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A sexual offences liaison officer who found a rape victim in his care "attractive" has been jailed after he hacked into her Facebook account and downloaded pictures of her as a child. Sussex Police constable Martin Harris used the password the woman gave police to help investigate her attack without…
Ministers have announced a review of school exclusions, amid concerns that some youngsters are more likely to be taken out of classrooms than others. Education Secretary Damian Hinds argued that there are "inconsistencies" in children's experiences of education. Government figures show that pupils in England's state schools were suspended on…
Ministers have been urged to allow child refugees to sponsor their close families members to join them in the UK. The SNP's Angus Brendan MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) wants to introduce legislation enabling people who arrived in Britain as a child to be able to support applications for their…
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader has said the Scottish Government’s peformance on aspects of mental health is “truly terrible” as waiting times are the worst on record. Willie Rennie said instead of improving as promised, “performance continues to decline”. Official figures published last week showed 71.1% of youngsters has an appointment…
Doctors are being prompted to tell children "to pretend their mental health is worse than it is" to receive treatment, MPs have heard. Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley made the comments on the back of a Care Quality Commission (CQC) report which said that too many children find themselves at…
A teenager with an eating disorder was told that she "wasn't thin enough" to get mental health support, a new report has revealed. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said that too many children and young people find themselves at "crisis point" before accessing mental health services. The CQC's review of…
The Duchess of Cambridge praised a children's mental health charity for leading efforts "to give every child the very best start in life" as she opened its headquarters. In a speech to mark the launch of the new building, Kate highlighted the work Place2Be has been doing in training and…
A residential child care worker from Flintshire has been suspended from working as a registered social care professional for two years after Social Care Wales found his fitness to practise was impaired. Thomas Michael Jones was accused of behaving and speaking in an inappropriate manner towards two vulnerable young people…
A third of teens and young adults have self-harmed at some point in their lives, a new poll suggests. A survey of 1,000 16 to 25-year-olds from across the UK found that 36% had self-harmed. The poll, released by Self-Harm UK, The Mix and YoungMinds, also found that only 46%…
Television presenter Carrie Grant has said it can be difficult to relate to other parents as she and her husband are raising four children with complex needs. Carrie and her partner David, who have been married for almost 30 years, are parents to daughters Olivia, 23, who has attention deficit…
A High Court judge has asked Education Secretary Damian Hinds to explain why a troubled 16-year-old girl has not been found a place in a secure accommodation unit. Mr Justice Francis says Mr Hinds (pictured), or a representative, might have to appear at a family court hearing in Cardiff next…
Grooming gangs that preyed on 700 girls and vulnerable young women in the North East carried out their abuse with "arrogant persistence" before a major operation was launched to stop them, a Serious Case Review has found. A 150-page report has been published into the authorities' response to child sexual…
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