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Reports of child neglect in the UK have soared by more than 60% in the last five years, a children's charity has warned. The NSPCC said it dealt with nearly 19,500 calls and emails from concerned adults in 2016/17 - the highest number of child neglect reports it has handled…
Rules on prison visits for male inmates punish their children unfairly, according to a leading charity. Barnardo's says some sons and daughters see their fathers for just two hours every four weeks under the regime. The organisation's chief executive Javed Khan said: "Restricting a child's right to a family life…
A teenager from Kuwait who told police her father would kill her if he knew she had rejected her "religious and cultural identity" should go into council care, a family court judge has ruled. The girl, who is in her mid-teens, said she no longer wanted to be "subject to…
Measures aimed at clarifying how information should be shared as part of the controversial ''named person'' scheme do not go far enough, lawyers have said. The Faculty of Advocates said it is concerned steps taken by the Scottish Government will not satisfactorily address issues raised in a legal ruling on…
Sarah Champion has resigned as shadow women and equalities secretary and apologised for her "extremely poor choice of words" in a newspaper article about child abuse. The Labour MP warned Britain has a "problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls" in a column for The Sun. Ms…
Research released by Women's Aid and Cafcass finds that 62% of applications to the family court about where a child should live or spend time feature allegations of domestic abuse. The research highlights the significant impact on children who experience domestic abuse, with those in the sample exhibiting a range…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) are changing the way they inspect local authority fostering services and independent fostering agencies across Wales. CSSIW will be using a new inspection framework the next time they inspect services and are stressing the importance of understanding these changes and how they…
What happens to children who are referred for help, but don’t meet the threshold for support? When things are bad, but not quite bad enough? A lot of work has gone into encouraging people to contact children’s services when they are worried about a child, and it's good news that…
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