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Four men have been arrested on suspicion of child neglect by police investigating allegations of abuse and mistreatment of youngsters at a facility run by private security group G4S. Kent Police detained the four men on Wednesday following allegations aired on the BBC's Panorama programme this week. Undercover footage showed…
Courts and councils will have to give top priority to adoption for children in care in the future, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has confirmed. The law is to be changed to make it clear that these bodies must look first at long-term placements in a family that will give youngsters…
More than £54m will be made available to improve access to mental health services, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday. This additional investment will improve access to psychological therapies for all ages including for children and adolescents' mental health services. The latest funding will aim to offer treatment to an…
Nearly £22m of grant funding has been awarded to organisations and projects which support vulnerable children, adults and older people by the Welsh Government, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford announced today. The funding has been awarded over three years to a number of organisations supporting children, young people…
More than two thirds of police forces in England and Wales are letting down vulnerable victims, a new report suggests. Four services were rated as "inadequate" for how they protect and support those at risk because of factors such as a disability, their age or having been subjected to repeated…
An innovative programme to improve timescales in securing a permanent home for children in care is to be rolled out across Scotland. The Permanence and Care Excellence (PACE) programme was established in 2014. It brings agencies and professionals from local authority agencies, health services, the children’s hearings system, the Scottish…
The prevalence of child sexual abuse in England has been vastly underestimated after a major new study suggested only one in eight victims come to the attention of authorities. Around 50,000 cases of sexual abuse were recorded by police and local authorities in the two years to March 2014, the…
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will today highlight charity work to improve young people's mental wellbeing during a visit to North Wales. William and Kate have carried out a number of engagements in recent weeks which have focused on the causes and consequences of mental health problems. In Caernarfon…
Wales’ Child and Adolescent mental health services are falling short of standards according to early research findings published this week. The findings were reported at the launch of Observatory@Bangor, the North Wales branch of the Wales Observatory on the Human Rights of Children and Young People, based at Bangor University…
Oxfam has called for urgent measures to reunite lost child refugees with their families on the dangerous road through Serbia. The British aid charity urged better co-operation between agencies helping the displaced as official reports showed the number of children travelling alone had increased. Youngsters were sometimes separated while queuing…
Specialist police units that analyse phones and computers in suspected child abuse cases are grappling with lengthy backlogs of more than a year, according to new data. A freedom of information (FOI) request sent to every UK police force by BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates revealed more than 1,800 cases…
Simply going shopping, playing in the park or reading are the kind of everyday activities that give young people in care a better sense of value and well-being. That’s the finding of a new study published by the University of Leicester into the participation experiences of young people growing up…