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Minnie Driver has become the first celebrity to quit as an Oxfam ambassador following allegations senior staff working in crisis zones paid for sex with vulnerable locals. The Good Will Hunting star resigned after 20 years with the charity, saying she was "horrified" by the scandal. In a statement published…
Hundreds of school leaders say they have had difficulties commissioning mental health services for pupils, according to a survey published by children's charity Place2Be. The research showed that while 84% of secondary schools and 56% of primary schools offered some form of counselling services for students, almost half said that…
A new initiative to prevent mental health problems arising in children with long-term physical conditions has been successfully piloted across Scotland and is now available to schools and youth organisations nation-wide. Long term conditions, such as arthritis, spina bifida, epilepsy and diabetes often have a profound impact on the mental…
An event exploring the growing issue of self-harm will take place in Sheffield later this month. Self-harm is an important health concern in the UK with numbers seemingly rising, especially in teens, with one recent study claiming that UK GPs witnessed a 68 per cent increase in the number of…
Child protection professionals are ill-equipped when working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, say researchers who have revealed children from these groups are more likely to be taken into care. Dr Daniel Allen and Sarah Riding from the University of Salford have presented Department of Education statistics showing that since…
An academic at the University of Chester is working with a new national charity to improve the lives of looked after children. Insights from evaluative research led by Professor Elizabeth Harlow from the Department of Social Work and Interprofessional Education, were harnessed by the University’s honorary graduate Sir John Timpson…
The Duchess of Cambridge has recorded a personal message to try and spur children on to be comfortable in their own skin. Kate, who is pregnant with her third child, also says adults should help encourage children on to be the best versions of themselves. In a specially-recorded video released…
The Government is in the dark over how many people have been stopped from working with children or vulnerable adults as a result of disclosures made in background checks, a watchdog report suggests. No checks are made on how employers have responded to details provided by a body that processes…
Tasers were fired 22 times in mental health hospitals, wards and clinics during a six month period, new figures have shown. From April 1 2017 to September 30 2017, the stun guns were drawn, aimed or fired by police officers 58 times in a mental health setting, BBC Radio 5…
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…
Too many young people are killing themselves because NHS professionals are not sharing information with their families, a charity has warned. Ged Flynn, chief executive of youth suicide prevention charity Papyrus, has written to the head of every NHS trust in England urging them to encourage staff to share information…
Campaigners have been given the go-ahead to challenge a court ruling on the Government's plans to cap the number of child refugees allowed into the UK. The Help Refugees charity brought legal action over the Home Office's calculation that only 480 unaccompanied children should be accepted under an amendment moved…
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