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A 14-year-old boy at the centre of family court litigation has persuaded a judge to let him choose his own solicitor. Council social workers say the boy should not be cared for by his parents, but he disagrees and says he does not want to live with foster carers. He…
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…
Young people with learning difficulties have highlighted key areas of research which could help to improve their lives. The 10 priorities include devising approaches to tackle bullying and creating the best learning environments. Academics will use the information to plan new research initiatives at the University of Edinburgh and worldwide.…
Children are increasingly being prosecuted for selling cannabis and should be treated like victims of exploitation and not criminals, a report has argued. Research released on Wednesday found prosecutions of young people for supplying cannabis increased 26% between 2012/13 and 2016/17. This is despite a 16% drop for adults, according…
The proportion of children and young people who report having a mental health condition has risen six-fold in around two decades, a new study has found. In 1995, just 0.8% of four to 24-year-olds in England said they had a long-standing mental health condition, according to the research published in…
Researchers have found that many children are suffering from an undiagnosed developmental condition which impacts on their ability to learn mathematics. Experts at Queen's University in Belfast carried out the research on the prevalence of Specific Learning Disorder in Mathematics (SLDM), which is also known as dyscalculia. Dr Kinga Morsanyi…
Ministers have been urged to ring fence funding for autistic children so schools can provide properly for them. Labour's Lloyd Russell-Moyle said autistic children in his Brighton Kemptown constituency were "unable to access proper education". During Education questions in the Commons, he told MPs that head teachers do not have…
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…
Ministers have been urged to make reporting child abuse mandatory after a major cover-up at two leading Catholic schools. The call in the House of Lords for action came after a report found monks at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset hid allegations of "appalling sexual abuse" against…
Every council in Scotland is offering eligible families a grant of at least £100 to help with the cost of school uniforms, officials have confirmed. Council umbrella body Cosla said all 32 local authorities have implemented an increase in school clothing grant payments to the new level while keeping the…
Arrests of children in England and Wales have fallen by more than two-thirds since the start of the decade, according to new figures. The number reduced from nearly a quarter of a million in 2010 to just under 80,000 last year, research by the Howard League for Penal Reform found.…
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