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A children’s charity has launched a campaign to double the number of youngsters it supports over the next five years.Children 1st helped 10,000 children and their families last year and aims to dramatically increase this figure by 2023 as demand for its services increases.Its 'Give A Child Their Smile Back'…
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 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…
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…
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 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…
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…
An emoji-powered jukebox has been created to help young people talk about how they're feeling. SeeMe is launching the initiative after new research revealed only around a quarter (26%) of young people aged 12-26 would tell someone if they were struggling to cope, compared to 67% who would tell someone…
Almost 25,000 referrals for mental health treatment for young people have been rejected since Nicola Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, Labour has said. Leader Richard Leonard (pictured) called on Ms Sturgeon to apologise for the rejected referrals during First Minister’s Questions at Holyrood. In June, Health Secretary Jeane Freeman…
Mental health services for children and young people are “complex and fragmented”, with the system under “significant pressure” due to a big increase in demand, a new report has found. The Auditor General and the Accounts Commission called for a “step change” after their joint report uncovered patchy provision of…
Young people with learning difficulties have highlighted key areas of research which could help to improve their lives. The 10 priorities include devising approaches to tackle bullying and creating the best learning environments. Academics will use the information to plan new research initiatives at the University of Edinburgh and worldwide.…
The proportion of children and young people who report having a mental health condition has risen six-fold in around two decades, a new study has found. In 1995, just 0.8% of four to 24-year-olds in England said they had a long-standing mental health condition, according to the research published in…
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