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The most senior family court judge in England and Wales has raised concern about the knock-on effects of a shortage of approved secure accommodation units for children in council care. Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division of the High Court, says he is concerned about youngsters being placed…
A toddler died after being bound and forced to sleep face down in a "cage" bed, a court has heard. Ellie-May Minshull-Coyle, aged 19 months, was tied to the mattress of her bed with tight ligatures across her chest and legs and a duvet placed over her, a jury at…
A charity has scored a partial victory in the Court of Appeal against the Home Office over its handling of unaccompanied child refugees. Following a challenge by Help Refugees, senior judges ruled that a number of child asylum seekers assessed for transfer to the UK under an amendment moved by…
Families of children with special educational needs are fighting a High Court battle against local authority cuts of more £21 million. Five children, whose mothers are bringing the case on their behalf, are challenging Surrey County Council's decision to reduce its Schools and Special Educational Needs (SSEN) budget. They said…
The Scottish Government has not taken the "decisive steps" needed to tackle child poverty, campaigners have said, with a quarter of youngsters living in families that are struggling to get by. Over the period 2014-15 to 2016-17 an average of 230,000 children in Scotland were living in relative poverty each…
A project to reduce social isolation and increase independence among young wheelchair users has been launched by the First Minister. Nicola Sturgeon met youngsters at an event run by charity Whizz-Kidz, which aims to use youth clubs, residential camps, wheelchair skills training and work placements to build the aspirations of…
An inquiry into decades of sexual of abuse of children in the care of Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire County Council has heard that one boy was abused in the same home his mother had been when she was a child. The Nottingham strand of the Independent Child Inquiry into…
Local services face £1.3 billion in extra cuts, councillors have said. The main grant funding from central government will be reduced by 36% in 2019-2020, according to local authorities. And 168 councils will not get any of the grant money at all, the Local Government Association (LGA) said. In the…
A family court judge has complained about a council's "mismanagement" of a case centred on the care of a six-year-old girl. Recorder Carly Henley has published a written ruling in which she criticises a social worker and the social worker's team manager. She said the case was "deeply troubling" and…
Syrian refugee children who use services on both sides of the Irish border could fall victim to a no-deal Brexit, a charity has warned. Youngsters from outside the European Union (EU) or UK and suffering from severe trauma, abuse or substance abuse are cared for at residential homes on an…
A campaigner has told MSPs he feels a special moment has been “stolen” from him because he cannot ask his stepfather to adopt him now he is over 18. Nathan Sparling, 28, wants to change the law in Scotland which currently limits adoption to people aged under 18. Speaking at…
A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, problems accessing services and reliance on the use of medication to treat patients, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People…
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