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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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Children’s directors call for a resource intensive, long-term approach to working with children and families

At least 12.3bn is needed over the next three years in children’s services to stabilise services and meet increased demand in services, children’s directors have warned.

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has produced a position statement for the Comprehensive Spending Review which states that local government funding has decreased by 50% since 2010 and [...]

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Care Inspectorate in Scotland raises concerns over corporate parenting

The Care Inspectorate in Scotland has raised concerns about community planning partnerships in relation to their responsibilities as corporate parents.

Between 2018 and 2020, the Care Inspectorate led a series of joint inspections of services for children and young people in need of care and protection in community planning partnerships across eight areas in Scotland – [...]

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Money saving initiative launched to reward local authorities

WillisPalmer has launched a money saving scheme in a bid to reward the loyal local authorities which have supported us during the difficult months of lockdown.

Virtually all private organisations experienced extreme challenges both during the months of lockdown and as restrictions started to ease. Many staff were working from home where possible, adhering to government [...]

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More referrals for children than adults regarding modern slavery for first time

There were more referrals to the National Referral Mechanism regarding modern slavery for children than adults for the first time between April and June, government statistics have shown.

In the second quarter of 2020, the NRM received 2,209 referrals of potential victims of modern slavery. This represents a 23% decrease in referrals compared to the preceding [...]

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Committee warns of human rights’ breaches in lockdown

The lockdown regulations have had a huge impact on the rights of millions of people across the country, the joint committee on human rights has warned.

Following an inquiry into the human rights implications of Covid-19 restriction, the committee states that there has been confusion over the status and interpretation of guidance, and the relationship between [...]

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Former pro footballer backs child sexual abuse scheme helping victims get justice

Former professional footballer David Lean has given his backing to a scheme which helps victims of child sexual abuse get justice.

The Child Sexual Abuse Review Panel, which is a joint enterprise between the National Police Chiefs’ Council and Crown Prosecution Service, revisits cases where a victim or survivor feel the decision to take no further [...]

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Survey examines mental health of legal professionals


The mental health of legal professionals is to be assessed through the largest ever study of wellbeing in the sector.

Ahead of World Mental Health Day on 10 October, legal charity LawCare and a group of leading academics are to explore the impact of work culture and working practices on the mental wellbeing of legal professionals.

LawCare [...]

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Young people with depression need targeted educational support before GCSEs


Children suffering with depression would benefit from targeted educational support on the lead up to their GCSEs, researchers have said.

The King’s College London research found that young people who receive a depression diagnosis during their school career show a substantial decline in attainment in Year 11.

Dr Johnny Downs, senior author, Senior Clinical Lecturer (Honorary [...]

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Scottish government publishes Domestic Abuse Bill


Victims and survivors of domestic abuse in Scotland will have greater protection following the publication of The Domestic Abuse (Protection) (Scotland) Bill.

If approved by Parliament, the Bill will provide police and courts with powers to remove suspected abusers from victims’ homes and ban them from re‑entering. The new legislation will also allow social landlords to [...]

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