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The Government has been accused of a "masterclass in incompetence" over attempts to improve the criminal records checking scheme. A project to modernise the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has been marred by poor planning, delays and spiralling costs, according to a Commons report. The programme is more than four…
The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the letter in her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) to mark Children's Hospice Week. The national awareness initiative is…
The Government is failing to meet its commitment to put disabled people at the heart of its aid programme, a watchdog has warned. Ministers pledged to make disability inclusion in developing countries central in work to help the world's poorest, but there is still a "considerable distance" to go, the…
The number of children referred for mental health treatment by their schools has risen by more than a third in the past three years, figures have revealed. According to data obtained by the NSPCC, a total of 34,757 referrals for specialist support were made by schools in 2017-18 - the…
A suicide prevention charity helpline experienced its "busiest day ever" after troubled Coronation Street character Aidan Connor killed himself, prompting a flood of requests for help from young people.Papyrus, which provides trained support for callers to its HopeLineUK service, said staff "worked relentlessly, without taking a break" to cope with…
BBC and commercial radio stations will team up for the first time ever to broadcast a message about mental health.The one-minute segment will air across more than 300 stations on May 15 at 10.59am.Featuring global voices to be revealed at a later date, the message is to recognise Mental Health…
The Department of Health [DoH] and Department of Education [DE] have launched a public consultation on the draft Strategy for Looked After Children: Improving Children’s Lives. Both departments have pledged to support children and young people in care; those on the edge of care and also those young people who…
One in nine young adults in Scotland has attempted suicide, according to new research. The study of 18-34-year-olds also found that one in six (16.2%) report having self harmed at some stage in their lives. Researchers found that 6.5% of the 3,508 young Scots questioned reported a history of both…
Government plans to improve access to mental health care in schools and colleges lack ambition, leaving hundreds of thousands of children without the support they need, MPs have warned. A joint report by the Commons Education and Health and Social Care committees said the slow pace of the roll-out of…
The findings of a review into the early deaths of people with learning disabilities show a "much worse picture" than previous reports, Labour has warned. Asking an urgent Commons question on the Learning Disabilities Mortality Review, shadow health and social care minister Barbara Keeley claimed it was "disgraceful" that Health…
Ministers have been accused of breaking their promise to cut the numbers of children being "farmed out" to children's homes huge distances from where they were brought up and live. Labour MP Ann Coffey (pictured) will use a parliamentary debate to highlight evidence that a "sent-away generation" is in danger…