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More must be done to tackle the problem of hundreds of runaway children found in and around railway stations, a report by MPs has said. In one recent 17-month period, British Transport Police (BTP) picked up more than 750 runaway children at London stations, the report by the House of…
Fears of being seen as racist should never get in the way of stopping child sexual exploitation, Home Secretary Theresa May said as she promised the Government would learn the lessons of the Rotherham abuse scandal. Mrs May denounced the "complete dereliction of duty" of Rotherham Council and the police…
A family court judge has blocked a local authority's attempt to take a baby into care after criticising a social worker. Judge Iain Hamilton (pictured) dismissed Manchester City Council's application for a care order following a hearing in Manchester. The judge said the baby at the centre of the case…
A senior councillor in Wrexham has been removed from the council's executive board after making allegations about its Child and Family Team (CAFAT). Malcolm King, who was lead member for finance, raised concerns about staff levels and case loads at the council's child and family assessment team. Although Council leader…
Social worker Peter Bull has been suspended from the HCPC Register for failing to fulfil his managerial and safeguarding responsibilities whilst working as Team Manager in the children with disabilities team at Walsall Borough Metropolitan Council, which was outsourced to Serco. A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee…
Nearly two in three people would hesitate to help a child who appeared lost for fear of being falsely accused, a new survey has found. In research for the NSPCC, 64% of UK adults said they would be concerned about being wrongly suspected or that someone would misunderstand their intentions…
The Scottish Children's Reporter Administration (SCRA) has published its latest set of statistics. The new figures show that in 2013/14, 19,077 children and young people in Scotland were referred to the Reporter. Specifically, these were as follows: 17,476 on non-offence (care and protection) grounds 2,764 on offence grounds The figure…
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has today published the ‘Children Order Child Protection and Referral Statistics for Northern Ireland' report which show a slight increase of registered children for the same period as last year. These statistics relate to the quarter ending 30 June 2014 and…
A report provided an overview of existing research evidence on factors that influenced parental capacity to change in families where there were significant child protection concerns. It brought together evidence from across disciplines and was intended to serve as a single reference resource to assist professionals in making assessments and…
Probation staff and youth offending teams needed to tighten up their child protection procedures and join up better with other agencies, said Paul McDowell, Chief Inspector of Probation. His comments come as he published a new report on child protection work, both with young people at risk from adult offenders…
Abstract: For most looked after children and young people, foster and residential care provides a safe environment. This study has focused on the minority of children who do not always receive safe care and who, in some instances, experience abuse or neglect at the hands of those responsible for ensuring…
The Department for Education’s proposal that for-profit companies could provide child protection services and other statutory functions for families caused a major public uproar this spring – and the furore is still rumbling. A front-page article in the Guardian, tens of thousands of signatories to various petitions, a letter signed…