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The most senior family court judge in England and Wales has told social services bosses that "misuse and abuse" of legislative provisions aimed at providing short-term accommodation to children who need a safe home "must stop". Sir James Munby today said there had recently been a "litany" of rulings in…
More than 100,000 children will wake up homeless this Christmas Day across Britain - the equivalent of four children for every school in the country - according to estimates from Shelter. The charity calculated that the number of homeless children has increased by almost 15,000 in the last year alone.…
Young people leaving care face worsening outcomes, a committee has warned, as it accused the Government of failing the vulnerable. The quality and cost given to the 10,000 young people aged 16 and over coming out of care each year "varies unacceptably" across the country and is a systemic issue,…
The first in a series of unique seminars focusing on childhood and adolescent neglect and its impact on a child’s development, self-esteem and confidence took place in Glasgow this week. WithScotland, University of Stirling and University of Dundee have collaborated on the seminar series, following a successful £20,000 funding application…
The Duchess of Cambridge met children enrolled in an early intervention mentoring programme designed to keep them clear of trouble in later life. Kate arrived at Islington Town Hall today, stepping out in a grey dress by Orla Kiely, which she has worn before, to greet dozens of spectators. She…
Replacing large children's prisons with smaller units could boost Justice Secretary Michael Gove's attempts to reduce reoffending rates, a report suggests. Detainees in young offenders' institutions are more likely to suffer violence and longer periods in isolation, it was claimed. Youngsters can also be locked up in secure training centres…
Mental health services are turning away one in five children who are referred to them for treatment, including youngsters who have been abused and neglected, a charity has found. The NSPCC warned of a "time bomb" of serious mental health conditions after it emerged that more than a fifth of…
The University of Strathclyde and Centre For Excellence In Looked After Children In Scotland (CELCIS) are once again running their popular Caring for Vulnerable Children course in January. The course, provided in partnership with Future Learn, aims to develop an understanding of some of the approaches involved in caring for…
Prince Harry has paid tribute to the "strength of human spirit" as he recognised children who are battling against serious illness to live normal lives. Harry joined parents, carers and celebrity supporters at the WellChild awards ceremony in central London to honour their achievements. Speaking during the event at the…
According to a new report by the Mental Welfare Commission (MWC), emergency detentions for older people have seen a sharp rise, while children with mental ill-health are increasingly not put in specialist wards. Compulsory treatment for mental ill-health also rose last year by seven per cent, bringing the number of…
The Scottish Government is consulting on plans to introduce new legal protections against the ill-treatment or wilful neglect of Children under the age of 18 accessing services in Scotland. Views are invited on the proposals to introduce of a new criminal offence of ill-treatment or wilful neglect with regard to…
A police force has been ordered to make immediate improvements after a watchdog found it had an "inconsistent" response to child sexual exploitation. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said its inspectors found Devon and Cornwall Police officers had a "lack of understanding" about the extent of the issue. In…