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The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has published details of its latest inspection of learning disabilities services in Pembrokeshire. This latest report follows on from an inspection (in December 2015) which found some significant shortfalls and the local authority developed an improvement plan to tackle the issues raised.…
A leading North Wales Doctor is encouraging teenagers experiencing suicidal thoughts to seek support or access online resources which can offer hope and practical ideas on staying safe. Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Alys Cole King, says it’s vital that teenagers are aware that with the right…
There has been a "huge increase" in reports of emotional abuse against children, a leading children's charity has warned. NSPCC said that it has seen a 200% increase over seven years in the number of calls to its helpline from people concerned about children being subjected to emotional abuse. The…
Campaigners are launching a High Court challenge over the number of unaccompanied child refugees accepted into the UK under the Dubs scheme. The charity Help Refugees claims the consultation process by which Home Secretary Amber Rudd calculated only 480 should be accepted was "fundamentally flawed". Actress and activist Juliet Stevenson…
The Royal Borough of Greenwich is launching a campaign in partnership with the NSPCC to tackle neglect, the most common form of child abuse. Neglect Matters aims to raise awareness of the signs and symptoms so that more people speak up if they have concerns about a child. These include…
Children’s charity Barnardo’s is advising care professionals, including teachers, to be aware of the signs a girl may be at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation (FGM) as ‘cutting season’ approaches. The so-called season arrives at the start of the summer holidays, when potentially thousands of UK girls could be…
Buying a house is, experts agree, the single most stressful thing any of us will ever do. Finding and securing the perfect property is, we are told, more fraught than getting married, having a baby, getting divorced, losing a job or becoming bankrupt. It is, in short, no fun. If…
Waiting-times targets for specialist mental health care are not being met for more than a quarter of adults and one in six youngsters, new figures have revealed. The data, which covers the first three months of this year, also showed the 18-week waiting-time target for child and adolescent mental health…
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