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Victims of trafficking who are pregnant or have children are ‘systematically overlooked’ in the UK’s anti-trafficking response, according to a new report by the Anti-Trafficking Monitoring Group (ATMG), a coalition of tw ...
"Air pollution is contributing to about 40,000 early deaths a year in the UK," BBC News reports. This 'Behind the headlines' article examines the evidence behind this report.
More than seven million children live in families facing a four-year freeze to their benefits, research by The Children’s Society has revealed.
Close to 200,000 initial child protection assessments during 2014/15 involved domestic violence as an identifiable factor, the government has said.
Young people in custody are increasingly placing themselves in danger by climbing onto railings and “anti-suicide” netting, it has emerged.
Maternity services in England must become safer, more personalised, kinder, professional and more family-friendly. That’s the vision of the National Maternity Review which has published its recommendations for how servic ...
In a specially commissioned survey, 1 in 5 (22%) women in the UK reported some experience of sexual touching, groping, flashing, sexual assault or rape whilst they were in or around school.
A leading child health specialist has questioned whether England's NHS 111 helpline is safe and effective for young children.
Five charities representing children in care and care leavers are joining together to connect and support these young people to shape policy and effect change across the UK and Ireland.
A 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks could reduce obesity rates in the UK by five per cent by 2025 - equal to 3.7 million fewer obese people - according to a new report from Cancer Research UK and the UK Health Forum.
"Brazilian study boosts theory that Zika causes birth defect," The Guardian reports. This 'Behind the headlines' article examines the evidence behind this report.
This is the latest newsletter from MBRRACE-UK, the collaboration appointed by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) to continue the national programme of work investigating maternal deaths, stillbirths an ...
A survey by NDNA has revealed that fewer than half of nurseries are likely to offer places to meet forthcoming demand created by the Government’s flagship free childcare scheme.
Children with poor language skills at age five are significantly more likely to struggle with maths at age 11, a study for Save the Children suggests.
A £1.5 million fund driven by young people to help them develop support networks and talk about mental health, with online advice and workshops to help set them up, has been announced.
Eight-year-olds in England are less happy than those in Estonia, Poland and Turkey, a survey suggests, with body image and school identified as areas they are particularly troubled by.
One in five children using the Internet has viewed online pornography, government analysis has revealed as ministers pledged to stop adult sites making money unless they check the age of visitors.
A report on the challenges of being young in modern Britain showed questions about being too fat or not attractive enough was of great concern for youngsters, only behind not having a job or not finishing school.
The NHS in England has committed to the biggest transformation of mental health care across the NHS in a generation, pledging to help more than a million extra people and investing more than a billion pounds a year by 20 ...
There's been a rise in teenage girls deliberately poisoning themselves as a type of self-harm, say doctors.
Children who text intimate photographs of themselves to friends will no longer face prosecution and the possible lifelong effects of a criminal record under plans for new guidance on how to deal with so-called sexting, a ...
A new national helpline will be run by the NSPCC and provide advice to employees who feel unable to raise concerns about suspected child abuse internally.
Numbers of children held in custody have fallen to a new low, latest figures have shown.
The Immigration Minister hosted an event for NGOs and local authorities to discuss support for unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) impacted by the ongoing migrant situation.
Official assessments of four-year-olds in England are unreliable and disrupt the early days of school when children should be settling in, a report says.
The Government have said they will consider bringing back free milk in schools in a bid to boost children's health.
England's education secretary has rejected MPs' calls to make sex-and-relationship education compulsory in all schools, infuriating campaigners.
Nearly half of parents of children diagnosed with cancer surveyed by charity CLIC Sargent felt their worries about their child’s health were ignored by GPs.
The number of children referred to the NHS with gender identity issues has increased significantly in recent years, according to figures obtained by the BBC.
Increasing numbers of care leavers are being placed in “unsuitable accommodation”, it has emerged.
The number of children diagnosed with mental illnesses has more than doubled in five years and cases of intentional self-harm have also surged.
"Babies given paracetamol are nearly a third more likely to develop asthma," the Mail Online reports. This 'Behind the headlines' article examines the evidence behind this report.
Safer Internet Day 2016 took place on the 9th February with the theme 'Play your part for a better internet'.
More than three-quarters of children aged 10 to 12 in the UK have social media accounts, even though they are below the age limit, a survey suggests.
As part of his review of youth justice, Charlie Taylor - child behavioural expert and former head teacher - has recommended that young offenders should serve their sentences in secure schools rather than youth prisons.
The value and impact youth work has on young people's lives is to be investigated in a Europe-wide study, it has been announced.
Children's untreated mental health issues could spiral into psychiatric problems later in life unless more is done in schools, say head teachers.
This blog post discusses e-Bug, a free health education resource which aims to reduce antibiotic resistance by helping children and young people understand infections and antibiotic use.
The Prime Minister has called for an urgent rethink of how prisons handle pregnant women, after figures emerged stating 100 babies last year have been living inside a prison with their mother following birth.
Public health minister Jane Ellison has launched an FGM prevention week of action and is urging health and care professionals to help prevent FGM.
Mental health services will be developed to provide specialised support for victims of female genital mutilation in England.
Q&As related to Zika virus and pregnancy from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG).
The government has announced a ‘rapid response’ call for research applications aimed at tackling the risk posed by the Zika virus.
The Mayor of London has launched London’s first city-wide programme to help vulnerable young people to turn their backs on gangs and transform their lives, with specialised one to one mentoring and support.
"Teenage girls who get their five-a-day cut breast cancer risk by up to 25 per cent," the Daily Mirror reports. This 'Behind the headlines' article examines the evidence behind this report.
Thousands of children seeking asylum in the UK are being denied access to education, according to organisations who work with refugees.
Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced £13 million, which will allow councils across the country to deliver 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of 3- and 4-year-olds a year ahead of schedule.
The Chair of the soon-to-be-published National Maternity Review explains how it will transform care for women, babies and their families across the country.
Barnardo’s has seen a dramatic rise in sexually exploited children who they have been supporting.
WHO is calling on governments to rate movies that portray tobacco use in a bid to prevent children and adolescents from starting to smoke cigarettes and use other forms of tobacco.