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A murder inquiry has been launched following the death of a young schoolgirl on a Scottish island. Alesha MacPhail, six, was reported missing from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute at 6.25am on Monday. Her body was later found in woodland on the site of a former hotel in Ardbeg…
A High Court judge has praised on a couple in Wales who have fostered an "enormous" number of children. Mr Justice Francis, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, says he cannot imagine how social workers would cope if it were not for people…
Social media is contributing to a growing number of young people struggling with loneliness, a charity has said. The latest figures from Childline show that the NSPCC-supported service delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18 - a 14% rise on the previous year. Teenagers accounted for most of these,…
Tens of thousands of vulnerable children at risk of abuse and neglect may not be getting the help they need, a charity has warned. A report by Action for Children raises concerns that high numbers are being repeatedly referred to social services before any action is taken. It said it…
Action for Children are concerned that opportunities to intervene early are being missed. Some children are stuck in a revolving door into social care, in a cycle of referral and assessment, but only receiving help at crisis point. Vital family support services for problems like domestic abuse provide help that…
The Government is being urged to extend a scheme aimed at helping vulnerable refugees to settle in the UK. Citizens UK said the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) had helped more than 10,000 refugees, including people needing urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence, and women and children. Research by the…
Children's mental health services will need to expand significantly to cope with the growing problems faced by young people, the head of the NHS in England has said. Simon Stevens said higher rates of mental illness combined with a greater willingness of people coming forward with problems meant there would…
Social workers working in children’s services in NI have a vital role in supporting families and protecting children from harm. This was the message from NI’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland as he spoke before the regional launch of the Signs of Safety training programme today, part of a wider…
Foster carers in Scotland are being asked to take part in a new study which aims to explore the unique circumstances and challenges that come with caring for children and young people at a time when they may be vulnerable. Researchers from the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children…
More children are being forced to commit crimes including carrying weapons and selling drugs, a leading charity has warned. Barnardo's surveyed its children's service managers across the country and found that 102 out of 174 (59%) had worked with young people involved in crime. Nearly three-quarters of those asked (73…
Scientists have discovered a possible treatment to reverse a genetic form of autism - by using cancer drugs. A team of researchers have discovered that an experimental drug can potentially treat, and even permanently reverse, the symptoms associated with a genetic form of autism spectrum disorder. They discovered that the…
The Church of England "botched" an inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse, the author of a review of the report has said. Sir Roger Singleton said the Church's Past Cases Review in 2010 did not give a comprehensive picture of the problem and that those conducting it refused to…
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