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Lifeguards ‘get more child protection training than teachers, doctors and social workers’

25th May, 2022 10:10 am

Child advocacy campaigners want teachers to get compulsory abuse recognition training and to sharpen the Children’s Act so that it is “feared” like health and safety laws. Stuff approached a number of leading child advocates, political figures and people involved in the education sector after revealing that teachers and daycare staff have no legal obligation to pass on their fears to agencies. That... View Article

Woman found guilty of murdering baby she was in the process of adopting

23rd May, 2022 2:36 pm

ENGLAND (TND) — A woman in the United Kingdom has been found guilty of murdering a 13-month-old boy who she was in the process of adopting, multiple British reports say. Laura Castle, 38, lost her temper and violently shook Leiland-James Corkill to death due to the infant’s crying in Jan. 2021, according to the BBC. Scott Castle, Laura’s husband, has reportedly been... View Article

Herefordshire Council: Boy housed with sex offender by social worker

23rd May, 2022 2:33 pm

A 12-year-old boy was driven almost 200 miles and housed with a sex offender by a social worker at an under-fire council, the BBC has learned. The child was taken from his home in Herefordshire to stay with a relative in Bradford whose partner had admitted touching a young girl in 1991. The boy, now an adult, said he had... View Article

Jake Daniels: Blackpool player says coming out will allow him to be ‘free’ and ‘confident’

23rd May, 2022 12:37 pm

Blackpool’s Jake Daniels said his decision to come out as the UK’s only openly gay active male professional footballer would allow him to be “free and confident”. The Championship club forward is the first professional in the UK men’s game for more than 30 years to come out while still playing. Speaking to Sky Sports, the 17-year-old said: “Now is... View Article

Google new teachers to improve safeguarding, says Government

23rd May, 2022 12:13 pm

Schools should use their “professional curiosity” when recruiting new teachers and staff members and use search engines as “another tool” to find out whether candidates are suitable, the Government has said. In a response to a consultation on safeguarding in schools, the Government said this would boost procedures in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard. It said that “on the back... View Article

Overhaul of children’s social care in England urgent and unavoidable, review finds

23rd May, 2022 8:49 am

Root-and-branch review calls for five-year, £2.6bn programme to reform a system that is under ‘extreme stress’ An urgent multibillion-pound overhaul of children’s social care in England is needed to transform the life chances of thousands of vulnerable young people and reform a system that is spiralling out of control, a government-commissioned review has concluded. The author of the report, Josh... View Article

Record 420,000 children a month in England treated for mental health problems

23rd May, 2022 7:58 am

Experts say many others are denied help, and ‘relentless’ rise in demand could overwhelm NHS More than 400,000 children and young people a month are being treated for mental health problems – the highest number on record – prompting warnings of an unprecedented crisis in the wellbeing of under-18s. Experts say Covid-19 has seriously exacerbated problems such as anxiety, depression... View Article

Plea for equality law to protect children in care

23rd May, 2022 7:50 am

Children in care should receive protection under the Equality Act in the same way as race and sexuality to tackle the stigma and discrimination they face in life, a landmark review recommends. The once-in-a-generation children’s social care review, published today, calls on the UK to be the first in the world to make care experience a protected characteristic, and to... View Article