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Council leaders are calling for urgent action to ensure children and teenagers held in youth custody are safe. The Local Government Association wants the Government to publish a clear action plan to improve conditions in young offender institutions and secure training centres. Earlier this year the prisons watchdog described the…
Teenage girls from deprived areas are at a greater risk of suffering from violence than those from more affluent communities, research suggests. This is because they feel distrusted by their "strict" parents and then put themselves in situations where they could fall victim to violence. Girls from poorer backgrounds are…
Teenagers with severe antisocial behaviour have difficulty recognising facial expressions and are less likely to look at people's eyes, a study has found. Researchers used eye-tracking methods to investigate why teenagers with conduct disorder have difficulty in recognising different emotions in others. Symptoms of the disorder, which is thought to…
Youth clubs and youth support services are set to receive £40 million in Government and lottery funding aimed at helping over 300,000 disadvantaged children across the country. The Youth Investment Fund will be shared between 86 youth trusts across six disadvantaged areas in England, to help young people gain confidence…
Theresa May has pledged to help teenagers improve their mental health by offering a new awareness course on the flagship national service scheme for young people. On A-level results day, the Prime Minister announced the new National Citizen Service (NCS) course as part of efforts to help young people struggling…
Nearly half of girls aged 11 to 18 have suffered harassment or abuse on social media, according to a survey. The poll found close to three-in-four (73%) have had to take action to avoid criticism online, such as blocking other users or staying off sites altogether. Tanya Barron, chief executive…
Scotland is in the grip of a housing "crisis" with private renters and the young disproportionately affected, according to Shelter Scotland. A report from the housing and homelessness charity reveals it helped more than 21,000 people in the last year, with more than 825,000 unique visits to online advice pages.…
Parents have been given tips on how to help their child cope with a traumatic event. More than two thirds of children will experience at least one traumatic event by the age of 16, according to new guidance from the Institute of Health Visiting. This can range from large scale…
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