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The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has called for urgent improvement after inspectors found a number of serious concerns following an inspection of Powys County Council children’s services in July 2017. The inspection report, published this week, found that children and young people were not well-served by the…
Measures to tackle emergency funding shortfalls in key public services will cost £10 billion over five years but amount to a "sticking plaster" solution, according to expert analysis of government spending. The extra money will help hospitals, schools, prisons and social care keep going but will not tackle the underlying…
Increasing numbers of gay men and lesbians in Britain are adopting children or becoming foster carers. Latest figures show that there are now more than 20,000 children living in same-sex couple families. Enabled by legislation passed in 2002, this trend is contributing to the emergence of new conceptions of family…
A group that aims to improve children's experiences of the family court system has produced a child's guide to legal language. The Family Justice Young People's Board says children embroiled in family court disputes can have difficulty understanding some words and phrases. Members have created a glossary of terms to…
Women's refuges across the country have had their budgets cut by nearly a quarter in the last seven years, according to new figures. Budgets have been slashed despite the number of domestic violence cases reported to police increasing by a third in the same period. An investigation by the Bureau…
Social workers in Northumberland have placed a troubled teenage boy in a specialist residential school in Scotland after struggling to find a suitable unit in England. An English High Court judge has approved the move but has told council bosses that judges in Scotland should also give their backing. Details…
One million people in Scotland are living in "dirty" communities blighted by an increase in litter, graffiti and flytipping, according to an environmental charity. A report by Keep Scotland Beautiful found that the country's most deprived communities are being hit worst by the problem and that the gap in standards…
Scores of Vietnamese children rescued from traffickers and put into council care have vanished and are feared to have fallen back into the hands of slave gangs, it is reported. According to figures obtained by The Times, 152 Vietnamese youngsters have gone missing from their care and foster homes since…
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