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The number of recorded sexual offences against children in Scotland has risen in the last year, figures show. NSPCC Scotland found there were 4,762 offences recorded by Police Scotland in 2016/17, up 9% from 4,368 in the previous year. The most common form of offence related to indecent images of…
The number of alleged child sexual crimes reported to police has reached a record high, a leading charity has warned. Forces in the UK recorded 64,667 sexual offences allegedly perpetrated against victims aged under 18 in 2016/17, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC. This was a rise of 15%…
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…
Rotherham Council's children's services have "transformed" since the local authority was rocked by a child sexual exploitation scandal, according to Ofsted.An inspection in 2014 identified "widespread and serious failures" of children in need of help by the council, while another inquiry found at least 1,400 children had been subject to…
Campaigners have been given the go-ahead to challenge a court ruling on the Government's plans to cap the number of child refugees allowed into the UK. The Help Refugees charity brought legal action over the Home Office's calculation that only 480 unaccompanied children should be accepted under an amendment moved…