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One in five adults experienced child abuse before age 16

One in five adults aged between 18 and 74 years old experienced at least one form of child abuse before the age of 16, a report by the Office for National Statistics has found.
Figures taken from The Crime Survey for England and Wales estimated that this equates to 8.5 million people experiencing emotional, physical [...]

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Technique launched to identify online groomers

A new technique designed to identify and block conversations between sexual predators and children has been launched by the Home Office and Microsoft.

The new technique which uses artificial intelligence will flag conversations which could be taking place between groomers and children and pass on the details of the flagged conversations to the relevant law enforcement [...]

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Perpetrators of sexual abuse had easy access to children in residential care

Perpetrators of sexual abuse had "easy access" to children in residential care, a report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has found.
The report, based on what victims and survivors have shared with the Truth Project about their experiences of child sexual abuse and the institutional context in which it occurred, highlighted that [...]

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Special Report: The 'acute pain and stress' of removing newborn babies at birth revealed

When a baby is removed from their families at birth for care proceedings, it causes "acute pain and stress" to everyone involved from families to professionals, an evidence and case law review published by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has found.
The number of newborn babies who are subject to care proceedings in England and [...]

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4,000 online child abuse offences on Facebook apps

Facebook apps were used in more than 4,000 instances of child abuse image and online sexual offences last year.
Freedom of Information requests from 32 UK police forces revealed that Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were used in child abuse image and online child sexual offences last year an average of 11 times a day.
The [...]

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Thousands of sex offenders released under investigation following law changes

Senior lawyers have warned that a major scandal is brewing after it emerged that thousands of suspected violent criminals and sex offenders have been released under investigation.

An investigation by Newsnight showed that 93,000 suspected violent criminals and sex offenders have been released under investigation following law changes in 2017.
A Law Society review published earlier this [...]

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Health, education and welfare systems ‘failing vulnerable young people’

21/10/2020

The national welfare, health, education and housing systems are failing the most vulnerable young people, said the founder of the organisation tasked with running the first secure school.

The Sentencing Bill White Paper from the Ministry of Justice commits the government to opening the first secure school, which will replace a youth jail, in Kent in [...]

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YoungMinds calls for funding to provide wellbeing and mental health support in schools

18/10/2020

More than 60 per cent of young people with mental health have found their mental health worsening since they have returned to school, according to a survey by YoungMinds.

A survey of 2,011 11-18 year olds with a history of mental health needs for the children and young people’s mental health charity found that only 27% [...]

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WillisPalmer is recruiting new professionals

17/10/2020

WillisPalmer has appointed a new Consultant Social Worker Lucy Hopkins whose main focus with us will be recruiting new professionals to add to our already skilled and expert network of 300 plus professionals.

Lucy has 11 years post-qualifying experience and worked in child protection and family support at Essex Council before becoming a family court adviser [...]

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