Parents issued school holiday warning

July 21, 2016 0 comments

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Parents should be careful if they leave their children home alone during the summer holidays, a charity has warned. The NSPCC has issued a statement reminding parents that unsupervised children are at a greater risk of accidents and injuries. Last year, the charity received 453 calls from people concerned about children who were left alone…

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Brothers in need of specialist care following neglect

July 18, 2016 0 comments

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Two half-brothers should be taken into care after their troubled mother neglected them, a Judge has ruled. The siblings in question – ‘E’ and ‘F’, were aged five and four at the time of the hearing. They had a younger sister, ‘G’, who was then just one month old. G’s biological father is also the…

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Child cruelty at highest level in 10 years

June 24, 2016 2 comments

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The number of child cruelty and neglect cases is at its highest level for a decade, a charity has claimed. The NSPCC has revealed that 8,506 such offences were recorded by police in 2014-15. This represents a 75 per cent increase since 2005 when only 4,855 instances were reported. These numbers were included in a…

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More than 500 arrested for leaving children alone

March 14, 2016 0 comments

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More than 500 parents were arrested over the course of a year for leaving their children unattended, new figures reveal. The majority of the arrests, from 2014-15, were parents of children ten years old or younger, according to data obtained by the BBC. However there were also arrests made over incidents involving children as young…

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Special guardian ‘spent allowance on drugs and alcohol’

February 16, 2016 0 comments

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A seven month old baby has been returned to foster care after placement with family members which lasted just two weeks. The child, ‘R’, had been in care since his birth. Later the same year, social workers arranged a ‘special guardianship’ placement with his maternal aunt and her husband. The placement officially began on 15…

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Family court unable to explain baby’s injury

December 7, 2015 0 comments

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The family court judge was unable to determine the cause of a skull fracture suffered by a 14 month-old baby girl. In RBW & M v T&T, the injury was discovered by doctors when the toddler was taken to hospital by her mother and great grandmother in July. Earlier that month, social workers from the…

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Number of children at risk on the rise

October 26, 2015 1 comment

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Nearly 50,000 children were the subject of a child protection plans in the 12 months to March. A total of 49,700 plans were drawn up, according to a new statistical bulletin from the Department for Education, compared to 48,300 the previous year. The figures represent a rise of 2.9 per cent in 12 months and…

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