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A woman who duped her teenage daughter into going to Pakistan and forced her to marry has been jailed for four and a half years, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The unemployed woman, whom a judge said acted with "cowardice" and "deceit", was convicted on Tuesday of…
A children's charity is urging tech giants to take urgent action to protect youngsters from predators after it found more than half of 12-year-olds have livestreamed videos online. A YouGov survey carried out for Barnardo's found that 57% of 12-year-olds and more than one in four children aged 10 (28%)…
The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the letter in her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) to mark Children's Hospice Week. The national awareness initiative is…
A Welsh Government-funded project that gives people out of work the experience they need to start a career in the childcare sector has been praised by Children’s Minister Huw Irranca-Davies. The Minister visited the Li’l Angels Day Nursery, based in Shotton, Deeside to meet some of the people taking part…
A Tory MP has raised concerns over the handling of child sexual exploitation cases claiming in some instances the "police don't fully understand grooming and the power that a perpetrator can exert". Lucy Allan, the MP for Telford, questioned whether current law was protecting children and young people from grooming…
A mother has been convicted of duping her teenage daughter to go to Pakistan and forcing her to marry, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The woman was found guilty following a trial at Birmingham Crown Court, where a jury heard how the victim had sobbed as she…
The health watchdog has made assumptions that the standard of health and social care may deteriorate this year, one official has said. In an interview with the Health Service Journal (HSJ), outgoing boss Sir David Behan said the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had adjusted its 2018/19 plans to anticipate more…
An over-sterile germ-free environment in the first year of life is one of the major causal factors behind childhood leukaemia, a controversial study suggests. Coupled with unlucky genetics, it can leave a child vulnerable to common infections such as flu triggering the disease, says a leading expert. Professor Mel Greaves,…
Schools have been given new guidance to deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and harassment. The Department for Education guidelines, which will come into force in September, set out advice for schools on how to manage reports of abuse and require staff to hold more than one emergency contact…
A mother and stepfather have been jailed for the rape of a girl who was returned to their care after social services dismissed her as "troublesome". The parents, now both in their 70s, abused the girl when she was around 13 for up to two months in 1978. A jury…
This evaluation was commissioned by the Department for Education in 2015, as part of a series of studies into the implementation and impact of the Step Up to Social Work qualifying programme. The objectives set out by the Department for Education specified the overall aim for the study of assessing…
Research into the adequacy and consistency of knowledge on gender variance in social work training and continuous professional development. This review takes a systematic approach, providing an overview of the density and quality of evidence on social worker education in regard to gender identity and gender variance. It scopes and…
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