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Thousands of young people at risk of homelessness this Christmas face dangerous choices in a bid to find somewhere safe to sleep, a charity has warned. Desperate measures include staying with a stranger and committing crimes, Centrepoint said, as it declared society is facing a crisis in youth homelessness, possibly…
Social media is helping fuel a nation of "deeply unhappy" children, a charity has warned, as it published new figures showing a rise in self-harm. Data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) found 18,778 children aged 11…
This guideline covers the planning and management of end of life and palliative care in for infants, children and young people (aged 0–17 years) with life-limiting conditions. It aims to involve children, young people and their families in decisions about their care, and improve the support that is available to…
Young people who self-harm have been fundamentally let down by successive governments, a health minister has acknowledged in the Lords. Lord Prior of Brampton said the "appalling" level of self-harm among children and young people is a "black hole at the heart of the NHS". At question time, he said…
Police used Tasers when dealing with children at least 538 times last year and fired them on 43 of those occasions, according to a new report. The total number includes occasions when officers drew their Taser, aimed it at a child, or fired it. More than a quarter of the…
The First Minister has announced an extra £2.5 million to improve cancer care for children and young people in Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon made the pledge as she opened the Teenage Cancer Trust's ninth international conference in Edinburgh. The event, which also marks the first Global Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer…
Sex and relationships education (SRE) should become mandatory in schools, the chairman of the Education Select Committee has said. Neil Carmichael told MPs that SRE is needed in the face of threats to children through sexual abuse, as he urged the Government to take action. The Tory MP for Stroud…
More than two-thirds of adolescents who suffer from depression could see long-term benefits from receiving one of three psychological treatments – of which only one is currently recommended on the NHS – according to research published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Depression affects around one in twenty adolescents, causing considerable suffering…
Young carer Roni Bridges has had to grow up fast as at the age of 10 she helps care for her mum and two-year-old twin sisters. Her mum Michelle suffers from anxiety attacks and is sometimes too worried to leave the house. Roni talks her through her anxieties, encourages her…
More than one in seven of the country's Year 10 students are neglected in some way by their parents or guardians, a new study suggests. The findings of the Children's Society Troubled Teens report are "deeply worrying" and confirm the importance of parental care and support for the well-being of…
Specialist mental health services are turning away almost a quarter of youngsters seeking help, a new report suggests. One in four youngsters who are referred by their GPs or teachers for treatment are being denied access to care, said the Education Policy Institute Independent Commission on Children and Young People's…
A disabling disease which drains energy out of sufferers is to be tackled with a new online treatment trial of more than 700 children and teenagers. Those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have erratic sleeping patterns, experience nausea and headaches, and are persistently left crippled with exhaustion. Yet, just one…