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A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, problems accessing services and reliance on the use of medication to treat patients, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People…
A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, problems accessing services and reliance on the use of medication to treat patients, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People…
Council bosses have come under fire from a family court judge who said a social worker investigating a baby-abuse allegation had gathered evidence in a "wholly inappropriate" way. Judge Thomas Greensmith said social services staff had investigated after a two-month-old girl suffered a broken collarbone and doctors suggested that she…
Teaching assistants, auxiliary nurses, police community officers and other public services support staff are putting in millions of hours of unpaid overtime, according to new research. Unison said its study showed the impact of years of job cuts, which had led to "intolerable pressures" across the public sector. A survey…
More than eight out of 10 councils are being forced to reduce their public health budgets this year following £96 million in "devastating" Tory health cuts, the Labour Party has said. In total, local authorities will have to make £800 million of public health cuts over six years, the party…
Millions of unpaid carers are putting their own health at risk to look after loved ones, council leaders have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA) and charity Carers UK said many of the 5.7 million people looking after family or friends in England were unable to take a break from…
A hospital nurse with a history of mental health difficulties put the painkiller Tramadol into the feed of newborn baby in a "moment of madness", a family court judge has concluded. Judge Jane Probyn said a doctor had described the 12-day-old boy, the nephew of the nurse's policeman partner, as…
Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making permanent arrangements for such children as early as possible, an academic has said. Helen Whincup (pictured) from the the University of Stirling said there was no evidence decisions…
A council has been given back control of its services which were stripped away after a child sexual exploitation scandal. The government control of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council has been in place since February 2015 after damning reports into the way more than 1,400 children were groomed, abused and trafficked…
Public services face a fresh round of austerity cuts within two years, according to a think tank. Vital areas that do not have spending protections are in line for real-terms cuts of 2.1% after 2020, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) claimed. Its analysis found prisons, public health and housing are…
Campaigners have accused the Government of treating thousands of women as "acceptable collateral damage" after it rejected calls to introduce national buffer zones outside abortion clinics. Introducing protest-free areas outside clinics to prevent harassment of patients "would not be a proportionate response", Home Secretary Sajid Javid said. His decision was…
A 14-year-old boy at the centre of family court litigation has persuaded a judge to let him choose his own solicitor. Council social workers say the boy should not be cared for by his parents, but he disagrees and says he does not want to live with foster carers. He…
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