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Legal aid for unaccompanied child migrants has been reinstated following a five-year legal battle between the Government and the Children's Society. Justice Minister Lucy Frazer confirmed that the scope of legal aid will be extended to cover immigration matters for unaccompanied and separated children following a judicial review. Campaigners hailed…
A "full, independent review" is under way into what contact agencies had with Jordan Burling before his death after a jury heard he was "invisible to the authorities". Speaking outside Leeds Crown Court, James Rogers, chairman of the Safer Leeds executive, read a statement on behalf of the Safer Leeds…
A teenager who died at home looked "hauntingly reminiscent of starving victims in the extermination camps of the Second World War", according to a judge who jailed his mother, grandmother and sister. Jordan Burling, 18, was left to "rot to death" at his home in Leeds, a jury has been…
The role of senior police commanders in the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal is to be investigated, the police watchdog has said. The Independent Office for Police Conduct's (IOPC) Operation Linden has been looking into South Yorkshire Police's response to the exploitation of hundreds of children over more than a…
A woman who left Wales and travelled to the Republic of Ireland when pregnant after her first son was taken into council care is facing fresh family court litigation in Britain. Social services staff in the Republic of Ireland say decisions about the future of the woman's second son, who…
A judge has ruled to "keep the door closed" on a mother who has not been told her estranged teenage child has cancer. Mr Justice Hayden said a ban on informing the youngster's mother of her child's condition, imposed at the High Court in London in June, should continue. At…
Neglect in older children is often going unnoticed, leaving youngsters at risk of slipping through the cracks, a report warns. It suggests that agencies can see neglected older youngsters as the problem, rather than looking at what may be causing their behaviour. The joint report, published by a group of…
More than two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, a study has found. The Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, said more than a million of the most vulnerable in the country are being let down by a system that leaves them to "fend…
A Caribbean journalist granted asylum in Britain after saying he was at risk as a result of exposing human rights abuses by police has become embroiled in family court litigation and had a baby taken from his care. Social workers raised concern after the man's son suffered a head injury.…
This year’s 2018 vulnerability report tells us about the numbers of children who are growing up in England with vulnerability and risks that could affect their lives, wellbeing and life chances. We find that there are over 2 million children in England living in families with substantial complex needs, and…
A detective constable failed to properly investigate child sex abuse claims and was only found out when the matter came to light again a year later. Sussex Police officer Celia MacDonald decided no crime had been committed, did not record a crime or investigate further, the force said. A gross…
Council bosses took legal action after a social worker mislaid a notebook containing sensitive information about families he was working with. Bosses at Derby City Council discovered that Gideon Zeti's notebook had been read by a member of the public who had copied parts of it. They feared that confidential…
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