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The number of children and young people waiting more than a year for specialist help with mental-health problems has almost trebled, according to new figures. Of those starting treatment in the period April and June 2016, 147 had been on a waiting list for more than 12 months, up from…
The most senior family court judge in England and Wales has been asked to make decisions about the future of a three-year-old girl who has been at the centre of litigation for almost all her life. A local family court judge, a High Court judge and several Court of Appeal…
Ministers have defended the care system after a former Liberal Democrat MP said council social services departments in England and Wales were "under pressure" to get children adopted. John Hemming, who campaigns for improvements in the family justice system, said the process of assessment used by judges who make decisions…
A teacher who described herself as a "snob" and said a member of her ex-husband's family spoke "Geordie" and lived on a "grotty" estate has lost a court fight over the care of her two children. Judge Rachel Hudson has decided that the youngsters, who are eight and nine, should…
More than 2,000 children were reported to police for crimes linked to indecent images in the space of three years. The figures were released amid concerns over so-called sexting among young people, where they share nude pictures on their phones and social media. Children's charity the NSPCC submitted a Freedom…
A hospital for mentally ill children has been slammed by health officials after inspectors observed a youngster harming themselves in front of a member of staff. Huntercombe Hospital in Stafford has been placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission after inspectors identified a number of serious failings. During…
Children as young as three are showing signs of being unhappy with their appearance and bodies, a survey of childcare professionals has suggested. Almost a third of nursery and school staff said they had heard a child label themselves fat while 10% said they had heard a child say they…
A judge has banned journalists from reporting on a deportation case involving a teenager - despite it already receiving widespread press attention. The youngster is currently fighting to remain in the UK and fears for their safety if deported. The teen's legal representatives argued the public should be able to…
The Department of Health have produced a series of videos to help healthcare professionals understand, safeguard and care for women and girls affected by female genital mutilation (FGM). In these video's, you will hear: Women speak openly about their personal experiences and what they think healthcare professionals can do to…
Significant progress has been made in improving services for children and young people in Dumfries and Galloway, inspectors have said. Inspectors returned for a second follow-up review of services in the area after an initial inspection in February 2014 raised concerns and identified five priority areas for urgent improvement. Inspectors…
Social services staff want a High Court judge to intervene in a bid to protect a vulnerable teenage girl they say is being sexually exploited by four men. Lawyers representing council bosses in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, want a judge to order the men to stay away from the youngster. Mr…
A new report looking at reviews into child deaths in Scotland has identified a number of areas for improvement. Significant case reviews (SCRs) are carried out when a youngster has died, been seriously harmed, or where they have been at risk of harm. By examining the circumstances surrounding the cases,…