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The capacity of childcare services in Scotland has decreased, prompting renewed fears the Scottish Government will not be able to meet its pledge to expand free nursery provision.It has pledged to increase paid-for nursery places from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year olds, and eligible two-year…
A police force has removed an "insulting" child sexual exploitation campaign from social media after accusations of victim blaming.North Yorkshire Police posted a series of images on social media as part of a new campaign to target child sexual exploitation.The posts, which have been removed, included messages such as: "Which…
A High Court challenge to the "huge" fee required to register a child as a British citizen has been given the go-ahead.The Project for the Registration of Children as British Citizens (PRCBC) argues that the £1,012 registration fee, just £372 of which represents the Home Office's administrative costs, is unlawfully…
A jailed sex offender was given the chance to play a part in the future of the child of a woman he raped, it has been reported.The man, who was reportedly part of a grooming gang, was contacted in jail by a council who gave him a chance to seek…
Cash transfers should be given to Scotland’s poorest families to help them cope during the school holidays, a poverty commission has recommended.A report from the Poverty and Inequality Commission highlighted low income families face a number of pressures during holiday periods, ranging from food insecurity to a lack of opportunities…
Thousands of child refugees should be allowed into Britain to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport rescue scheme, peers have been told.Labour's Lord Dubs said 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be given a home at the rate of 1,000 a year.The peer, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport…
More than one in 10 nursery staff say they often hear children swearing, a survey suggests.Thirteen percent of those surveyed said they had seen a general increase in the number of children swearing in nurseries, and 12% highlighted that they often hear children using profanities.The poll was conducted by daynurseries.co.uk…
Actor Daniel Radcliffe is using his star power to back a moving and inspiring online appeal to raise money for children with a terminal condition this Christmas.The Harry Potter star has narrated a two-minute fundraising film for the charity Demelza Hospice Care for Children, which helps youngsters with terminal conditions…
Low pay and poor working conditions have led to a "crisis" in the care sector, with employers struggling to recruit and retain the staff needed to meet rapidly rising demand, a new report has warned.On current trends, there will be a shortage of 350,000 workers in social care by 2028,…
The number of children suffering from emotional distress is “increasing exponentially”, the chair of specialist taskforce reviewing mental health care for youngsters has warned.Dame Denise Coia said that combined with an increase in disorders such as autism and ADHD had resulted in a “massive increase” in referrals to Child and…
A new education campus for children with extra support needs is being officially opened in Renfrewshire.Erskine Waterfront Campus is run by CrossReach, the operating arm of the Church of Scotland’s social care council.The facility has been designed for up to 36 pupils aged seven to 16 who need additional support…
Increasing the number of hours of free early learning and child care provision will be “absolutely transformative”, Maree Todd has said.Under Scottish Government plans, by August 2020 every three and four-year-old in Scotland, and some two-year-olds, will be eligible for 1,140 funded hours per year.It is an increase on the…
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