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Many child protection and mental health services are in crisis and a large number of children and young people are slipping through the net, a new report published tomorrow will reveal. Enough is Enough calls for a Royal Commission to be established to advise on the wholesale redesign of England’s…
Thousands of mothers have had more than one child removed by the family courts over the last seven years, according to new research. English court records show that 7,143 mothers were involved in repeat care cases - affecting 22,790 children in total. The research was carried out by Brunel and…
Thousands of child sexual abuse victims are being left frightened, depressed and even suicidal after giving evidence in court - 25 years after a major government inquiry said they should never be forced to do so, the NSPCC reveals today. More than half of these young witnesses suffer symptoms of…
Stronger laws to protect vulnerable children and people at risk of child cruelty, sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation have been announced in the Queen's Speech. The Serious Crime Bill will extend the definition of child cruelty to ensure it covers extreme cases of psychological harm. Parents in England and…
A charity delivering a groundbreaking child protection programme with the help of student volunteers has been recognised for its work. Sheffield Hallam University has named Community Service Volunteers (CSV) its Outstanding Community Partner for its Volunteers Supporting Families project. The project places volunteers with families on the council’s ‘at risk…
Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating an alleged assault on a child by a member of staff at a nursery in Carmarthenshire. Officers have confirmed they are investigating at Cylch Meithrin Cefneithin a Gorslas in the Gwendraeth Valley. The preschool was closed suddenly around eight weeks ago, leaving more than 40 children…
A baby who died while in the care of his drug addict parents may have lived if social workers had taken him into care from birth, a report has found. Five-month-old Aaron Egan drowned in the bath in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire, on 17 July 2010. Parents Thomas Egan and Chrystine…
Courts should be required by law to ensure care arrangements are in place for children of prisoners, a charity has said. Barnardo's has called for children of prisoners to be identified when their parent is sentenced or remanded in custody. The charity also wants the Ministry of Justice to appoint…
The number of children in care has increased by almost 50% in a decade, a new report on the changing shape of families has revealed. In 2011 there were 16,231 youngsters in care - a total which has risen every year since 2001, when it was 10,897. While the overall…
The number of children calling ChildLine to confide in a counsellor about their parents' drinking and drug abuse has doubled in the past year, the charity has revealed. The 24-hour helpline received 5,323 calls - more than 100 a week - from children scared by their parents' behaviour, a staggering…
Youngsters and their parents would benefit from changing Scotland's "ambiguous" laws on smacking, children's campaigners said. Jackie Brock, the chief executive of Children in Scotland, said the country is "increasingly out of step" with other nations in Europe on the protection offered to children. Anne Houston, of Children 1st, said…
Dundee City Council acted “correctly and promptly” to concerns about the abuse of pupils at Kingspark School, a review has found. Independent education consultant Alistair Marquis said he found “nothing that raised concerns about how staff ensured children’s safety and wellbeing” at the school. However Mr Marquis has made a…