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The new child sexual exploitation (CSE) guidance was commissioned by the Department for Education and is based on a review of the evidence by the University of Bedfordshire and Research in Practice. This resource is the original text from which the summary document Tackling child sexual exploitation: Advice for Professionals…
The shortlist for the inaugural Scottish Social Services Awards has been announced revealing the 31 successful entrants making it to the final out of 155 entries nationwide. It includes a mix of individuals, teams and organisations working in social services for a range of third sector and independent organisations, local…
Tens of thousands of young children attending nurseries could miss out on 30 free hours a week of childcare, industry leaders have said. More than a fifth of nurseries (22%) say they will not be, or are unlikely to take part in the Government scheme, which will see free childcare…
A council social worker who told a couple that it might be harder to place their baby son for adoption if he was christened has been criticised by a family court judge. She said adoption attempts might be hindered if the little boy, now about 15 months old, was "christened…
Thousands of youngsters are feeling lonely and misunderstood, Childline has said. The helpline provided the equivalent of 11 counselling sessions a day in 2016/17, 4,063 in total, to children and young people suffering from loneliness. The issue is usually associated with older people, Childline said, but it is getting calls…
A father-of-four has lost the latest round of a "worrying" family court battle over the care of his youngest child. Social workers at Brighton & Hove City Council had raised welfare concerns shortly after the little girl, now four, was born. Judges have been told that the children's mother had…
Journalists have been told to stop saying children at the centre of care disputes between separated parents are embroiled in "custody battles". A group, largely made up of specialist lawyers, which aims to promote understanding of the family justice system says the term demeans children and suggests that they are…
The second phase of the Scottish child abuse inquiry will investigate children's homes run by the Catholic Church. The inquiry is examining historical allegations of the abuse of children in care and has been taking statements from witnesses since last spring. Officials said the first part of the second phase…
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