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A couple who complained about their child being taken from them and handed to adopters even though a cruelty prosecution had been abandoned were not the victims of a miscarriage of justice, a leading judge has concluded after a review.Karrissa Cox and former soldier Richard Carter, who are in their…
A social worker appointed to represent the interests of two children at the centre of complex family court litigation has come under fire from a senior judge.Kailash Chudasama had acted as the children's "guardian" and been appointed by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) - whose…
Two fifths of health visitors fear that they are "so stretched" that avoidable tragedies involving children could occur, a new poll suggests.A new poll of 1,200 health visitors in England found that 43% were concerned tragedies could occur because a vulnerable child would not be identified until it was too…
A woman who three years ago left her home in Wales when four months pregnant and travelled to Ireland after social workers raised safety concerns has had her son taken from her care.Staff at the Child and Family Agency in Ireland had also become concerned about the boy's safety after…
Council bosses are to pay for a deep clean of a couple's home after concerns were raised about the conditions a toddler was living in.The child lives with relatives, and social workers had considered asking a family court judge to place the youngster for adoption.But social services bosses have drawn…
Council lawyers have halted a bid to jail a man alleged to have breached orders relating to his children after a family court judge complained of incompetence.Judge Gareth Jones said lawyers representing social services bosses had made at least six procedural errors when stating the case against the man.He said…
A failed asylum seeker who is facing expulsion from Britain even though a family court judge has decided that her nine-year-old daughter could be subjected to female genital mutilation if taken abroad is waiting for a senior judge to make decisions about her future.Detail of the case emerged recently following…
A police force has removed an "insulting" child sexual exploitation campaign from social media after accusations of victim blaming.North Yorkshire Police posted a series of images on social media as part of a new campaign to target child sexual exploitation.The posts, which have been removed, included messages such as: "Which…
Thousands of child refugees should be allowed into Britain to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport rescue scheme, peers have been told.Labour's Lord Dubs said 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be given a home at the rate of 1,000 a year.The peer, who came to Britain on the Kindertransport…
The UK will provide £50 million of aid funding to tackle the brutal practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) across Africa.The package will help support a movement to end FGM and support vulnerable girls in some of the world's poorest countries.The money - which officials said was the biggest single…
Only a "small fraction" of children who need mental health support were able to access services last year, the Children's Commissioner for England has said, as she called for every school to have an NHS counsellor available for pupils.A new report by the champion for young people has laid bare…
Addressing childhood adversity and trauma should be a national public health priority, Labour has said.Shadow health secretary Jonathan Ashworth said action was needed because around half of adults in England had endured Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).He said ACEs include verbal and physical abuse, emotional neglect, household domestic violence and substance…
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