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Charlie Dunn - who drowned after being allowed to ''fend for himself'' at a water park - was placed on a child protection register a year before his death, a judge was told at crown court hearings. Birmingham Crown Court was told how Charlie was dragged from a lagoon by…
People in Wales are set to be asked their views on the Welsh government's plans to ban the smacking of children. If implemented, the ban would make Wales the second area of the UK to end the physical punishment of children after the Scottish Government announced its plans to remove…
Child sexual abuse is on the rise in the UK with the NSPCC announcing a 31% increase in police referrals in 2017 compared to the previous year. Worryingly, this is just the tip of the iceberg as child sexual abuse is widely under-reported. My research has revealed that a major…
Pre-teens are "ill-equipped" for the "avalanche of pressure" on social media as they head into secondary school, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned. Anne Longfield said for many children the social media world begins to dominate their social life, with many craving and seeing likes and comments as a…
A couple agreed to move out of their home so a grandparent could move in and care for their four children after social workers raised concerns. They agreed to visit the youngsters, aged between 11 and two, only during the daytime when the grandparent was there. Detail of the move…
An extra £19 million will be made available next year for councils which are helping large numbers of lone children who are seeking asylum, Communities Secretary Sajid Javid has said. Mr Javid said he recognised the work of councils in looking after some of the most vulnerable people in society.…
A child abuse helpline referred more than 250 calls to police in Scotland over the last year. NSPCC Scotland revealed 265 cases were passed on to authorities in 2016/17, up from 187 in the previous year. There were also a further 167 contacts where helpline staff gave advice about sexual…
The Prime Minister has been urged in the Lords to take a personal lead in tackling "Dickensian" conditions faced by millions of vulnerable children in England. Labour's Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde said a report by the Children's Commissioner for England, Anne Longfield, had exposed "horrific" figures. Opening a debate on…
MSPs have agreed to remove a deadline for key legislation for the Scottish Government's controversial named person policy. The unanimous decision scrapping the need for the first phase of Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill to be considered by Parliament by December 22, paves the way for a…
A woman who suffered the "unimaginable trauma" of seeing two children die when they were babies must have an 18-month-old daughter taken from her care and placed for adoption even though she has caused the youngster no harm, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Alan Booth said the toddler's…
A woman who lives in "constant fear" of her ex-husband should be allowed to give their two children new identities, a High Court judge has ruled Mr Justice Cobb said the woman should be allowed to take the rare and "draconian" step of giving the 13-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl…
A family court judge has refused to approve social workers' plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them. Judge Clifford Bellamy said he wanted a child psychologist to assess the effect of separation on the children. He said…