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Members of the public are invited to a free forum at the University of Derby on modern slavery and human trafficking, to hear what is being done locally to tackle this challenging issue. The ‘Parallel Worlds, Hidden Lives’ event, presented by the University of Derby Chaplaincy and Churches Together in…
There is a crisis of "epidemic proportions" in education for children with special needs, teachers have warned. Schools are at "breaking point" with a lack of funding, and no places in special schools, or alternative education, according to the National Education Union (ATL section). Delegates at the union's annual conference…
A new study by Swansea University has suggested that children with intellectual difficulty or autism are more likely to be given antipsychotic medication from a younger age than those without intellectual disability and have higher rates of hospitalisation for depression and for injury and also are at risk of other…
The Scottish Government has given £2m funding through Every Child, Every Chance, its Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-22, to Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) - an innovative collaboration between Policy Scotland and What Works Scotland at the University of Glasgow and GCPH (Glasgow Centre for Population Health) at the Social…
An inquiry has been launched into a charity for blind people following concerns over the safeguarding of its vulnerable beneficiaries. The Royal National Institute for Blind People (RNIB) and its subsidiary charity - RNIB Charity - were brought under scrutiny after a single serious incident on March 2 at Pears…
Malnourished, grey-looking, children are turning up to school in dirty uniforms and stuffing food in their pockets because they are living in poverty, headteachers have warned. In some cases, youngsters have failed to arrive for class because they do not have shoes, while others have been spotted in their uniforms…
A Belfast-made TV show starring a child with autism has been snapped up transatlantic broadcasters. Pablo, a live action and 2D animation series written and produced by Paper Owl Films, has been bought by US network Universal Kids and Canada's public broadcaster CBC. The show, which has already aired on…
People are waiting "far too long" for an autism diagnosis, a Tory former Cabinet minister said as she urged people to show more awareness of the disability. Dame Cheryl Gillan said diagnosis waiting times were "absolutely critical" but that on average children were waiting more than three-and-a-half years to be…
Some young people are facing "unacceptable barriers" in getting mental health support, a charity has warned. A survey of 2,700 young people who had struggled with mental health issues found that only 9% felt it was easy to get the support they needed. The YoungMinds poll of children and young…
Record numbers of Britons are being flagged up as potential victims of slavery, a new report reveals. Last year for the first time UK nationals made up the highest volume of cases passed to a scheme set up to identify children and adults who are at the mercy of slave…
An autistic girl at risk of harming herself in her "dangerous" family home has won a High Court action for an immediate review of her living situation. The six-year-old, who has a range of difficulties, lives in a first floor flat with her mother and older brother provided by the…
Jeremy Hunt has branded as "totally unacceptable" reports that head teachers have had to prove children had attempted suicide before they could be treated by mental health services. The Health Secretary said the Government was trying to end "the terrible situation where people are told that you're not ill enough…
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