WillisPalmer launches Children’s Charter to support vulnerable children

Children who have suffered neglect and abuse during lockdown need identifying and providing with support as a matter of urgency as they return to school.

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Coalition urges commitment for independent care review

The government has been urged to ensure an independent review of the care system delivers meaningful and lasting change for children in and on the edge of care.

A coalition of organisations working with children and families has written an open letter to children and families minister Vicky Ford and called for the [...]

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Blog: Are social workers really ill-equipped to deal with child sexual abuse in families?

It was an alarming read that a joint inspection of local authorities found that local agencies are often woefully ill-equipped to deal with child sex abuse in families.
Professionals have been dealing with intra-familial sexual abuse for decades and to think that their approach was falling short of expectations from key inspectorates was somewhat disturbing.

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Gap in UK legal system allows sex offenders to prey on children abroad

Sex offenders from England and Wales are travelling abroad to abuse children as a result of gaps in the UK's legal system, research by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has found.
Offenders from England and Wales are travelling to commit extensive abuse of children across the world, including in eastern Asia and Africa, [...]

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Special report: JTAI into child sexual abuse in families

Local agencies are often woefully ill-equipped to deal with child sex abuse in families, according to the Inspectorates Ofsted, HMICFRS, Care Quality Commission and HMI Probation.
Children sexually abused by family members are going unseen and unheard in too many cases, while abusers evade justice, the report warned. Efforts to prevent abuse are largely absent, [...]

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Psychiatrists urge social media companies to hand over data for research into mental ill health

Social media firms should be forced to hand over their data to researchers to investigate the benefits and harms of social media use, a report by The Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.
The challenges posed by social media to the mental health of children and young people have exploded in recent times, the RCP [...]

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Three quarters of sexual images on internet feature 11-13 year old girls

More than three quarters of self-generated sexual images or videos of children online features 11 to 13 year old girls, the Internet Watch Foundation has warned.
Self-generated imagery or 'selfies' now account for nearly a third of web pages featuring sexual images of children actioned by the IWF, new data has revealed, as young girls [...]

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Covid Fund launched by charity to support vulnerable children


Buttle UK has established The COVID-19 Direct Emergency Response for Children and Young People Fund to support vulnerable children and young people adversely impacted by the recent COVID-19 crisis.

The charity is now working in partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver £2 million in National Lottery grants to support vulnerable children and young [...]

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Addiction services unable to cope as heavy drinking rises during COVID pandemic


Soaring numbers of people drinking riskily during the COVID-19 pandemic has left addiction services ill equipped to provide treatment and support, the Royal College of Psychiatrists has warned.

The College’s new analysis of Public Health England’s latest data on the indirect effects of Covid-19 found that over 8.4 million people are now drinking at higher risk, [...]

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Families facing financial crisis during bleak winter ahead, warns charity


A ‘worrying new wave’ of families who were just about coping with the pressures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic will be heading for financial crisis, Action for Children has warned.

With winter, the end of furlough and a possible second COVID outbreak looming, thousands of families, already struggling to feed and clothe their children, could be [...]

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