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A new national response unit will be established to help local authorities support vulnerable children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs, Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced. Backed by up to £2million investment, will offer bespoke support to local councils to help stop child sexual exploitation, trafficking,…
England has been "left behind in the race" to resolve its social care funding problems, a charity has warned. Age UK said an entire generation of elderly people had "lost out" after various proposed care reforms had been left to "gather dust". The comments come after a new report compared…
Cash-strapped councils were forced to overspend on their children's social care budgets while shaving nearly £500 million off their collective expenditure last year compared with the previous 12 months, official data shows. Authorities were forced to slash spending in areas such as public health, transport services and corporate services in…
An announcement on abortion buffer zones is expected from Home Secretary Sajid Javid next month, heightening campaigners' hopes for victory. A cross-party campaign to stop the harassment and abuse of women on their way into abortion centres, led by Labour MP Rupa Huq, is calling for national legislation following the…
Drastic cuts to jobs and services are expected at cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council, as councillors meet to consider an action plan designed to deal with a budget shortfall of up to £70 million. Proposals to be discussed at a special meeting of the authority on Thursday include an unspecified number…
Immigration minister Caroline Nokes has agreed to allow Glasgow City Council to individually assess all asylum seekers embroiled in a lock change row. Ms Nokes (pictured) met council leader Susan Aitken to discuss the rolling lock change eviction process for those not given refugee status proposed by asylum seeker accommodation…
There were missed opportunities to protect a baby girl who was murdered by her father two weeks after he formally adopted her, a review has found. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 32, passed the rigorous adoption process with flying colours and professionals viewed his care of 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks through a "positive lens".…
A charity is calling for greater access to respite support after it emerged that 72% of Britain's 700,000 young carers feel lonely and isolated during the summer holidays. Research by the Action for Children and Carers Trust found that 47% of those under 18 acting as carers spend more than…
A troubled county council has held an extraordinary meeting amid concerns that it will no longer be able to pay for services for vulnerable children and adults and meet its legal budgetary duties. Councillors at Northamptonshire County Council held the talks on Wednesday to discuss how to tackle the funding…
The Home Office's handling of more than 1,000 lone child refugees living in the Calais "Jungle" when it was dismantled has been branded a "shocking denial of children's rights". In a ruling on Tuesday, Court of Appeal judges said children who were refused entry to the UK from the makeshift…
Society "cannot duck" the issue of adult social care any longer, council leaders have warned, as they called for a debate on the future of services. The Local Government Association (LGA) has launched a public consultation on how best to support the wellbeing of the elderly and disabled and how…
An emergency payment scheme for homeowners flooded during Saturday's heavy downpours in Northern Ireland has been opened. Belfast International Airport recorded more rainfall than the average for the whole of the month. Some homes in Muckamore in Co Antrim were inundated and an estate in Lurgan in Co Armagh was…
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