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The number of children suffering from emotional distress is “increasing exponentially”, the chair of specialist taskforce reviewing mental health care for youngsters has warned.Dame Denise Coia said that combined with an increase in disorders such as autism and ADHD had resulted in a “massive increase” in referrals to Child and…
A new education campus for children with extra support needs is being officially opened in Renfrewshire.Erskine Waterfront Campus is run by CrossReach, the operating arm of the Church of Scotland’s social care council.The facility has been designed for up to 36 pupils aged seven to 16 who need additional support…
Increasing the number of hours of free early learning and child care provision will be “absolutely transformative”, Maree Todd has said.Under Scottish Government plans, by August 2020 every three and four-year-old in Scotland, and some two-year-olds, will be eligible for 1,140 funded hours per year.It is an increase on the…
Only a "small fraction" of children who need mental health support were able to access services last year, the Children's Commissioner for England has said, as she called for every school to have an NHS counsellor available for pupils.A new report by the champion for young people has laid bare…
Addressing childhood adversity and trauma should be a national public health priority, Labour has said.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said action was needed because around half of adults in England had endured Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).He said ACEs include verbal and physical abuse, emotional neglect, household domestic violence and substance…
After climate change, there is nothing more serious than poverty and there is clear evidence that it leads to higher levels of child abuse and neglect, said the University of Huddersfield’s Professor Brid Featherstone, speaking to a large gathering of social workers. She is Professor of Social Work at the…
The Duchess of York has launched a fundraising campaign for her charity Street Child, urging the public to donate to give a child an education.The Count Me In appeal will use the funds to buy school uniforms, train teachers and build classrooms for disadvantaged youngsters in 10 countries from Sierra…
Families on low incomes can apply for a new pregnancy and baby grant from December 10, the Scottish Government has announced.The first payments for the new Best Start Grant will be made before Christmas and eligible applicants will be given £600 to help with their first child.It is £100 more…
A new ScotCen Panel attitudes survey has revealed that, while attitudes in Scotland to care experienced young people are generally very positive, some people still hold discriminatory attitudes.The survey, commissioned by the Life Changes Trust and carried out by the Scottish Centre for Social Research (ScotCen), reports positively that the…
A charity helping abused children has launched a campaign to fight childhood trauma brought on by neglect.Over the festive period, there is a surge in calls about children left alone in cold homes, without proper clothing, and living in filthy conditions, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to…
The star-studded Children In Need appeal show was the most-watched programme of the day as more than £50 million was raised for the charity.The telethon drew an average audience of 6.2 million and peaked at 7.1 million, with a share of 32.5%, according to overnight ratings.The TV fundraiser, which aired…
A woman and her ex-partner have been jailed for 10 years each for allowing the death of a toddler who was tied face-down to a "cage bed".Lauren Coyle and Reece Hitchcott (pictured), both 20, were found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Coyle's daughter 19-month-old Ellie-May Minshull Coyle…
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