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Manchester United and England football captain Wayne Rooney has signed up as the NSPCC's first ambassador for childhood. The striker, a father of two boys, will help the charity fight abuse of children by promoting its campaigns and services, especially those supporting other fathers. The charity hopes Rooney's support will…
Children's charity Kids Company is being investigated by police officers specialising in sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse. Scotland Yard said it was looking into "a number of allegations of crime" involving the charity, whose founder this month stepped down as chief executive following concerns about its management. Kids Company…
Experts in child protection have developed a test designed to help doctors recognise children suffering from life-threatening physical abuse and enable child protection services to protect them from future harm. Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) – sometimes referred to as ‘shaken baby syndrome’ - is the leading cause of death among…
Children may be at risk of abuse because of a "postcode lottery" in disclosures made under the paedophile warning system known as Sarah's Law, campaigners claim. In some parts of the country as few as one in 30 requests to police lead to the identification of child sex offenders or…
The Centre For Excellence for Looked after Children In Scotland (CELCIS) have annouced the appointment of Dr Melissa Van Dyke as their new National Expert Advisor on Implementation. Melissa joins CELCIS from the National Implementation Research Network at University of North Carolina. She will be working across key areas of…
Runaway and missing children are being housed by gangs and used to sell drugs in the UK in a form of "child trafficking", a report has claimed. Vulnerable children without criminal records, including those from care homes, pupil referral units and schools, are often targeted because they are less likely…
As many as one in every 20 women in one London borough is believed to have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM). A report by City University London and human rights organisation Equality Now estimated that 4.7% of women in Southwark have had the procedure, while one in 10 (10.4%) girls…
Northern Ireland Justice Minister David Ford and Finance Minister Arlene Foster have announced that Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders (FGMPOs) are now available. An FGMPO is an order which can be made for the purpose of protecting a girl against the commission of a genital mutilation offence or protecting a…
The police force at the centre of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal still needs to make "major improvements" to some of its child protection procedures, according to Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC). An HMIC report published in September last year raised "serious concerns" about South Yorkshire Police's approach…
Ofsted has published the findings of a report into Sunderland City Council’s Children’s Services and Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) following an inspection carried out in May this year. The report found the council to be inadequate across a range of services including child protection, adoption, and children in care.…
Researchers at Coventry University have created a new App, endorsed by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, to help protect young girls and women from female genital mutilation. The App, which works across most mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and lap tops via an internet…
Social services staff have failed to prove that a five-month-old baby suffered broken bones as a result of an assault after a family court judge heard that he was probably suffering from rickets. Medics told Mr Justice Peter Jackson that the condition - which is caused by a vitamin D…