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This is the first time that CHS has commissioned such research and follows a joint survey carried out with the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration in 2012/13, where CHS asked those taking part if they would be willing to participate in this piece of follow up qualitative work. The aim of…
Scotland Yard's child safeguarding was left with dozens of jobs unfilled despite a surge in claims of child abuse, a report has found. The number of alleged child rapes and sexual assaults has risen by a third in London in the past five years, with a 10% jump in claims…
Abstract: Issues concerning the sexual exploitation of children and young people remain the subject of considerable political, media, public and professional concern. This special issue begins with Jenny Pearce’s paper which draws on data from a research study examining how national UK guidance on Safeguarding Children and Young People from…
A legal challenge to Government plans to appoint a named guardian for every child in Scotland has been formally lodged in court. MSPs approved legislation earlier this year which will mean everyone up to the age of 18 will have a "named person" - such as a health worker or…
More than 8,000 under-18s were accused of sexual offences against other children in the last two years, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC. The children's charity contacted 42 police forces across England and Wales with a Freedom of Information request asking for the number of under-18s who had been…
A former youth worker with Pembrokeshire County Council has been jailed for six years after he admitted child sex offences. Michael John Smith, aged 49, was a line manager with Pembrokeshire Youth Service who was sacked after “several warnings” about inappropriate behaviour towards young people. Smith, of Prendergast, Haverfordwest, admitted…
The Children's Commissioner is launching a two-year national inquiry into child sexual abuse within the family environment including forced marriages. Maggie Atkinson (pictured), the Children's Commissioner for England, said: "Society is rightly horrified by child sexual abuse. "Most of our children are raised in secure, loving homes but I am…
A Safeguarding Board public awareness campaign to tackle the issue of Child Sexual Exploitation in Northern Ireland has begun. The campaign 'The More You Know, The More You See' aims to increase public awareness around this form of child sexual abuse by targeting members of the public, including key groups,…
Child protection services in the UK are still at risk of being takenover by profit making companies, despite Government claims to the contrary, warned UNISON today. Revised legislation published this week by the Department for Education states that the 'regulations will not prevent an otherwise profit-making company from setting up…
A childcare manager has been struck-off after sending a six-year-old home alone because of not being on the register for that day's after-school club. Sarah Stewart, of Angus, Tayside, has now been removed from the register by the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) which said she “failed to act with…
Kids Company has launched a new campaign to 'generate the change that our country’s vulnerable children are desperately waiting for'. Launching the 'See The Child - Change The System' campaign, the charity argue that successive Governments have avoided the real debate and left too many vulnerable children to survive alone,…
The number of people barred from working with children as a result of committing sexual offences against youngsters has plunged since vetting and barring legislation was changed three years ago, Labour has claimed. Figures obtained by the Opposition using Freedom of Information (FoI) laws show 12,360 people were stopped from…