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A child with additional support needs (ASN) was left covered in faeces at school as teachers would not help her, a mother has told the Scottish education secretary. The woman, who gave her name as Marie, was taking part in a BBC Radio Scotland phone-in when she told John Swinney…
Social care services firm CareTech has agreed to buy Cambian in a deal that values the takeover target at up to £372 million. CareTech said the deal was "compelling" given the "highly complementary service offering and geographical coverage" provided by both firms. It also said the takeover would improve care…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today announced the appointment of Lorraine Gray as its new Chief Executive. Ms Gray was appointed Interim Chief Executive in the spring, following Anna Fowlie’s move to the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Ms Gray has a long association with the SSSC, most recently…
Twenty-one people have now been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bury, police said. On Wednesday, further arrests were made as part of the multi-agency probe launched in June 2017 following reports youngsters were being groomed in two local parks. Two men, aged 21 and…
Dr Alinka Gearon from the University of Bath has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to run a seminar showcasing her research on child trafficking services. Dr Gearon (pictured) from the Department of Social & Policy Sciences, will be running 'Child trafficking: Children’s voices informing practice'…
An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week have been delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme. The Scottish Government said 52,065 baby boxes have been gifted to date, with an 85% uptake by parents. The latest survey showed 100% satisfaction with the box, which…
Detectives have charged 31 people with offences including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sexual offences against children in the Huddersfield area. West Yorkshire Police said the five alleged victims were girls aged between 12 and 18, with the offences said to have occurred between 2005 and 2012. Thirty…
The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 40% from 5,368 in May 2010 to 3,247 in April 2018, figures from NHS Digital show. Many patients may end up being…
Lack of action to tackle child poverty is creating "a generation of invisible boys and girls", according to former prime minister Gordon Brown. He accused both the Scottish and UK governments of ignoring what he described as "a national disgrace", and called for increases in welfare payments to address the…
Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in the Upper Tribunal, said it was "repugnant" to consider such behaviour as "criminal or anti-social" when it is a direct result of a child's…
Sexual abuse at two leading Catholic schools over four decades was likely to be "considerably" more widespread than conviction figures reflect, a report has found. Monks at Ampleforth in North Yorkshire and Downside in Somerset hid allegations of "appalling sexual abuse" against pupils as young as seven to protect the…
The Measuring the Mountain project is looking for people to take part in its Citizens' Jury at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 24-27 September 2018. The Measuring the Mountain team is currently collecting stories about people’s experiences of care in Wales and the Citizens’ Jury event will see 12…
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