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The Church of England "botched" an inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse, the author of a review of the report has said. Sir Roger Singleton said the Church's Past Cases Review in 2010 did not give a comprehensive picture of the problem and that those conducting it refused to…
NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is to work with partners, including people with lived experience, to create and deliver quality training resources for front line workers responding to psychological trauma. The Scottish Goverment announced an additional £1.35 million will be invested to create a national training programme, developed for workers…
A foster carer who sued her former agency over allegations that prevented her from working has accepted substantial damages at the High Court. Francine West brought proceedings for defamation, malicious falsehood and breach of the Data Protection Act against 24Seven Fostering Services. Her solicitor, Dominic Garner, told Judge Richard Parkes…
A senior judge has concluded that a woman accused of not complying with an order made in a family court was wrongly given a three-month suspended prison sentence. Mr Justice Baker has quashed the sentence, imposed in February by a family court judge at a hearing in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, after…
An 18-year-old who was allegedly allowed to "rot to death" had appeared healthy in the preceding months, his mother has told a court. Dawn Cranston, 45, claimed that her son, Jordan Burling, had experienced "fluctuations in his weight" in the years prior to June 2016, when paramedics supposedly discovered him…
Grandparents, not council bosses, should have responsibility for two boys who have been at the centre of Family Court litigation, appeal judges have ruled. A Family Court judge had decided that the boys, aged five and two, should be taken from the care of their mother and live with their…
Shamed former minister Mark McDonald should be suspended from the Scottish Parliament without pay for one month, Holyrood's Standards Committee has recommended. The committee announced the proposed sanction after considering a report by the Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life, which was asked to investigate Mr McDonald's conduct after…
Parents could face having to find hundreds of pounds upfront for childcare under the controversial Universal Credit scheme, according to a charity. Save the Children has warned there is a risk that the new benefits system will put mothers and father off taking up a new job, or push families…
Cash-strapped nurseries are struggling with growing deficits following the introduction of the 30-hour free childcare policy, a survey has suggested. Under a Government scheme rolled out last autumn, three and four-year-olds in England with working parents are entitled to this amount of free care. But a report by the National…
Nearly 200 children a day are being placed on plans to protect them from neglect and abuse, research has found. Children's services are being "pushed to the brink" by the demands of dealing with the equivalent of six classrooms' worth of pupils every day who are at risk of significant…
Some of Ireland's most vulnerable children were potentially placed at risk due to major system failures within the Child and Family Agency (Tusla), an investigation has found. The failings were found by the Health, Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) to have stemmed from a gap between national Tusla policy and…
A family court judge has criticised social services staff over their handing of a case involving an injured baby, but kept the name of the council they work for secret. Judge Thomas Greensmith said the way a social worker had gathered and recorded evidence had been "wholly inappropriate". He also…
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