anxious father, a family court judge has concluded. The little boy, who is now approaching his second birthday, had been left with "significant disabilities", Judge Alan Booth heard. He had been injured in late 2016 when…
A High Court judge has taken steps aimed at protecting a youth who may be at risk of gang violence after talking to police. Mr Justice Williams has made the teenager a ward of court, a move which gives a judge overall parental control. He heard that the youth had…
The Department of Health [DoH] and Department of Education [DE] have launched a public consultation on the draft Strategy for Looked After Children: Improving Children’s Lives. Both departments have pledged to support children and young people in care; those on the edge of care and also those young people who…
A man has been charged with the attempted kidnap and attempted sexual assault of an eight-year-old girl who was grabbed after she posted a letter. The girl was attacked as she turned off Gloucester Road into Tidy Street in Brighton at about 8.25am on Saturday May 5. She was pushed…
Children's services have suffered their own Windrush moment, according to a University of Huddersfield professor when he spoke to a committee of MPs. Paul Bywaters, who is Professor of Social Work, believes that austerity measures and policies that place too much emphasis on seeking out children at risk rather than…
A wealthy antiques dealer has been jailed for at least 24 years for strangling his seven-year-old daughter. "Deceitful and manipulative" Robert Peters, 56, researched child killers online but kept his murderous plans secret from authorities, the Old Bailey heard. Last November, the former Israeli soldier throttled Sophia with a dressing…
A couple who were caught on CCTV subjecting three young children in their care to a litany of abuse, including vicious beatings, biting and even sucking on their faces, have been jailed. Yea Ping Chan (left), 42, and Foo Khong Heow (right), 49, of Lewisham, tried to claim the violent…
A leading judge has raised concern about the way "vulnerable and disturbed" children are being cared for. Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of the High Court and the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, says provision is inadequate. He has aired his thoughts…
Three quarters of child abuse allegations referred to police by a public inquiry have resulted in no further action. An interim report from the public inquiry into child sexual abuse revealed that as of March, 78% of the cases passed to the authorities could not be proceeded with. This was…
An article in the Times which claimed a judge ruled that a Christian child must be removed from a Muslim foster home was a "distortion", the press watchdog has ruled. Tower Hamlets Council in east London said the story was inaccurate and the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) upheld its…
Children suffering at the hands of alcoholic parents will be offered a lifeline under new plans to provide them with quick access to support and advice. An estimated 200,000 children in England live with alcohol-dependent parents, with the NSPCC reporting a 16% rise in calls involving drink or drug abuse…
Court of Appeal judges say a man who was earlier found to have "sexually interfered" with his teenage daughter is owed an apology. They say "findings of fact" by a High Court judge must be "disregarded". Social services staff have been told to treat the man and the teenager's mother…
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