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Women's refuges across the country have had their budgets cut by nearly a quarter in the last seven years, according to new figures. Budgets have been slashed despite the number of domestic violence cases reported to police increasing by a third in the same period. An investigation by the Bureau…
Social workers in Northumberland have placed a troubled teenage boy in a specialist residential school in Scotland after struggling to find a suitable unit in England. An English High Court judge has approved the move but has told council bosses that judges in Scotland should also give their backing. Details…
One million people in Scotland are living in "dirty" communities blighted by an increase in litter, graffiti and flytipping, according to an environmental charity. A report by Keep Scotland Beautiful found that the country's most deprived communities are being hit worst by the problem and that the gap in standards…
Scores of Vietnamese children rescued from traffickers and put into council care have vanished and are feared to have fallen back into the hands of slave gangs, it is reported. According to figures obtained by The Times, 152 Vietnamese youngsters have gone missing from their care and foster homes since…
The Government has announced it is to introduce a £20million initiative which aims to improve the lives of vulnerable children and families. Robert Goodwill, Minister for Children and Families, made the announcement at the National Children and Adults Services (NCAS) conference in Bournemouth, and said the new programme would help…
Children's services are at a "tipping point", with record numbers of youngsters now in care, town hall bosses have warned. The equivalent of 90 youngsters a day are entering the care system, according to the Local Government Association, which urged government to plug a funding gap to help councils support…
Anti-abortion protesters could be banned from standing outside a clinic after a "ground-breaking" decision by a council. Ealing Council voted overwhelmingly in favour of a motion to stop the anti-abortion groups from protesting outside a clinic in the west London borough. Councillor Binda Rai told a council meeting it was…
A foster carer is launching a claim over her employment rights in what could be a landmark legal case. Sarah Anderson, who is used by Hampshire County Council, argues that she is a worker and entitled to rights including holiday pay. The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will…
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