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Around 50,000 vulnerable young children are living in households with a "toxic trio" of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems, a new report has found.The Children's Commissioner for England's report, published on Wednesday, also said there were more than 160,000 children aged under five living in…
More than 200 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested in a national crackdown.There are thought to be around 1,500 of the networks in operation in the UK, which involve urban dealers forcing children to carry drugs to customers in more rural areas.They also "cuckoo" the homes…
A man handed a three-and-a-half-year jail term after attacking his partner should be given no information about their two daughters unless one of them dies, a High Court judge has decided.Mr Justice Keehan was told that the man had been assessed as "high risk" by social workers after mounting a…
Undercover police have been testing hotel staff's success at spotting the potential sexual exploitation of children.Officers have over the past week attempted to check into rooms in London accompanied by young cadets while brandishing bottles of alcohol, refusing to show identification and paying in cash.Scotland Yard hoped staff would spot…
A children’s charity has launched a campaign to double the number of youngsters it supports over the next five years.Children 1st helped 10,000 children and their families last year and aims to dramatically increase this figure by 2023 as demand for its services increases.Its 'Give A Child Their Smile Back'…
A charity has scored a partial victory in the Court of Appeal against the Home Office over its handling of unaccompanied child refugees. Following a challenge by Help Refugees, senior judges ruled that a number of child asylum seekers assessed for transfer to the UK under an amendment moved by…
Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental health, Matt Hancock has revealed. The Health and Social Care Secretary said he was "very worried" as a father by the growing evidence of the detrimental effect on…
A family court judge has complained about a council's "mismanagement" of a case centred on the care of a six-year-old girl. Recorder Carly Henley has published a written ruling in which she criticises a social worker and the social worker's team manager. She said the case was "deeply troubling" and…
Syrian refugee children who use services on both sides of the Irish border could fall victim to a no-deal Brexit, a charity has warned. Youngsters from outside the European Union (EU) or UK and suffering from severe trauma, abuse or substance abuse are cared for at residential homes on an…
A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, problems accessing services and reliance on the use of medication to treat patients, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People…
A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, problems accessing services and reliance on the use of medication to treat patients, the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People…
A toddler whose radicalised British father travelled to Syria to fight for Isis should brought up by a non-Muslim grandmother, a High Court judge has decided. Mrs Justice Gwynneth Knowles, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court, had been told how the girl's parents had left…
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