Fears for children at risk as care order applications fall by a third
Children at risk of abuse or neglect face even greater danger because of a new system designed to cut costs and speed up care proceedings, the Government has been warned.
Man charged over deaths of seven-year-old boy and his disabled sister
A 49-year-old man has been charged in connection with the murders of boy and his disabled sister.
Judge attacks social workers who took ‘abused’ girl, ten, away from parents for no reason
A girl aged ten was taken from her parents by social workers for no reason, a High Court judge has ruled.
Bishop attacks immigrant policy
A senior Catholic bishop yesterday launched an attack on the Government over a “shameful” and “unjust” failure to regularise the position of thousands of long term illegal immigrants in the country.
CCTV boom has failed to slash crime, say police
Massive investment in CCTV cameras to prevent crime in the UK has failed to have a significant impact, despite billions of pounds spent on the new technology, a senior police officer piloting a new database has warned.
Children put in care after drunk holiday couple collapse
A British couple who allegedly got so drunk while on holiday in Portugal that their three children had to be taken into temporary care are “very unlikely” to face neglect charges, a Portuguese judicial source said yesterday.
Straw rejects absconding fears over open prisons
The justice secretary, Jack Straw, yesterday denied a claim by a prison officers’ leader that the public was placed at “massive risk” by dangerous criminals being moved to open prisons.
Self-harm and eating disorders on rise among under-10s
Official figures showing a rise in self-harm and eating disorders among children follow a warning that many youngsters are depressed and obsessed with their appearance.