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Youngsters are being "disadvantaged most" by cuts to public health services, leading children's doctors have said. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) said there had been "destructive" reductions in preventive services. A year on from its State of Child Health report, the RCPCH has examined how officials…
Britain's biggest police force witnessed a 700% spike in the number of online child abuse cases referred to them by national investigators over three years, an inquiry has heard. The National Crime Agency (NCA) alerted Scotland Yard to potential paedophiles operating over the internet on 647 occasions between January 1…
Paloma Faith and Fay Ripley are among a group of celebrities sharing family photos to support an urgent appeal for foster carers. Former Towie stars Lydia Bright and Debbie Douglas, Love Island's Marcel Somerville, Gogglebox vicar Kate Bottley and gold medallist sprinter Jamie Baulch are also backing the Barnardo's campaign…
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has highlighted a need for the nation’s Early Learning and Childcare sector to attract a more diverse workforce to create an additional 11,000 jobs by 2020 to meet expected demand. SDS has worked with partners to create new national Early Learning and Childcare Skills Investment Plan…
Adoption has been a particularly politicised and contentious area of public policy in recent years in the UK, perhaps most particularly in England. Political and ideological perspectives on adoption drive legal frameworks, policy, the culture of practice and the use of resources. It was against this backdrop that BASW commissioned…
An obese 12-year-old girl could be taken from the care of her mother after a doctor raised concerns about her health. Council social services bosses have begun family court litigation and a judge is expected to make decisions in the near future. Detail of the case has emerged in a…
A child dies. A nation mourns. The professionals gather to ask how and why. The media and the public want answers, then justice. It’s sadly an all too familiar process. With Channel 4’s new TV drama Kiri, the British public peek into the world of the social worker at the…
Council social services bosses must think long and hard before trying to take severely-disabled children from the care of their parents, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has warned. Sir James Munby (pictured) says parents may "justifiably resent" the launch of family court litigation in such…
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