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A hospital nurse with a history of mental health difficulties put the painkiller Tramadol into the feed of newborn baby in a "moment of madness", a family court judge has concluded. Judge Jane Probyn said a doctor had described the 12-day-old boy, the nephew of the nurse's policeman partner, as…
Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making permanent arrangements for such children as early as possible, an academic has said. Helen Whincup (pictured) from the the University of Stirling said there was no evidence decisions…
A council has been given back control of its services which were stripped away after a child sexual exploitation scandal. The government control of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has been in place since February 2015 after damning reports into the way more than 1,400 children were groomed, abused and trafficked…
Public services face a fresh round of austerity cuts within two years, according to a think tank. Vital areas that do not have spending protections are in line for real-terms cuts of 2.1% after 2020, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) claimed. Its analysis found prisons, public health and housing are…
Campaigners have accused the Government of treating thousands of women as "acceptable collateral damage" after it rejected calls to introduce national buffer zones outside abortion clinics. Introducing protest-free areas outside clinics to prevent harassment of patients "would not be a proportionate response", Home Secretary Sajid Javid said. His decision was…
A 14-year-old boy at the centre of family court litigation has persuaded a judge to let him choose his own solicitor. Council social workers say the boy should not be cared for by his parents, but he disagrees and says he does not want to live with foster carers. He…
Every council in Scotland is offering eligible families a grant of at least £100 to help with the cost of school uniforms, officials have confirmed. Council umbrella body Cosla said all 32 local authorities have implemented an increase in school clothing grant payments to the new level while keeping the…
Victims of abuse in care are calling for a financial compensation scheme, with contributions from residential care providers, local authorities and religious orders as the “responsible” parties. A review group set up by the Scottish Government to look at a potential redress scheme for abuse survivors has made 14 recommendations…
A former Swansea social worker has been given an admonishment for three years after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct. Fraser Scott was accused of failing to fully investigate bruising on a young person in care following an incident in October 2015. At…
Care for the elderly is "on the brink of collapse", a charity has warned. A new report from the charity Independent Age states that chronic under-funding of social care in England means that older people are being "increasingly let down" by the system. It suggests that if current trends continue,…
Council social services bosses have apologised to a mother-of-three who says she went through "five months of absolute hell" after limits were unfairly placed on when she could see her children. Lawyers representing the woman say Cumbria County Council staff wrongly restricted the amount of contact she could have with…
An increasing number of older people are being admitted to hospital for conditions which should have been dealt with at home due to failures in the care for people in the community, a charity has warned. Age UK said the safety net for older people living at home is failing…
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