More than 70% of children’s social workers struggled with caseloads on eve of Covid-19 crisis, survey reveals

More than seven in 10 children’s social workers performing statutory work in England were struggling with their caseloads in the days leading up the the UK government’s first coronavirus-related self-isolation...

Victims’ commissioner backs call to ban unregulated accommodation

The victims’ commissioner for England and Wales has backed calls for the use of unregulated supported accommodation to be banned for 16- and 17-year-olds over concerns children living in such settings are more...

Number of potential modern slavery victims in UK rises by 52%

The number of potential modern slavery victims identified in the UK has risen by 52% in a year to a record high, official figures have revealed. In 2019, 10,627 potential victims of modern slavery were...

Coronavirus: Nearly a million universal credit claims in past two weeks

Nearly a million people have applied for universal credit benefits in the past fortnight as the coronavirus pandemic has worsened. The Department for Work and Pensions said 950,000 successful applications for...

Councils support more homeless young people

The proportion of young people in housing crisis supported by councils rose last year but homelessness cases that were prevented remained low, according to analysis by youth homelessness charity Centrepoint...

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Books for children who are worried or anxious  

The NSPCC Library and Information Service has created a reading list of books for children who are worried or anxious. Our free information service remains open, and can provide reading lists and help you to find information on safeguarding topics...