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Hundreds of children in custody were already among the "most vulnerable individuals in our society" before they were jailed, and have been continually let down by agencies whose job it is to care for them, doctors have warned. The Government needs to review the youth prison estate with a view…
Sexual exploitation of children has become "normal" on some streets and estates in Greater Manchester, according to a new report described as "alarming" by Home Secretary Theresa May. And the inquiry, led by MP Ann Coffey, suggests child sex abuse may have been fuelled by the increased sexualisation of youngsters…
As part of the first phase of the Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) “THE MORE YOU KNOW THE MORE YOU SEE” awareness campaign the area panels of the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland (SBNI) will be hosting a number of workshop-style events over the coming months. The events will take place…
The NSPCC are calling for it to be made a criminal offence for an adult to intentionally send a sexual message to a child aged under 16. The 'Flaw in the Law' campaign launches as new ChildLine figures show a 168% increase in the number of children counselled by ChildLine…
Child trafficking involves the recruitment, transfer or receipt of people by means of threat, deception, coercion or use of force for the purpose of exploitation. Child trafficking is a crime that can occur across international borders within countries and is a child protection issue. Resistance is an important concept for…
The National Crime Agency (NCA) will lead an investigation into outstanding allegations of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham. The NCA said it was taking on the inquiry following a request from South Yorkshire Police chief constable David Crompton in the wake of the scandal which followed the publication of the…
Health Minister Jim Wells will today open Northern Ireland’s first NSPCC adult helpline in a bid to protect even more vulnerable children. The new NSPCC Adult Helpline Base in Belfast, will provide free, anonymous and 24/7 specialist support, advice and counselling for any adult with concerns for a child’s well-being.…
More must be done to protect children whose parents have a drinking problem, according to a new study. The needs of children may not be adequately identified by some local services for adults with alcohol problems or by children's services staff - meaning that the youngsters may not get the…
Plans to relax taxi laws could put children at greater risk of sexual exploitation, councils are warning. Currently, anyone using a minicab can travel safe in the knowledge that the only person legally allowed to drive the car will have been through a rigorous council vetting process, including criminal records…
Research finds that five years on from the tragic Baby Peter Connelly case, local authority social workers are making timely and well prepared care applications for children at risk. Continuing its research 'Three weeks in November', The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has captured the views…
A Barnardo’s Scotland report has called on government and child protection agencies to learn the lessons from the Rotherham Inquiry by recognising the need for a specific child protection response to child sexual exploitation. The charity also calls on agencies with child protection responsibilities in Scotland to ensure that there…
A one day conference focusing on children and young people who are victims of trafficking will take place on October 29 in Glasgow. The conference will be chaired by Beth Smith (Director, WithScotland), with a welcome address from Tam Baillie (Commissioner for Children and Young People). Keynote speakers include Philip…