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Nearly a third of female rape victims are girls aged under 16, new figures indicate. The findings emerged as the first detailed breakdown of the age and gender of victims of alleged sexual offences recorded by police were published. Experimental data, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and…
Improving the life chances of looked after children across Wales is the focus of a major new trial led by Cardiff University. Recent figures from a foster charity show that around one in ten looked after children in the UK move placements three times or more in a single year.…
More needs to be done to improve education for children who are not in mainstream schools, inspectors have warned. Youngsters who attend "alternative" education settings full-time sometimes study a very narrow range of subjects, and only take very low-level English and maths qualifications, according to a new report by Ofsted.…
The Duchess of Cambridge has voiced her belief that the nation's children should be "supported through difficult times in their lives" in a video message recorded to mark Children's Mental Health Week. Kate is the royal patron of the children's mental health charity Place2Be and in her message she highlights…
The NSPCC has launched a long-term campaign, IT’s Time, to raise awareness of the barriers abused children face getting help to rebuild their lives and call for more therapeutic services to meet their specific needs. The campaign website is calling for: increased funding for support services for children who've suffered…
Figures showing 266 youngsters were the victim of child sexual exploitation or were at risk of the crime last year could be the tip of the iceberg, the Scottish Government has warned. Education Secretary Angela Constance issued the warning as she launched the first television campaign in the UK aimed…
Children who are prescribed a common antidepressant could be at a higher risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour, it has been claimed. Researchers said that children and adolescents have a doubled risk of aggression and suicide when taking selective serotonin and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor drugs to combat depression. The authors…
Health Minister Simon Hamilton has welcomed the opening of a new resource centre and said it will contribute to improving the lives of people with disabilities. The Minister was speaking as he opened the Cedar Foundation Regional Resource Centre in South Belfast. Known as ‘Ravenhill Reach’, the centre has been…
Charities have hailed potentially "ground-breaking" plans for Britain to take in vulnerable refugee children who have become separated from their families in Syria and other conflicts, the Government has announced. Immigration Minister James Brokenshire said the UK would work with the United Nations refugee agency - the UNHCR - to…
Children are often left alone to deal with the "corrosive consequences" of abuse, a charity has warned. The NSPCC said more must be done to give youngsters who have been abused better access to therapy. A survey of those who work with children found that many believe criteria are too…
We don’t always get things right in our work with children and young people but by and large we try to do the right things, as informed by the research evidence base. However, youth justice is the one area I can think of where we blindly and perversely pursue practice…
Prosecutors who decided against charging a bar worker branded a child sex abuser by a senior family court judge say decisions would have been made in line with a code of practice. Mr Justice Peter Jackson, who was asked to make findings of fact by social workers with child welfare…