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A High Court judge has raised concern about the welfare of a troubled teenage girl who professionals think should be in a specialist secure unit. Mr Justice Hayden heard that the teenager, who "violently self-harms", was currently housed in "unsuitable" accommodation. He said she was in "desperate" and "parlous" circumstances.…
A crown court judge accused of illegally accessing the digital file of a case in which her daughter was a witness has had the charge against her dropped. Judge Karen Holt, 55, browsed documents relating to jailed music teacher Cecil McCready, who was then facing trial at Guildford Crown Court…
Summer holidays are "exceptionally difficult" for children in many low-income families and can have a detrimental impact on their health and learning, new research suggests. The study found children's health may be put at risk through isolation, extended periods of inactivity and malnourishment, as many lose access to free school…
A senior barrister who was reprimanded for making "offensive" remarks about a teenage sex abuse victim has lost a High Court bid to clear his name. Howard Godfrey QC said the 16-year-old girl, who had been plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted, was "not unaccustomed" to drinking and was "not…
An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression. The Wellbeing Stories feature ten characters representing different types of thinking – including the Worry Wart, the Sprite of Bad Stories (SoBS) and the Mindfulness Magician. The stories, for 9 to 13-year-olds, are…
Scotland’s social services have been honoured for their outstanding commitment to improving the lives of the people they support at the Scottish Social Services Awards. To mark 2018 as the Year of Young People, a new award was introduced to recognise those working in Children’s Services who play a crucial…
A woman should not be told that her estranged teenage child has cancer, a High Court judge has decided. Mr Justice Hayden has imposed an information ban after the youngster, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is undergoing hospital treatment, urged doctors and social workers…
The Scottish Government is providing funding for two projects, to be led by researchers from Glasgow and Stirling universities. Guided by an expert group of young people, researchers will identify the challenges and explore the implications for children’s rights where the child’s voice is not heard in family actions. Researchers…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Northern Ireland has published deeply concerning research findings detailing social workers’ experiences of being subjected to intimidation, threats and violence. Their report, Insult and Injury: Exploring the impacts of intimidation, threats and violence against social workers, presents the results of a survey open…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Northern Ireland has published deeply concerning research findings detailing social workers’ experiences of being subjected to intimidation, threats and violence. Their report, Insult and Injury, presents the results of a survey open to all social workers in Northern Ireland. Eighty-six per cent of…
A qualified nurse has had a one-year-old boy taken from her care after a social worker raised concern about the way she let him sit in a Bob The Builder toy car, which was "inappropriate" for his age. The social worker told a family court judge how she had concerns…
A nun has admitted to an inquiry that she mistreated children at two orphanages and described another sister's alleged actions as "cruel". The 77-year-old, who cannot be identified, said youngsters at Nazareth House in Aberdeen would be smacked or hit with a hairbrush while she was there between 1963 and…
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