Today: Rise in number of children reporting sexual assaults by women to Childline; BBC West Midlands investigates parents with learning disabilities fighting to keep their children.
- Childline has seen a large rise in the number of children reporting sexual assaults by women. Following on from the case of nursery worker Vanessa George who was convicted of sexually assulting children in her care, the helpline has seen a 132 per cent rise in the number of similar assaults reported.
- BBC1 in the West Midlands is tonight screening an Inside Out investigation “Christine’s Story” exploring the issue of parents with learning disabilities are more likely to have their children taken into care. A whistleblower from Birmingham’s child protection services claims once a child has been removed from a parent with a learning disability, the removal of the family’s next child is “virtually automatic”.