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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has expressed disappointment over the lack of progress being made in Rotherham's child protection services. The regulator has today published a review of how effectively health services in the area are protecting children and young people from abuse and neglect. The review, by the CQC's…
The former Chief Executive of CHILDREN 1ST, Anne Houston OBE will receive an Honorary Doctorate from University of the West of Scotland (UWS) at its graduation ceremony today, at Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church in Paisley. Anne Houston retired as the Chief Executive of CHILDREN 1ST in June 2014, following…
Two new services designed to cut the number of children being removed into care, do work – saving money and transforming lives. This is the conclusion of an interdisciplinary team from the University of Essex, led by Professor Pamela Cox from the Department of Sociology. They have just completed the…
Only a third of police cases involving vulnerable children are handled to a good standard, inspectors have found. Of the 576 cases involving vulnerable children across eight forces in England and Wales looked at by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), 177 were found to have been dealt with to a…
NSPCC Scotland has worked with the Stirling University to devise a new and unique course for experienced child protection practitioners. Beginning in October 2015, this is a post-qualifying course, focusing on practice skills. Delivered by representatives of the University of Stirling, the NSPCC and a range of experts from across…
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a new Child Protection Taskforce to 'drive forward fundamental reforms to protect the most vulnerable children in our society and give them the opportunity to succeed'. Chaired by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan (pictured), the taskforce will be responsible for leading improvements across police, social…
More than a third of UK adults are very or quite worried about the welfare or safety of a child in their neighbourhood, according to a survey published by Action for Children. This is an 8% increase compared to last year, when 26% said this was the case. While 67%…
A child health expert has called for reporting child abuse to be made mandatory as he led a debate which divided doctors. Professor Andrew Rowland wants to see it become a legal requirement for professionals such as doctors and teachers to report any reasonable suspicion of child abuse or neglect.…
Campaigners have called for urgent action to stop unaccompanied child asylum seekers being thrown behind bars with adults. Traumatised youngsters whose ages are disputed are being imprisoned on the basis of guesswork by officials, according to the Refugee Council. The Government pledged to end child detention in 2010 but children…
On Monday 8th June, WithScotland and the social work team at the University of Stirling hosted a display of the research and best practice of students completing their BA and MSc Social Work, PG Certificate Child Welfare & Protection and PhDs. Local employers attended to find out how their findings…
Government must ensure local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) have a realistic remit of responsibility and are funded fairly by all agencies, leading local government figures said today. LSCBs bring together councils, the police, health services, schools and other organisations to monitor and coordinate activity to keep children safe and oversee…
The NSPCC wants to better understand the issues and the pressures facing people who work in the children’s sector and is setting up a UK-wide panel made up of social workers, school nurses, health visitors and midwives – anyone in fact who works in the children’s sector. It wants to…