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A badge has been created for passengers with hidden health conditions who need a seat on public transport. Some 1,000 of the "Please offer me a seat" badges will be handed out as part of a six-week trial in London from September. Transport for London (TfL) said other passengers would…
A mother who lied about her children being ill, forcing them to have surgery as part of a plan to falsely claim benefits showed no remorse during her three-month trial, a judge said. The 49-year-old, from Croydon, south London, told medical staff her children had asthma, autism and other health…
A Crown Court judge said he was "sorry" justice had not come sooner after 13 young people sexually abused by a former children's home worker and Catholic priest had to wait decades to see him jailed. Philip Temple, 66, sexually assaulted 10 boys and a girl in his care between…
A former children's home worker and Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to sexual assaults against children in the 1970s. Philip Temple, 66, admitted 27 counts of non-recent sexual assault committed against children in his care and two counts of perjury, according to the Metropolitan Police. The force said Temple, of…
The Amy Winehouse Foundation - the charity set up following the singer's death - is opening a home for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Called Amy's Place, the women-only recovery house will be located in east London and opens its doors next month. The announcement comes five years…
Social services bosses say lawyers advised them that they "couldn't have appealed" when a senior family court judge ruled that Ellie Butler should return to live with the father who had been accused of hurting her. Bosses in the London Borough of Sutton said they had "strongly contested" the decision…
A ruling relating to the murder of six-year-old Ellie Butler which had been kept under wraps for more than two years has been published. The ruling, made by Mrs Justice Eleanor King following a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court, was made public on Thursday after…
The second most senior judge in England and Wales has been asked to decide whether a family court judge's behind-closed-doors ruling relating to the murder of six-year-old Ellie Butler should be made public. Lord Dyson, the Master of the Rolls and the head of civil justice in England and Wales,…
A care home assistant who stole thousands of pounds from an elderly resident in her charge has avoided jail. Angela McIntyre was handed a 12-month prison term, suspended for two years, when she was found guilty of obtaining money by fraud, Met Police said. The 55-year-old, of Elephant and Castle…
A social worker of 31 years, has been awarded an Honorary Degree at Middlesex University’s graduation ceremony this week. Following a distinguished career in mental health, child protection and family intervention, Nikki Bradley's recognition is truly well deserved. In 2014, Nikki was awarded an MBE for her service to children…
A University of East London report has found that a unique pilot programme which offers people experiencing emotional distress or feeling suicidal, greatly improved the wellbeing of most clients. The report, by UEL’s Centre for Social Work Research, concluded that a majority of people referred to The Place of Calm…
On Friday 17 June, a one-day symposium, 'Sexual Violence Against Women: Voice and Representation', took place at the University of Westminster in London. Organised by Dr Georgina Colby, Lecturer in English, and Hannah Camplin, Lecturer in Law at the University, the symposium brought together speakers from across the Humanities, Law,…