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A woman should not be told that her estranged teenage child has cancer, a High Court judge has decided. Mr Justice Hayden has imposed an information ban after the youngster, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is undergoing hospital treatment, urged doctors and social workers…
The Scottish Government is providing funding for two projects, to be led by researchers from Glasgow and Stirling universities. Guided by an expert group of young people, researchers will identify the challenges and explore the implications for children’s rights where the child’s voice is not heard in family actions. Researchers…
A qualified nurse has had a one-year-old boy taken from her care after a social worker raised concern about the way she let him sit in a Bob The Builder toy car, which was "inappropriate" for his age. The social worker told a family court judge how she had concerns…
Social services bosses at a London council who were criticised over the way they handled a case involving the care of a child have failed in a bid to keep a family court judge's ruling under wraps. Recorder Corraine Sadd has published a ruling in which she complains of a…
We’d like to introduce ourselves to the readers of Care Appointments. We’re the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) and we’re the organisation removing child sexual abuse imagery from the internet. It’s a tough job, but a vital one, not only for the victims of this hideous abuse who we work to…
A social worker from Wrexham has been removed from the Social Care Wales register after a fitness to practise hearing found he had put the young people in his care at risk of serious harm. Les Woods was accused of multiple failings between March 2016 and June 2017, including failing…
A little boy who slipped into a coma after being given a "potentially life-threatening" dose of a drug used in the treatment of epilepsy must live with a foster carer, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Kambiz Moradifar has also decided that three other children in the family must…
A service providing support for women at risk of having their children taken into care is being made available across Wales, Social Care Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has said. The Reflect programme was initially developed by Newport City Council, with the assistance of Barnardo’s Cymru, to support mothers following the compulsory,…
Thousands of "pinball kids" are being shunted around the care system, facing multiple changes to their home, school or social workers, a report warns. Just one in four children in care experienced no changes in 2016/17, according to a study by the Children's Commissioner, who warned that far too many…
A woman who was barred from seeing her daughter by a family court judge 16 years ago has failed in a bid to lift a "gagging order" which prevents her from discussing the case with journalists. The woman had asked another judge to allow her to take the case to…
A new workbook to help professionals support children who have been trafficked or smuggled across borders has been published by the NSPCC. The free resource, which can be downloaded online, acts as a guide to help professionals such as social workers or mental health staff ask the right questions to…
A children's charity is urging tech giants to take urgent action to protect youngsters from predators after it found more than half of 12-year-olds have livestreamed videos online. A YouGov survey carried out for Barnardo's found that 57% of 12-year-olds and more than one in four children aged 10 (28%)…
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