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A High Court judge has asked Education Secretary Damian Hinds to explain why a troubled 16-year-old girl has not been found a place in a secure accommodation unit. Mr Justice Francis says Mr Hinds (pictured), or a representative, might have to appear at a family court hearing in Cardiff next…
Nationwide changes should be made to the way care placements are managed, a report has said, after an inquiry into the "cruel" mistreatment of residents at a care home for autistic adults. Mendip House, near Highbridge, Somerset, was closed in November 2016 after whistleblowers made abuse allegations and the home…
A troubled boy has been placed in secure accommodation hundreds of miles from home because of a shortage of specialist units for children, a family court judge has said. Judge Richard Scarratt said the youngster came from Kent but was being held in secure accommodation in Scotland. The judge said…
A man has been charged with 40 sexual offences after an investigation into alleged abuse at former children's homes. Bruce McClean, 61, from Runcorn, has been charged with offences including buggery, attempted buggery and indecent assault, a spokesman for Cheshire Police said. The charges relate to allegations of abuse at…
Too many seriously ill children and their families are still unable to access decent end of life care, with a "cruel postcode lottery" meaning many cannot decide where they die, charities have warned.Having to plan and prepare for a child's end of life care and death is the "most stressful,…
A nun in charge of a Catholic order has offered its "deepest and most sincere apologies" to anyone who may have been abused in its care at a controversial care home. Sister Ellen Flynn said "horrifying" allegations of historical abuses said to have taken place at Smyllum Park orphanage in…
A nun has told an inquiry she "slapped" children in her care at an orphanage but said she is "not aware" of beating a boy unconscious. The 73-year-old was giving evidence to the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry of her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark, South Lanarkshire, between 1969…
An elderly nun has denied children were beaten, force-fed and humiliated at a controversial care institution. The 92-year-old woman told Scotland's Child Abuse Inquiry she had not witnessed any cruelty or struck any youngsters herself during her time at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark. She told the inquiry she was…
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