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Mental health services for young people ‘buckling under pressure’

The system for supporting children and young people with mental health problems is “buckling under pressure”, the former children’s commissioner has warned.

Anne Longfield, chair Commission for Young Lives

The Commission on Young Lives, chaired by Anne Longfield, alongside the leading thinktank Centre for Mental Health, and the Children and Young People's Mental Health Coalition has [...]

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Cost- of-living crisis acts as barrier to abuse victims leaving perpetrators

The cost-of-living crisis is creating further barriers for victims of domestic abuse to leave the perpetrators, the charity Refuge has warned.

73% of Refuge’s frontline staff said that the cost-of-living crisis is increasing barriers to leaving a perpetrator, and some frontline workers report that women have returned to perpetrators as they cannot afford to live [...]

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Online grooming rises by 80% in four years

Online grooming crimes recorded by the police continue to rise and have jumped by more than 80% in four years, according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.

Record levels of online grooming were reached during the pandemic, and have not subsided and have in fact risen, meaning there may be a long-term increase in risk.

Sir [...]

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Domestic abuse victims will no longer be cross-examined by alleged perpetrators

Victims of domestic abuse will no longer have to face the trauma of being cross-examined by their alleged attackers in family and civil courts, the government has announced.

Instead, a court-appointed legal professional will carry out the cross-examination to ensure that justice continues to be done fairly for both sides. Hundreds of lawyers have already [...]

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Home-based learning limits peer support and development opportunities for social workers

Home-based working, introduced in response to the pandemic and which still operates in many areas, limits peer support and learning and development opportunities for social workers and other staff, a report by Ofsted has found.

The inspectorate outlines how face-to-face interaction with colleagues is particularly important for newly qualified social workers, who have mainly operated [...]

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Mother charged with infanticide of 10-week-old daughter Lily-Mai Saint George

The mother of Lily-Mai Saint George has been found guilty of the infanticide of her 10-week-old daughter.

Lauren Saint George

Lauren Saint-George was found not guilty of murder and manslaughter. Darren Hurrell, who had stood trial alongside Lauren Saint-George, was found not guilty of all charges. It has been widely reported that Lauren saint-George was suffering [...]

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Half of foster carers consider giving up role due to cost of living crisis


Over half of foster carer respondents to a recent survey said they are considering giving up fostering due to the impact of the cost of living crisis.

More than 1,000 foster carers took part in the FosterWiki cost of living crisis survey and 89% said they are having to cut back on money spent on [...]

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Children’s minister pledges to capture good news stories of social work


The new children’s minister has pledged to capture the good news stories happening in social work every day.

In a Parliamentary discussion, Brendan Clarke-Smith said that children’s social care is central to the government’s aim to level up the country and enable all children to make the most of their abilities.

“I was in Worksop in [...]

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Permanent exclusions from school halve in two years


The number of permanent exclusions has halved in two years, Department for Education figures reveal.

There were 3,900 permanent exclusions in the 2020/21 academic year, more than 1,000 permanent exclusions lower than in the 2019/20 academic year when there were 5,100 permanent exclusions and around half the number of permanent exclusions in the last full [...]

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