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Children and young people are being encouraged to spend longer online by "persuasive design" which should be considered a public health issue, a new report claims. The tactic, which encourages the extended use of apps and websites, is used to collect children's data for commercial gain, but it has an…
A review involving researchers from the University of Sheffield has outlined 20 recommendations to tackle the rising number of children entering the care system in England and Wales. Professor Kate Morris, Head of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Sociological Studies, along with PhD students Calum Webb, Permela Sehmar and…
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the Home Office to "urgently review" the case of a 10-year-old orphan who is facing deportation. Ms Sturgeon has called on the Home Office to show "compassion" and "common sense" towards Giorgi Kakava who has lived in Scotland for most of his…
Judges in a specialist court have been asked to decide whether a woman who suffered brain damage in a car crash which left her husband and two eldest children dead should be separated from her only surviving child. The case is being analysed at the Court of Protection, where judges…
A police force has been fined £80,000 after an officer sent a bulk email identifying victims of non-recent child abuse. The email was sent to 56 recipients by an officer from Gloucestershire Police who was investigating allegations of abuse against multiple complainants. The Information Commissioner's Office said the unnamed officer,…
A social worker who said a woman was failing to meet her son's "emotional needs" because she had not taken him out for an ice cream and did not get his hair to be cut "in the way that he liked" has come under fire from a High Court judge.…
Young people are experiencing a "double epidemic" of obesity and mental health problems, the head of NHS England has warned. Chief executive Simon Stevens (pictured) said the issues were key priorities as the health service, which is marking its 70th year, looks to the future. But he said technology companies…
A rise in council applications to take children into care is making the workload of family courts "untenable", a senior judge said. Lord Justice McFarlane, a Court of Appeal judge based in London who specialises in family litigation, said there is a "crisis" that is not abating. He raised concern…
Ministers have agreed to "look again" at a Lords amendment which seeks to broaden the definition of an unaccompanied child refugee. Solicitor General Robert Buckland said he had listened "very carefully" to opinion across the House after Labour former minister Yvette Cooper urged him to accept an amendment to the…
A nun has told an inquiry it was painful to see youngsters at a Catholic children's home being separated from their siblings once they reached a certain age. The witness said the practice at Nazareth House in Cardonald, Glasgow, in the 1970s was "not easy to do" but stopped short…
The Government has declined to commit to passing legislation at Westminster to implement recommendations of a major historical abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said she faced a constitutional "challenge" because there was uncertainty over what approach Stormont ministers would have taken if powersharing was still…
A father who killed his three-month-old daughter when she would not stop crying has been jailed for six-and-a-half years. Traherne Williams shook Sophia Williams and threw her onto a couch while she was crying on May 30 2016, police said. The infant suffered serious brain injuries in the incident in…
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