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The parents of a dying baby suffered a "horrifically stressful" experience after social services failings deprived them of time with their child, an ombudsman has said.City of York Council social workers were accused of failing to properly review the case of the baby boy, whose parents were placed under strict…
A report from the Children's Commissioner for England has called on internet firms and toy companies to be more transparent in what data they are collecting from children.It says manufacturers of internet-connected toys and online services aimed at younger users should clearly state on packaging or elsewhere if their products…
Leading judges are being asked to rule that a teenager's "prolonged solitary confinement" in detention amounted to "inhuman and degrading" treatment.Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett, Lord Justice Moylan and Lord Justice Singh heard on Wednesday that the boy was locked alone in his cell at Feltham Young Offender Institution (pictured)…
Council social services bosses have come under fire from a family court judge after a little boy was placed with foster carers when grandparents who might have offered a home were unaware of his existence.Judge Mary Lazarus has complained about a "wide-ranging composite set of failings" by staff at Kent…
A children's home worker accused of sexually assaulting boys in his care used his connections with Manchester United to "buy a form of silence" from his victims, a court has heard.Bruce McLean, 62, was friends with footballers and, while working as a care worker in the 1970s and 1980s, would…
Some parents may have to pay for family support services, a union has said.Unite raised concerns that proposals from Cornwall Council could eventually lead to some parents needing to "pay for health visitors".But Cornwall Council (pictured) insisted there were no plans to charge for any health services for children and…
Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scandal" with patients being treated in a way that has "no place in the 21st century".Recent reports of an autistic teenager called Bethany who was locked…
Social Work now has a new champion, albeit in the unlikely guise of the new industry regulator. As part of the 2017 Children’s and Social Work Act, the Government introduced a new regulatory body in the form of Social Work England (SWE). The new body has powers to implement change…
People with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population, resulting in 1,200 premature deaths every year, a report has warned. The University College London (UCL) Institute of Health Equity (IHE) said it was "staggering" that two in five (40%) people with learning disabilities are…
Almost 1,000 children have been transferred from St John’s Hospital (SJH) in Livingston to Edinburgh for treatment due to closures at the children’s ward. The paediatric ward at the West Lothian hospital has been closed to out-of-hours inpatients since July 2017 due to staff shortages. The ward was hit by…
Young people say they are more likely to turn to online platforms for mental health support than medical professionals, family or friends, according to a survey. A poll found that nearly two-thirds (65%) of 16 to 24-year-olds would look for online support for a mental health issue or concern rather…
A police officer accused of the rape of a teenage girl had ambitions of working in a unit dealing with vulnerable youngsters, a court has heard. Cheshire Police constable Ian Naude, 30, is accused of raping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old in October last year. On Thursday, Pc Laura McCormick…
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