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A hospital nurse with a history of mental health difficulties put the painkiller Tramadol into the feed of newborn baby in a "moment of madness", a family court judge has concluded. Judge Jane Probyn said a doctor had described the 12-day-old boy, the nephew of the nurse's policeman partner, as…
Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making permanent arrangements for such children as early as possible, an academic has said. Helen Whincup (pictured) from the the University of Stirling said there was no evidence decisions…
There has been a spike in the number of young people seeking counselling about child-on-child sexual abuse, Childline has said. The children's charity said it held 3,878 counselling sessions with young people concerned about sexual abuse among peers last year, an increase of 29% on the previous year. The true…
Children from the former Calais jungle camp are set to be granted the right to remain in the UK. The Home Office has announced that more than 200 youngsters from the camp will be given a new status to allow continued access to study, work and the NHS until they…
Police are discovering child abuse image offences on average every 23 minutes, according to the NSPCC. Recorded crimes of viewing indecent pictures or videos of children rose by a nearly quarter from last year to more than 22,700, the charity said on Thursday. The figures came after the Home Secretary…
The Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) had information about alleged abuse of children a decade before it was reported but did not investigate it, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland said. The watchdog found the force's Criminal Investigation Department received intelligence in 2000 which linked a man to alleged harm of…
A man has been arrested after a missing teenage girl was found by police. Naomi Rees, 15, was hunted by officers across the UK after she went missing from her home in South Wales four weeks ago. The schoolgirl was finally found on Tuesday night in Solihull, West Midlands, and…
A woman has had seven children taken from her care after social workers raised concern about "chronic neglect" with family court judges. The woman's first child was removed from her home more than a decade ago and a judge has now approved the permanent removal of the remaining six. Recorder…
A British mother who moved her daughters to Alaska without their father's permission has been jailed after admitting abduction charges. Indea Ford, 34, broke court orders to take the children to Sitka after the breakdown of their "acrimonious" relationship, Isleworth Crown Court heard on Monday. Ford, who previously lived in…
Prue Leith has shared a family photograph of herself and her adopted daughter as part of a campaign to encourage others to consider adoption. The Great British Bake Off judge is one of a number of celebrities sharing family snaps to back the Barnardo's campaign, including former X Factor star…
As the next school year begins, a new study has identified the impact that early trauma has on a child’s education and prospects for good future health. Published in the journal BMC Public Health, the study talked to adults in Wales about their exposure to childhood maltreatment and other early…
Intelligence around female genital mutilation (FGM) has been branded "quite frankly woeful" by the lead officer who said the lack of a conviction in the UK is unacceptable. Commander Ivan Balhatchet of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC) appealed to the public, support groups and those who work with children…
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