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Thousands of vulnerable young people will be homeless or at risk of homelessness in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a charity has said.Centrepoint said 18,000 young people aged 16-25 in the UK are currently or under threat of sleeping rough, and warned that homelessness is not always visible.The charity…
Thousands of child refugees should be allowed into Britain to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport rescue scheme, peers have been told.Labour's Lord Dubs said 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be given a home at the rate of 1,000 a year.The peer, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport…
Actor Daniel Radcliffe is using his star power to back a moving and inspiring online appeal to raise money for children with a terminal condition this Christmas.The Harry Potter star has narrated a two-minute fundraising film for the charity Demelza Hospice Care for Children, which helps youngsters with terminal conditions…
The number of children suffering from emotional distress is “increasing exponentially”, the chair of specialist taskforce reviewing mental health care for youngsters has warned.Dame Denise Coia said that combined with an increase in disorders such as autism and ADHD had resulted in a “massive increase” in referrals to Child and…
A new education campus for children with extra support needs is being officially opened in Renfrewshire.Erskine Waterfront Campus is run by CrossReach, the operating arm of the Church of Scotland’s social care council.The facility has been designed for up to 36 pupils aged seven to 16 who need additional support…
The star-studded Children In Need appeal show was the most-watched programme of the day as more than £50 million was raised for the charity.The telethon drew an average audience of 6.2 million and peaked at 7.1 million, with a share of 32.5%, according to overnight ratings.The TV fundraiser, which aired…
A gang of six men have been given jail sentences of up to 23 years after sexually exploiting vulnerable teenage girls in Rotherham.A judge told the defendants they "perpetrated, facilitated and encouraged" the abuse on five victims who were "vulnerable in the extreme".The complainants explained in statements how the men…
People across Wales are being urged by the Welsh Government to act and do more to ensure children and adults are not put at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. To mark the start of Safeguarding Week (12th – 16th November), the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care,…
Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scandal" with patients being treated in a way that has "no place in the 21st century".Recent reports of an autistic teenager called Bethany who was locked…
People with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population, resulting in 1,200 premature deaths every year, a report has warned. The University College London (UCL) Institute of Health Equity (IHE) said it was "staggering" that two in five (40%) people with learning disabilities are…
A police officer accused of the rape of a teenage girl had ambitions of working in a unit dealing with vulnerable youngsters, a court has heard. Cheshire Police constable Ian Naude, 30, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in October last year. On Thursday, Pc Laura McCormick…
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…
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