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A teenager has been arrested on suspicion of the murder of six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute. The schoolgirl was staying with relatives on the island when she was reported missing in the early hours of Monday. Her body was found in woodland near her grandmother's home by…
A global DBS check for aid workers should be introduced to better protect vulnerable children from sexual abuse, ministers have been told. Labour former minister Stephen Twigg made the call after the Charity Commission revealed around 1,100 complaints about safeguarding in aid agencies had been made since the Oxfam sex…
More than two million children in England are growing up in families where there are serious risks, a study has found. The Children's Commissioner, Anne Longfield, said more than a million of the most vulnerable in the country are being let down by a system that leaves them to "fend…
This year’s 2018 vulnerability report tells us about the numbers of children who are growing up in England with vulnerability and risks that could affect their lives, wellbeing and life chances. We find that there are over 2 million children in England living in families with substantial complex needs, and…
A murder inquiry has been launched following the death of a young schoolgirl on a Scottish island. Alesha MacPhail, six, was reported missing from Rothesay on the Isle of Bute at 6.25am on Monday. Her body was later found in woodland on the site of a former hotel in Ardbeg…
A High Court judge has praised on a couple in Wales who have fostered an "enormous" number of children. Mr Justice Francis, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, says he cannot imagine how social workers would cope if it were not for people…
Social media is contributing to a growing number of young people struggling with loneliness, a charity has said. The latest figures from Childline show that the NSPCC-supported service delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18 - a 14% rise on the previous year. Teenagers accounted for most of these,…
Tens of thousands of vulnerable children at risk of abuse and neglect may not be getting the help they need, a charity has warned. A report by Action for Children raises concerns that high numbers are being repeatedly referred to social services before any action is taken. It said it…
Action for Children are concerned that opportunities to intervene early are being missed. Some children are stuck in a revolving door into social care, in a cycle of referral and assessment, but only receiving help at crisis point. Vital family support services for problems like domestic abuse provide help that…
The Government is being urged to extend a scheme aimed at helping vulnerable refugees to settle in the UK. Citizens UK said the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS) had helped more than 10,000 refugees, including people needing urgent medical treatment, survivors of violence, and women and children. Research by the…
Children's mental health services will need to expand significantly to cope with the growing problems faced by young people, the head of the NHS in England has said. Simon Stevens said higher rates of mental illness combined with a greater willingness of people coming forward with problems meant there would…
Social workers working in children’s services in NI have a vital role in supporting families and protecting children from harm. This was the message from NI’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland as he spoke before the regional launch of the Signs of Safety training programme today, part of a wider…
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