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Nicky Morgan appointed Education Secretary...

Nicky Morgan has been appointed Secretary of State for Education as part of a surprisingly sweeping Cabinet reshuffle that has seen a number of children’s sector ministerial posts change hands. Morgan is a trained solicitor and has been Conservative MP for Loughborough since May 2010.

The former Treasury minister takes over from Michael Gove, who is to become the government’s Chief Whip with responsibility for Conservative Party discipline in the run-up to the 2015 general election.As well as running the Department for Education, Morgan will retain her women and equalities ministerial portfolio, which she took up in April.Her previous government roles have included a junior ministerial role assisting universities and science minister David Willetts, who is also leaving the government as part of the reshuffle. She is also a former assistant government whip. Morgan has been Conservative MP for Loughborough since 2010 and is a qualified solicitor. She has a parliamentary majority of 3,744 votes. Elizabeth Truss is also departing from the DfE after two years as childcare minister

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Progress in production of code for civil claimants of child sexual abuse

26/02/2021

Work is underway for a code to be produced for the benefit of claimants who are bringing civil claims for child sexual abuse.

In its Accountability and Reparations Inquiry , the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse recommended that The International Underwriting Association of London should take the lead in the production of a code [...]

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Bill introduced to see all crimes committed by under-18s dealt with in youth courts

25/02/2021

A bill has been introduced to Parliament which would ensure that all children are dealt with by the youth courts rather than the adult courts if the alleged crime is carried out before the child reaches 18.

Rob Butler, former magistrate in both adult and youth courts, a member of the Youth Justice Board, a non-executive [...]

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Rise in parental drug and alcohol misuse since first lockdown

24/02/2021

The NSPCC has seen a rapid increase in contacts from members of the public that children are being put at risk as a result of parental drug and alcohol misuse.

Since April 2020, the number of people contacting the children’s charity with concerns about drug and alcohol misuse among parents has risen by 66%. Between January [...]

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