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A third of 15 to 18-year-olds assessed by a charity are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues.The research from Action for Children suggests that 33% of the 5,000 teenagers surveyed were experiencing problems on a regular basis.Common issues were feeling depressed, restless sleep, struggling to focus their minds…
Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raised concerns over 17-year-old Bethany, who MPs heard also has extreme anxiety, and urged the Government to act to stop vulnerable…
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…
England is lagging behind Europe when it comes to children's health, a new report has claimed. Young people have poorer health outcomes than many comparable wealthy countries, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) warned, and could fall further behind if current trends continue. Projections identify "the danger…
Children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated as they lived in a climate of fear and coercive control at an orphanage run by a religious order, an inquiry has found. Youngsters were hit with implements such as leather straps, crucifixes and a dog’s lead at Smyllum Park orphanage in Lanark,…
An autism school has been left "devastated" after two members of staff were killed in a motorway crash involving a minibus and lorry. Tragedy struck on the M4 on Thursday afternoon as a group from Prior's Court in Berkshire returned to the specialist school after taking three young adults with…
Private nurseries have raised a series of concerns about the Scottish Government’s flagship proposal to expand free childcare. Ministers have promised to increase free nursery provision from the current 600 hours to 1,140 for three and four-year-olds and eligible two-year-olds by 2020, equivalent to about 30 hours a week in…
A family court judge has told of her frustration and outrage after hearing that a place in a specialist secure unit cannot be found for a 16-year-old boy who is at risk because of his links with gangs in south London. Judge Mary Lazarus says an opportunity to help the…
One in 10 children (11%) say they have no one to talk to, or would not talk to anyone in school if they felt worried or sad, a survey has found. The poll of 1,323 schoolchildren aged between 10 and 15 were asked how feeling worried or sad affected their…
A High Court judge has criticised a council over its "atrocious" treatment of a severely traumatised autistic girl who has been kept in hospital because of a delay in finding her suitable accommodation. The 15-year-old, identified in court as R, is thought to be suffering post-traumatic stress disorder after "living…
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