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A rise in council applications to take children into care is making the workload of family courts "untenable", a senior judge said. Lord Justice McFarlane, a Court of Appeal judge based in London who specialises in family litigation, said there is a "crisis" that is not abating. He raised concern…
Ministers have agreed to "look again" at a Lords amendment which seeks to broaden the definition of an unaccompanied child refugee. Solicitor General Robert Buckland said he had listened "very carefully" to opinion across the House after Labour former minister Yvette Cooper urged him to accept an amendment to the…
Researchers in Glasgow have developed a new online tool to help identify young people with emerging signs of mental health problems, such as psychosis. Nearly one third of the participants using the screening tool, which was created by researchers at the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, were…
Children are being pushed towards violent street gangs by a social care system that focuses money on a small number of the most serious cases, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned. A report commissioned by Anne Longfield found that £4.3 billion - around half of the children's services budget…
A British mother has vowed to return to Canada to get more cannabis oil used to treat her son's severe epilepsy after having a supply confiscated at Heathrow Airport. Charlotte Caldwell made the trip to Toronto and back with 12-year-old Billy to get a six-month supply to treat up to…
A High Court judge has raised concern about the welfare of a troubled teenage girl who professionals think should be in a specialist secure unit. Mr Justice Hayden heard that the teenager, who "violently self-harms", was currently housed in "unsuitable" accommodation. He said she was in "desperate" and "parlous" circumstances.…
Summer holidays are "exceptionally difficult" for children in many low-income families and can have a detrimental impact on their health and learning, new research suggests. The study found children's health may be put at risk through isolation, extended periods of inactivity and malnourishment, as many lose access to free school…
An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression. The Wellbeing Stories feature ten characters representing different types of thinking – including the Worry Wart, the Sprite of Bad Stories (SoBS) and the Mindfulness Magician. The stories, for 9 to 13-year-olds, are…
We’d like to introduce ourselves to the readers of Care Appointments. We’re the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) and we’re the organisation removing child sexual abuse imagery from the internet. It’s a tough job, but a vital one, not only for the victims of this hideous abuse who we work to…
The Government has been accused of a "masterclass in incompetence" over attempts to improve the criminal records checking scheme. A project to modernise the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) has been marred by poor planning, delays and spiralling costs, according to a Commons report. The programme is more than four…
The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the letter in her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) to mark Children's Hospice Week. The national awareness initiative is…
The Government is failing to meet its commitment to put disabled people at the heart of its aid programme, a watchdog has warned. Ministers pledged to make disability inclusion in developing countries central in work to help the world's poorest, but there is still a "considerable distance" to go, the…
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