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Children growing up in homes with mould are more likely to suffer respiratory problems, a charity has warned as it called for more action to reduce health inequalities. A new report on inequalities among asthma patients states that children growing up in homes with mould are up to three times…
More than two thirds of three to five-year-olds attending council nurseries have places for just three hours and 10 minutes per day, according to a new report. A study by childcare campaign group Fair Funding for our Kids found that 68% of all council nursery places for three to five-year-olds…
A social worker bought a homeless 17-year-old boy a tent to live in, a watchdog has found. Cornwall Council even provided the "vulnerable" teenager with a replacement tent after the first one started leaking. After approaching the council for help, the boy lived in the tent for five weeks, then…
Plans have been announced for a new £950,000 centre to enable children and vulnerable adults to give evidence without attending court. The new centre will mean more of these witnesses will be be able to pre-record their evidence for criminal trials in advance, meaning they will not face the potentially…
Cash to meet rising social care costs and extra funds to repair potholes were announced by Philip Hammond to ease the pressure on town hall budgets. Local government chiefs have suffered years of cuts and the Chancellor acknowledged they had "made a significant contribution to repairing the public finances". But…
A charity is warning of a "hidden crisis" of childhood poverty after reporting that demand for its services has never been greater. London-based Little Village said it had supported almost 2,000 families since it was set up two years ago, handing out hundreds of cots, buggies and nappy supplies. Half…
A social worker has been criticised by a family court judge after council bosses asked him to rule that four children should be taken from the care of their parents. Judge Keith Wilding has decided that the youngsters should not go into care. He said the social worker had made…
A former orphanage resident has delivered a scathing attack on the organisation responsible for her care, saying it needs to take “responsibility” for the impact it has had on people’s lives.The witness said those who stayed at Quarrier’s Village in Renfrewshire had been left living as “charity cases”.She also claimed…
Social media use has contributed to a rise in self-harm among teenage girls, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has suggested.The Cabinet minister also accused digital platforms of doing "absolutely nothing" to enforce minimum age rules.Asked about the causes of an increase in mental health problems among children and young people, Mr…
Children found to have severe dental decay should be referred to local safeguarding teams as it may be an indicator of wider neglect, dentistry experts have said.Researchers at London's King's College Hospital said two out of five (40%) children who needed oral and maxillofacial surgery due to dental decay over…
A new induction tool to boost the confidence and skills of early years and childcare workers is been launched by Huw Irranca-Davies AM, the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care. The All Wales Induction Framework for Early Years and Childcare Workers aims to make sure that workers in…
A former orphanage resident has told an inquiry he was sexually assaulted by three men over a number of years during his time in care.The witness, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse in Inquiry in Edinburgh.The inquiry heard he was admitted…
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