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A family court judge has complained about a council's "mismanagement" of a case centred on the care of a six-year-old girl. Recorder Carly Henley has published a written ruling in which she criticises a social worker and the social worker's team manager. She said the case was "deeply troubling" and…
Syrian refugee children who use services on both sides of the Irish border could fall victim to a no-deal Brexit, a charity has warned. Youngsters from outside the European Union (EU) or UK and suffering from severe trauma, abuse or substance abuse are cared for at residential homes on an…
A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, problems accessing services and reliance on the use of medication to treat patients, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People…
A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, problems accessing services and reliance on the use of medication to treat patients, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People…
A toddler whose radicalised British father travelled to Syria to fight for Isis should brought up by a non-Muslim grandmother, a High Court judge has decided. Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court, had been told how the girl's parents had left…
A former minister who arrived in the UK having fled from the Nazis has suggested a further 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be welcomed to the UK. Lord Dubs, who escaped on a Kindertransport from Prague in the summer of 1939 when he was just six years old, urged a…
The Catholic Church should explicitly state if its organisational structure prevents it protecting children from sexual abuse, a lawyer for victims has said. Christopher Jacobs said "there is a degree of urgency for this information to come out" as his clients believe the Church poses "clear and present danger to…
Council bosses have come under fire from a family court judge who said a social worker investigating a baby-abuse allegation had gathered evidence in a "wholly inappropriate" way. Judge Thomas Greensmith said social services staff had investigated after a two-month-old girl suffered a broken collarbone and doctors suggested that she…
Schools need more robust guidance on how to respond to abuse through sexual image sharing, a study suggests. The research looked at how the difference between consensual and non-consensual sharing can sometimes be conflated. It also identified that when the advice to pupils was not to sext in the first…
A hospital nurse with a history of mental health difficulties put the painkiller Tramadol into the feed of newborn baby in a "moment of madness", a family court judge has concluded. Judge Jane Probyn said a doctor had described the 12-day-old boy, the nephew of the nurse's policeman partner, as…
Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making permanent arrangements for such children as early as possible, an academic has said. Helen Whincup (pictured) from the the University of Stirling said there was no evidence decisions…
There has been a spike in the number of young people seeking counselling about child-on-child sexual abuse, Childline has said. The children's charity said it held 3,878 counselling sessions with young people concerned about sexual abuse among peers last year, an increase of 29% on the previous year. The true…
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