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A 13-month-old girl who died in "troubling" and suspicious circumstances has been "denied justice" an inquest has heard. Poppi Worthington collapsed at home with injuries a pathologist suspected were caused by a sexual abuse, Kendal Coroner's Court was told. The otherwise healthy toddler woke up screaming at around 5.30am on…
MSPs have agreed to remove a deadline for key legislation for the Scottish Government's controversial named person policy. The unanimous decision scrapping the need for the first phase of Children and Young People (Information Sharing) (Scotland) Bill to be considered by Parliament by December 22, paves the way for a…
A woman who suffered the "unimaginable trauma" of seeing two children die when they were babies must have an 18-month-old daughter taken from her care and placed for adoption even though she has caused the youngster no harm, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Alan Booth said the toddler's…
Northern Ireland’s Social Care Workforce Regulator has called for this crucial sector to be recognised as one of national strategic importance following the publication of two major reports examining the challenges and opportunities for the social care workforce in Northern Ireland. For the first time ever, service providers and key…
A woman who lives in "constant fear" of her ex-husband should be allowed to give their two children new identities, a High Court judge has ruled Mr Justice Cobb said the woman should be allowed to take the rare and "draconian" step of giving the 13-year-old boy and eight-year-old girl…
A family court judge has refused to approve social workers' plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them. Judge Clifford Bellamy said he wanted a child psychologist to assess the effect of separation on the children. He said…
A fundraising appeal has been launched to help pay for the legal costs of a part-time fitness instructor who claims he was wrongly convicted of murdering his adopted baby daughter. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty…
The number of investigations started by councils into whether children are being harmed or at risk has more than doubled in the last decade, town hall bosses have warned. More than 500 child protection inquiries began each day in 2016/17, compared to around 200 a day 10 years ago, according…
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