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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…
A graduate from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) who who fled Afghanistan alone at the age of 16 has been crowned ‘outstanding individual learner’ at this year’s Festival of Learning awards. Habib Rezaie has received the award for his exceptional achievement in adult learning which included volunteering to care for…
"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…
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…
A three-year-old girl was hidden in the boot of a car with two adults as a gang tried to smuggle Albanian nationals into the UK. Six people have been jailed for their role in what Judge Simon James described as "a professionally organised criminal organisation" set up to profit from…
An NHS trust has said it is "truly sorry" about the death of an epileptic teenager who drowned in a bath while in its care, after it admitted failings that led to his death. Connor Sparrowhawk (pictured), 18, who had learning difficulties, was found submerged in water at Slade House,…
The Duchess of Cambridge has made her first public appearance of sorts since her pregnancy announcement - launching a national mental health campaign with a video message. The message, recorded before last week's announcement that Kate is expecting her third child, supports an initiative that aims to equip primary school…
A judge has spoken out about the serious nationwide shortage of secure accommodation for troubled children. Judge Rowe echoed the "frustration" of other senior judges about the situation when she said on Friday that a copy of her findings in the case of a 15-year-old, who can be identified only…
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