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A record five million children in the UK could be trapped in poverty by 2020, according to new research. The report from Save the Children reveals youngsters have paid the highest price in the recession, with families being hit by a triple whammy of years of flat wages, cuts to…
Arrests of children have fallen by 59 per cent in five years, figures obtained by the Howard League for Penal Reform reveal today. Research published by the charity shows that every police service in England and Wales made fewer child arrests in 2013 than it did in 2008. It follows…
The number of children registered blind or partially sighted has risen as survival rates for severely premature babies improve, according to new findings. There has been a 9% rise in children registered blind or partially sighted from 10,947 in 2006 to 11,928 last year, according to an analysis of British…
Changes to the tax and benefits system brought in by the UK Government will "damage our children", a health inequalities expert has told MSPs. Analysis of the changes, which include wide-ranging reforms to welfare, mean that the worst off families are experiencing the greatest decline in percentage income, Holyrood's Health…
Statistics released by Cafcass show the number of care applications received per 10,000 child population - the rate of care applications - by each local authority (LA) in England with children's services responsibilities. The numbers run from 2008-09, the year of the tragic Peter Connelly case in Haringey, to 2013-14.…
Local government is bound by the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Check the responsibilities of your DCS and Lead Member for Children in their statutory guidance and it’s there. UNCRC Article 12 says all children and young people must have their voices heard and taken seriously,…
A new national system of reviewing child deaths will be set up in Scotland following concerns the mortality rate is "considerably" higher than in many other western European countries. The Scottish Government immediately accepted the recommendation for change published in a report by an expert group. The report found variation…
Almost a third of children in Scotland are living in households which have almost no wealth, according to new analysis of a UK-wide survey. The Wealth and Assets Survey 2008-10 shows that 30% of children in Scotland live in households which do not own property, have an occupational pension or…
The attainment gap between children from poorer families and their better off peers begins before they reach school age and continues to widen throughout their education, a new report has highlighted. Children from richer backgrounds "significantly outperform" those from more deprived backgrounds between the ages of three and five, while…
High-quality nursery education can help improve children's performance into secondary school, according to a new research paper. Pre-school experience enhances all-round development in children and may particularly benefit disadvantaged children, the Scottish Government paper suggests. The report, Childcare and Children's Intellectual Outcomes, draws on the findings of three major studies…
Bereaved parents have called for a full public inquiry after a report on a baby ashes scandal at a crematorium found hundreds of people face a "lifetime of uncertainty" over what happened to their child's remains. Over decades, staff at Edinburgh's Mortonhall crematorium secretly disposed of the remains of stillborn…
Adfam has launched a major new report examining the dangers to children when their parents or carers are prescribed Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) medications. Medications in drug treatment: tackling the risks to children, looks at Serious Case Reviews, international research and media coverage of incidents of children ingesting methadone and…
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