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There has been a "huge increase" in reports of emotional abuse against children, a leading children's charity has warned. NSPCC said that it has seen a 200% increase over seven years in the number of calls to its helpline from people concerned about children being subjected to emotional abuse. The…
This learning summary provides a brief, anonymised account of the circumstances of the case and agency involvement. It presents the process and findings, with an analysis overview, learning points and recommendations. It will not refer to all of the particulars of the case. The learning points, recommendations and action points…
New legislation on how and when information on families should be shared as part of the "named person" scheme has been published by the Scottish Government. The proposed new laws are aimed at addressing a legal ruling on the controversial policy which would see a single point of contact, such…
A review into historic incidents of abuse in Scottish football is ready to begin the "crucial yet sensitive" stage of information-gathering. Preparatory work has been concluded for the review, which has been commissioned by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) and is chaired by Martin Henry. The sport has been rocked…
A significant case review into the death of a toddler murdered by his mother and her civil partner has found "missed opportunities across services" which could have "potentially prevented" the harm he suffered. However, the independent review found Liam Fee's death "could not have been prevented" and his mother and…
Legislation to tackle domestic abuse must go further to protect children, MSPs have been told. The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill creates a specific criminal offence of ''abusive behaviour towards a partner or ex-partner'', including psychological abuse - such as coercive and controlling behaviour. It also includes the introduction of an…
Campaigners are launching a High Court challenge over the number of unaccompanied child refugees accepted into the UK under the Dubs scheme. The charity Help Refugees claims the consultation process by which Home Secretary Amber Rudd calculated only 480 should be accepted was "fundamentally flawed". Actress and activist Juliet Stevenson…
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is launching a campaign in partnership with the NSPCC to tackle neglect, the most common form of child abuse. Neglect Matters aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms so that more people speak up if they have concerns about a child. These include…
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