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MSPs have called for clarity on proposed changes to the controversial named person policy following criticism from lawyers and health workers. Holyrood's Education Committee has written to Deputy First Minister John Swinney to seek more information on the impact fresh legislation will have on the workload of professionals. Under the…
A family court judge has raised concern about the lack of support offered to a woman with a low IQ who suffered "extreme abuse". Judge Stephen Wildblood said the woman, who was in her mid-20s and had an IQ of 66, had not been offered "therapeutic support" although there had…
"Far too little" is being done to prevent child domestic abuse and repair the lasting damage it does, a report has found. The second of a two-part "targeted area inspection" focused on the child protection practices of six local authorities: Hounslow, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Bradford, Lincolnshire and Salford. The joint study…
Twin babies whose parents both have learning difficulties and met while living in supported accommodation must be placed for adoption, a family court judge has ruled. Both parents, who are in their 20s, said they could not care for the boys, Recorder Carly Henley heard. The two children, who are…
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…
Criticism has been levelled at the Government after it confirmed a scheme to take in lone child refugees from Europe had seen only around 200 youngsters so far given sanctuary. This was fewer than half the 480 unaccompanied minors the Conservative administration had agreed to take when it controversially closed…
Police are "absolutely determined" to obtain a successful prosecution for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) despite no-one being convicted of the crime since it was outlawed more than 30 years ago, a senior officer has said. Inspector Allen Davis, from Scotland Yard's sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command, said it…
More than eight in 10 adults are unlikely to become foster carers, a charity said, warning of a fostering crisis. Over 85% of UK adults surveyed on behalf of Action for Children showed little or no interest in fostering, the charity found. Some 4,262 adults in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland…
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