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Police investigating the disappearance of a woman who has not been seen for almost 18 years have arrested her carers. Margaret Fleming, 36, was reported missing in October last year from her home in Main Road, Inverkip, Inverclyde. But police said the last independent sighting of her was actually at…
Schools have "too readily" used unofficial, illegal exclusions to deal with pupils that have special needs, inspectors have warned. Youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are more likely in general to be excluded or absent from lessons than their peers, according to a new Ofsted report. And an…
A robot which teaches people key facial expressions could help boost the employment outlook for autistic adults, researchers have claimed. The current UK unemployment rate is 4.4% but just 14% of autistic adults have a full-time job. Researchers at Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University have developed a robot called Alyx to teach…
Former carers of missing woman Margaret Fleming have told BBC Scotland they have spoken to her recently. Margaret, who has learning difficulties, had only been seen by her carers - Eddie Cairney and Avril Jones - since 1999, before they reported her missing in October last year. The report was…
Taking multivitamins in early pregnancy may reduce the risk of children developing autism, research suggests. Experts found that children whose mothers had taken the vitamins were around half as likely to develop autism as those whose mothers took none. But the team cautioned that although they had found a possible…
A woman with a "very significant learning disability" has lost the latest round of a fight over the care of her two children. Two Court of Appeal judges have backed a family court judge's decision and concluded that the youngsters, a boy aged 11 and a seven-year-old girl, should go…
The Government has announced a one-month suspension of minimum wage enforcement for sleep-in shifts in the social care sector while it establishes if the industry needs more financial support. Organisations including charities had been given until October 2 to agree back pay following an employment tribunal decision that workers should…
The Bristol Safeguarding Adults Board has today (28 Sept) published a Serious Case Review in the case of Melissa Mathieson, an 18 year old woman who was murdered in 2014 by a 19 year old man. Both young adults were placed in an independent care home in Bristol by their…
The murder of a teenage girl by a fellow care home resident fascinated by necrophilia could have been prevented, an inquiry has found. Melissa Mathieson, 18, was strangled by Jason Conroy in 2014 at Alexandra House in Bristol, a home supporting people with autistic spectrum disorder. Conroy, who once tried…
Helping people to see life through the eyes of those on the autistic spectrum is the aim of new children's TV show Pablo, its creator has said. Grainne McGuinness (pictured) said the quirky, funny show will delight young viewers of the CBeebies and RTEjr channels "but it has a job…
Learning disability charity The Royal Mencap Society (Mencap) has again called for the Government to honour its obligation to fund statutory care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. A change in guidance on pay for carers who provide so-called "sleep-in" care could leave some families liable…
Twin babies whose parents both have learning difficulties and met while living in supported accommodation must be placed for adoption, a family court judge has ruled. Both parents, who are in their 20s, said they could not care for the boys, Recorder Carly Henley heard. The two children, who are…