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A 14-year-old girl has won a "highly exceptional" legal ruling revoking an adoption order made more than ten years ago. The teenager was also given the go-ahead by a High Court judge in London to change her last name to that of her natural mother. In a written ruling on…
Internet giants such as Google, Facebook and Twitter are working with a UK charity to help uncover and remove millions of online images of child sexual abuse. Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), an anti-abuse organisation, is sharing lists of images of indecent abuse with web companies to protect their customers and…
Coldplay are in talks to rescue part of Kids Company and continue to provide support to hundreds of young people following the charity's sudden collapse. The band, which is fronted by Chris Martin, is considering rescuing Treehouse, which provided education and therapeutic help to vulnerable children. The band were big…
Following Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police Sir Peter Fahy’s comments on whether police officers were the best professionals to deal with young people who repeatedly go missing, BASW England Manager Maris Stratulis is insistent the responsibility must be shared between agencies. Speaking to the BBC, BASW England Manager Maris…
This is the time of year when young girls may be taken abroad for female genital mutilation (FGM). Vanessa Lodge, Chair of the national FGM steering group for NHS England, shares advice for preventing the abuse and supporting victims. A great step forward has been taken in protecting those at…
The Government will today hold a crisis meeting to draw up emergency plans to provide support for children following the sudden closure of Kids Company. It comes as the charity's flamboyant founder Camila Batmanghelidjh lashed out at ministers, civil servants and the media, claiming the organisation was the victim of…
New funding for an In Work Support package for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable young people has been announced by the Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment. The £302,500 funding will work alongside Scotland’s Employment Recruitment Incentive and be directed at those who face the most significant barriers when accessing…
Runaway and missing children are being housed by gangs and used to sell drugs in the UK in a form of "child trafficking", a report has claimed. Vulnerable children without criminal records, including those from care homes, pupil referral units and schools, are often targeted because they are less likely…
Researchers at Coventry University have created a new App, endorsed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, to help protect young girls and women from female genital mutilation. The App, which works across most mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and lap tops via an internet…
Vulnerable children should be allowed to stay in care until they are 25, the children's commissioner for England has said. Nearly a third of young people who had to leave residential care at 18 or foster care at 21 felt they had been forced to fend for themselves too early,…
Only a third of police cases involving vulnerable children are handled to a good standard, inspectors have found. Of the 576 cases involving vulnerable children across eight forces in England and Wales looked at by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), 177 were found to have been dealt with to a…
The four UK children's commissioners have joined forces to urge the Government to halt its programme of benefit cuts to prevent more young people being pushed into poverty. The commissioners for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland said child poverty rates across the UK were "unacceptably high" and that there…