Ban smacking children in England and Northern Ireland, say doctors

Parents in England and Northern Ireland should be banned from smacking their children because doing so is unjust, dangerous and harmful, leading doctors have urged ministers. It was “a scandal” that Scotland...

MPs launch call for care leavers to share experience of services

The Education Committee has launched a survey that asks care leavers of all ages about the help they received whilst in care and the types of placements they experienced, such as foster care, kinship...

Childcare in England failing and falling behind much of world, charity says

England’s childcare system is failing and falling behind those of much of the rest of the world, a UK charity for gender equality and women’s rights has said. The Fawcett Society said childcare in England was...

GCSE results for disadvantaged children ‘greatly improved by Sure Start’

Children eligible for free school meals (FSM) who live near a Sure Start centre saw increased performance at GCSE by three grades, six times higher than children not eligible for FSM, new research has found...

Young people ‘distressed’ by frequent police visits at home, research warns

Young people with experience of the criminal justice system say the second most common place for them to see police is at their home, with incidents often involving excessive force from officers. Read the full...

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