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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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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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Consultation on family courts launched but vulnerable clients miss out with remote hearings

The President of the Family Division has announced a further consultation on remote and hybrid hearings in the family court.

In April, the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory with the President of the Family Division carried out a rapid consultation on remote hearings in the family court and received feedback from over 1000 parents, carers and professionals. [...]

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UK-wide trauma council launched representing all four nations

A UK-wide Trauma Council to support children who have experienced a traumatic event has been launched representing all four nations of the UK.

The UK Trauma Council brings together 22 leading experts in research, policy and practice from all four nations of the UK. It will drive positive change in the care and support provided to [...]

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County line targeted activity results in 1,551 people engaged for safeguarding purposes

There were 1,551 vulnerable people engaged for safeguarding purposes following a week of concerted activity to tackle county line crimes in September.

Between 14 September and 20 September a week of activity was coordinated by the National County Lines Coordination Centre, which is jointly led by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Crime Agency [...]

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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.

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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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