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A vulnerable teenage boy in local authority care was subjected to a "horrifying and appalling" series of rapes and repeatedly sold for sex in a red light district, a court has heard. The trial of 12 men accused of committing a variety of sexual offences against the boy, mainly in…
North-east students in Higher and Further Education who have experience of being looked after or in care will be recognised through a new awards scheme to celebrate their achievements. The Care Experience Students Awards has been launched by Robert Gordon University (RGU), North East Scotland College (Nescol) and the University…
Improving the life chances of looked after children across Wales is the focus of a major new trial led by Cardiff University. Recent figures from a foster charity show that around one in ten looked after children in the UK move placements three times or more in a single year.…
More needs to be done to improve education for children who are not in mainstream schools, inspectors have warned. Youngsters who attend "alternative" education settings full-time sometimes study a very narrow range of subjects, and only take very low-level English and maths qualifications, according to a new report by Ofsted.…
Are more children going into care than ever before? According to recent government data, the number of children in care in England has reached a 30-year high. The claim is based on the number of children in care on the March 31 in a given year, a figure that has…
Soaring levels of homelessness since David Cameron took the keys to No 10 have left thousands more children facing Christmas in hostels and rough sleepers out on the streets, Labour has warned. The number of households classed as homeless has risen by more than a third in England since 2010…
Imelda Richardson, Chief Inspector of Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) , has said that the best way to improve outcomes for young people in care is to offer a wide range of support services, while ensuring children are listened too. Ms Richardson, was speaking on a visit to…
An innovative programme to improve timescales in securing a permanent home for children in care is to be rolled out across Scotland. The Permanence and Care Excellence (PACE) programme was established in 2014. It brings agencies and professionals from local authority agencies, health services, the children’s hearings system, the Scottish…
A new research study launched today identifies the key factors that influence how well children in care do in schools in England. The fact most children in care lag behind their peers in their educational achievement has long been a concern. However, this latest research from the universities of Bristol…
The NSPCC NI and Queen’s University Belfast (Queen's) are today hosting a seminar which will promote research showing a whole system approach to better mental health will help protect looked after children and young people (LACYP). Specialists from a range of organisations in Northern Ireland will come together to highlight…
The Public Policy Institute for Wales (PPIW) have this week produced a new report to provide advice and analysis on the provision for young care leavers who are at risk of becoming homeless in Wales. The report identifies that the effectiveness of joint working between Housing and Children’s Service and…
Simply going shopping, playing in the park or reading are the kind of everyday activities that give young people in care a better sense of value and well-being. That’s the finding of a new study published by the University of Leicester into the participation experiences of young people growing up…
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