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The number of investigations started by councils into whether children are being harmed or at risk has more than doubled in the last decade, town hall bosses have warned. More than 500 child protection inquiries began each day in 2016/17, compared to around 200 a day 10 years ago, according…
A warehouseman found to have shaken his baby daughter and caused a brain injury could be allowed to care for the youngster again if therapy is successful, a senior family court judge said. The girl, now two, suffered a "catastrophic collapse" when four months old and stopped breathing for around…
A scheme to relieve pressure on local councils caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children is set to be rolled out. Under new legislation the National Transfer Scheme (NTS), which allows hard-pressed local authorities to transfer children to councils with greater capacity, will be extended to include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.…
The Scottish Government's controversial named person policy is facing further delays following a vote by a Holyrood committee. A majority of MSPs on the Education Committee backed extending scrutiny of key legislation for the scheme. They want ministers to provide details of crucial guidance accompanying the Children and Young People…
An adoption agency's advertising claim that it used only "experienced competent assessors" has been banned following a complaint that it received an overall "inadequate" ranking from Ofsted. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found that the New Leaf Adoption agency's website claim, seen in March, was misleading in light of an…
Nearly 200 suspected paedophiles were arrested in just one week as investigators warned of a rise in the use of live streaming to groom, blackmail and abuse victims. The National Crime Agency (NCA) said a UK-wide operation in October had saved 245 children from harm and 192 people were detained.…
A couple have lost a family court fight over the care of a disabled grandchild they had looked after since she was a baby after a dispute with social workers. Social services staff said the 11-year-old girl was at risk of significant harm if she stayed with her grandparents, and…
Three children are to be placed for adoption after social workers raised concern about their parents' "open relationship". Their father chose to see other women and their mother, who "frequented" a website called "plenty of fish", had relationships with men she met through the internet, a family court judge was…
A Holyrood committee has warned it will not be able to recommend parliamentary approval for key named person legislation until ministers provide details of crucial guidance for professionals. The Education Committee has called for the Scottish Government to provide "an authoritative draft" of the code of practice accompanying the Children…
The First Minister of Scotland has given a prestigious lecture at the University of Strathclyde, on children’s services and the rights of children. Nicola Sturgeon delivered the 14th Kilbrandon Lecture at the University’s Barony Hall on Thursday 23 November. In her lecture, Ms Sturgeon outlined her vision for securing the…
A baby whose father had been found guilty of assaulting a child suffered serious injuries months after council social workers agreed he could be cared for at home, a family court judge heard. The man, who used "violent fantasy and gaming" to manage his emotions, had served a jail term…
The challenges faced by children dealing with death or a bereavement in their family were discussed at a national conference hosted at the University of Chichester. Nearly 100 practitioners working with or supporting children facing life-shortening illnesses, their own death, or who have lost a relative attended the recent event.…