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Arrests of children in England and Wales have fallen by more than two-thirds since the start of the decade, according to new figures. The number reduced from nearly a quarter of a million in 2010 to just under 80,000 last year, research by the Howard League for Penal Reform found.…
Prue Leith has shared a family photograph of herself and her adopted daughter as part of a campaign to encourage others to consider adoption. The Great British Bake Off judge is one of a number of celebrities sharing family snaps to back the Barnardo's campaign, including former X Factor star…
As the next school year begins, a new study has identified the impact that early trauma has on a child’s education and prospects for good future health. Published in the journal BMC Public Health, the study talked to adults in Wales about their exposure to childhood maltreatment and other early…
Intelligence around female genital mutilation (FGM) has been branded "quite frankly woeful" by the lead officer who said the lack of a conviction in the UK is unacceptable. Commander Ivan Balhatchet of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) appealed to the public, support groups and those who work with children…
A disgraced police inspector who admitted making or distributing more than 300 indecent images of children has been sacked. Lee Bartram, of West Midlands Police, was thrown out of the force at a fast-track gross misconduct hearing held at its headquarters on Thursday. Chief Constable David Thompson told the special…
Teenagers as young as 13 are resigned to being stabbed or ending up behind bars for violence, a charity boss has said. Workers who speak to young people in hospital after they have been attacked have to persuade them that it is not normal to suffer knife wounds or have…
Twelve men have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield. The hearings at the West Yorkshire town's magistrates court (pictured) on Thursday follow the appearance of 18 people on Wednesday, who were arrested as part of the same police investigation. For…
A former Swansea social worker has been given an admonishment for three years after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct. Fraser Scott was accused of failing to fully investigate bruising on a young person in care following an incident in October 2015. At…
Council social services bosses have apologised to a mother-of-three who says she went through "five months of absolute hell" after limits were unfairly placed on when she could see her children. Lawyers representing the woman say Cumbria County Council staff wrongly restricted the amount of contact she could have with…
Seventeen men and a woman have appeared in court charged with offences relating to the alleged sexual exploitation of children in Huddersfield. More than 20 police were on duty outside the West Yorkshire town's magistrates' court as the defendants appeared before District Judge Michael Fanning in small batches. A small…
Residential establishments run by three male religious orders will be examined by the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry in a phase of public hearings announced to begin in summer next year. Institutions run by the Order of Benedictines, the Marist Brothers and the Christian Brothers - orders within the Catholic Church…
A 25-year-old mother convicted of allowing the manslaughter of her infant son at the hands of his father has been jailed for 18 months. Laura Davies (pictured) was told she had failed to heed "warning signals" before the death of six-month-old Kayden Walker - including a comment from his father,…