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The practice of sending mental health patients far away from friends and family to receive care has become endemic in the NHS, leading doctors warned as new figures show a rise in the number of patients sent miles away. Some are even receiving care hundreds of miles away, the British…
A man has been convicted of raping and sexually assaulting blind children while he was a schoolboy. From the age of 12, David Penman sexually assaulted numerous pupils at the Royal Blind School in Edinburgh. All of his victims, male and female, are blind or partially sighted, as he is.…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has published details of its latest inspection of learning disabilities services in Pembrokeshire. This latest report follows on from an inspection (in December 2015) which found some significant shortfalls and the local authority developed an improvement plan to tackle the issues raised.…
A leading North Wales Doctor is encouraging teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek support or access online resources which can offer hope and practical ideas on staying safe. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Alys Cole King, says it’s vital that teenagers are aware that with the right…
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…
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…
Children’s charity Barnardo’s is advising care professionals, including teachers, to be aware of the signs a girl may be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) as ‘cutting season’ approaches. The so-called season arrives at the start of the summer holidays, when potentially thousands of UK girls could be…
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