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A mother and her partner have gone on trial accused of murdering her two-year-old son. Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and Nyomi Fee, 28, deny murdering toddler Liam in Fife in March 2014. The women also plead not guilty to a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two…
A mother has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 24 years after being found guilty of murdering her toddler daughter Ayeeshia Jane Smith by stamping the child to death. Kathryn Smith, 23, was convicted by majority verdict at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday after a six-week trial…
A mother has been found guilty of murder after stamping to death her "happy and smiley" 21-month-old toddler at the family home. Kathryn Smith, aged 23, was convicted of killing Ayeeshia Jane Smith at the flat where they lived in Burton-upon-Trent in Staffordshire, on May 1 2014. Her 22-year-old former…
Almost 5,000 children in Scotland were homeless and living in temporary accommodation at the end of 2015, official figures have revealed. The latest quarterly statistics on homelessness showed that on December 31 there were 10,467 individuals and families who were homeless and living somewhere on a temporary basis, a rise…
Town halls will be offered cash incentives as part of an overhaul of social services for troubled children, the Education Secretary has announced. Nicky Morgan has urged councils and charities to suggest new schemes for running children's services and bid for funding from a pot of £200 million. Mrs Morgan…
A judge has decided that the identities of everyone involved in a family court case she oversaw must stay secret - including the lawyers. Local authority social services bosses asked Recorder Susan Jacklin to make decisions about the futures of three children at a private family court hearing in Bournemouth,…
Pressing issues in achieving justice for families and children will be debated at a major international research and practice conference being held at Northumbria University later this year. 'International Research Conference on Family Justice: Achieving Justice for Children and Their Families' will see up to 400 academics and practitioners from…
Children living in care homes are excessively criminalised compared to other boys and girls, campaigners have said. Research suggests there is a "systemic" problem which leads staff to resort to the police - often in relation to minor incidents that would never come to officers' attention if they occurred in…
The City of Cardiff Council has welcomed the findings of the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) inspection of Children’s Services published last week. The Inspectorate has found significant improvement since its last inspection in 2014 and the report makes recommendations to ensure this improvement continues. It has reported…
Cafcass has launched Parenting Plan and Family Meetings: a free support service for separated parents in Greater Manchester, Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire to assist families to agree arrangements for their children away from court. Here we take a look at one of the initial pilots which was a pre-cursor…
Almost two thirds of Scots believe assigning a named person to every child is "an unacceptable intrusion" into family life, according to a new poll. Results from the survey revealed just 24% of those questioned said they would trust a named person to always act in the best interests of…
Mark Rylance, Jude Law and Paloma Faith are among more than 90 stars calling on David Cameron to step up the Government's commitment to reuniting refugees stranded across Europe with their families in the UK. The plea, issued in an open letter signed by leading figures from the arts and…