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Project urges children's voices to be included in care records

Children's voices are being omitted from their care records, according to research.
A collaborative research project led by UCL with the Care Leaver’s Association and the charity Family Action found that the voices of the children and young people who lived in social care were often entirely missing from their own records.
Furthermore, this caused [...]

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Childline has 16% increase in calls about CSE

There has been a 16 per cent rise in the number of counselling sessions Childline has carried out on the issue of child sexual exploitation, it has emerged.
The Annual Review reveals that Childline carried out 4,500 counselling sessions around child sexual exploitation in 2018-19 which is a 16 per cent rise on 2017-18. This [...]

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More needs to be done to protect young people from online sexual harm

Nine out of 10 school pupils believe it is their own responsibility to keep themselves safe online, according to new research on behalf of the independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
This belief can lead to harmful feelings of guilt and self-blame in the event of abuse, and also stop children from seeking the help [...]

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Survivors of sexual abuse have social care records destroyed or doctored

Victims and survivors of child sexual abuse have had their social care records destroyed, hidden and doctored, it has emerged.
The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse has already heard from victims and survivors who struggled to access their medical, care or social services records and the Inquiry’s Victims and Survivors Forum is holding a [...]

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Care applications drop but proceedings duration hits six year high

The number of care applications made to Cafcass continues to fall, official statistics have revealed.
There were 1,000 care applications made in September 2019, down from 1,095 in August 2019. The 1,000 figure is also 5.8% lower than September 2018 when there were 1,062 care applications made.
So far this financial year since April 2019, [...]

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Child abuse victims and survivors feel stereotyped after disclosure

More than three quarters of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse believe they were stereotyped after speaking out about their abuse.
Based on a poll of 116 survivors from the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse Victims and Survivors Forum, new statistics found that more than half did not report the abuse because of [...]

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Young people at heart of Scottish Government’s mental health plan amid COVID-19

14/10/2020

Children and young people are the focus of a new plan in Scotland to help tackle the psychological impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The new plan, which builds on innovations and new service designs that have emerged in response to the pandemic, such as the ‘Clear Your Head’ campaign, the expansion of digital services [...]

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Scottish government must invest in family support without delay, say charities

14/10/2020

Children’s charities in Scotland are urging the Scottish government to invest in family support immediately after years of austerity has impacted on vulnerable families.

A report by the charities, ‘Challenges from the Frontline – Revisited,’ highlights the devastating impact of the rollout of welfare reform on children and their families and the effects of local government [...]

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Lifestyle judgements made about prospective adopters need to stop, says Williamson

14/10/2020

“Too many lifestyle judgements” are made on potential adopters resulting in too few adoptive parents to go around, the education secretary has warned.

Gavin Williamson said that an overly bureaucratic system that places too high a burden on parents who want to adopt is making it harder for people who want to give a child a [...]

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