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The parents of a dying baby suffered a "horrifically stressful" experience after social services failings deprived them of time with their child, an ombudsman has said.City of York Council social workers were accused of failing to properly review the case of the baby boy, whose parents were placed under strict…
Council social services bosses have come under fire from a family court judge after a little boy was placed with foster carers when grandparents who might have offered a home were unaware of his existence.Judge Mary Lazarus has complained about a "wide-ranging composite set of failings" by staff at Kent…
A social worker has been criticised by a family court judge after council bosses asked him to rule that four children should be taken from the care of their parents. Judge Keith Wilding has decided that the youngsters should not go into care. He said the social worker had made…
Children found to have severe dental decay should be referred to local safeguarding teams as it may be an indicator of wider neglect, dentistry experts have said.Researchers at London's King's College Hospital said two out of five (40%) children who needed oral and maxillofacial surgery due to dental decay over…
A husband and wife described as the "Fred and Rose West of Barry" have been jailed for a total of 36 years for grooming and raping teenage girls.Peter Griffiths, 65, and Avril Griffiths, 61, (pictured) abused the girls in a number of locations including at a sex party on a…
Around 50,000 vulnerable young children are living in households with a "toxic trio" of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems, a new report has found.The Children's Commissioner for England's report, published on Wednesday, also said there were more than 160,000 children aged under five living in…
More than 200 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested in a national crackdown.There are thought to be around 1,500 of the networks in operation in the UK, which involve urban dealers forcing children to carry drugs to customers in more rural areas.They also "cuckoo" the homes…
A man handed a three-and-a-half-year jail term after attacking his partner should be given no information about their two daughters unless one of them dies, a High Court judge has decided.Mr Justice Keehan was told that the man had been assessed as "high risk" by social workers after mounting a…
Undercover police have been testing hotel staff's success at spotting the potential sexual exploitation of children.Officers have over the past week attempted to check into rooms in London accompanied by young cadets while brandishing bottles of alcohol, refusing to show identification and paying in cash.Scotland Yard hoped staff would spot…
A children’s charity has launched a campaign to double the number of youngsters it supports over the next five years.Children 1st helped 10,000 children and their families last year and aims to dramatically increase this figure by 2023 as demand for its services increases.Its 'Give A Child Their Smile Back'…
A charity has scored a partial victory in the Court of Appeal against the Home Office over its handling of unaccompanied child refugees. Following a challenge by Help Refugees, senior judges ruled that a number of child asylum seekers assessed for transfer to the UK under an amendment moved by…
Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental health, Matt Hancock has revealed. The Health and Social Care Secretary said he was "very worried" as a father by the growing evidence of the detrimental effect on…
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