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A former altar boy has waived his anonymity to tell a child abuse inquiry of beatings and sexual abuse at an orphanage. William Connelly broke down in tears as he told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of his experiences at Smyllum Park in Lanark. The 69-year-old, who stayed at the…
A nun "killed" a four-year-old boy at an orphanage, a child abuse inquiry has heard. A witness, who cannot be named, said he heard the boy being beaten then never saw him again and recently found out the boy had died. The witness also said he was physically and sexually…
A High Court judge has raised concern after being told that social services staff could not find a unit which could take an "extremely aggressive" 15-year-old girl who he said should be in secure accommodation. Mr Justice Hayden has described the girl, who is in the care of a Greater…
A woman who grew up in care has won a prestigious award for her documentary about young people in the care system. Rebecca Southworth, who graduated from the University of Salford’s BA Television and Radio (BATAR) programme with a first class degree in 2015, has won a Royal Television Society…
The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has been commissioned by Welsh Government to undertake a large scale evaluation of outcomes for looked after children including: A comparison of intended and actual placement outcomes for all children who came into care over a one year period A…
Aspire Scotland, a bespoke care and education services for children and young people in the UK, has been sold to the Priory Group for an undisclosed sum. Aspire Scotland operates seven homes in Scotland and caters for vulnerable children and young people, providing a safe, nurturing and ‘family’ environment. It…
Care workers will lose their jobs and providers will go bust if the Government does not fund historic liabilities for paying staff on so-called "sleep-in shifts", local authorities have warned. The Government announced on Wednesday that social care providers including children's homes will be given up to a year to…
Social care providers including children's homes have been given up to a year to identify what they owe workers who were incorrectly paid below the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts. Employers will then have up to three months to pay workers under a new "compliance scheme", ministers said. The Government…
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