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A woman who wanted to stop medics giving her 13-year-old autistic son an antipsychotic drug has lost a family court fight. The teenager, who has a severe learning disability, was living in a specialist residential unit and had been placed in the care of council social services bosses, a judge…
International organisations funded by the Scottish Government have been asked to give assurances over their policies to protect the vulnerable. It comes in the wake of the Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal. The charity has been accused of concealing the findings of an inquiry into claims staff used prostitutes while delivering…
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…
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