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It is essential that sexually exploited children have the confidence to put their faith in the criminal justice system. This verdict marks an important step forward

Government plans for radical overhaul of family law would do little to help improve lives of vulnerable children, warn charities

Charities warned that Government plans for a radical overhaul of family law including the introduction of shared parental leave would do little to help improve the lives of the most vulnerable children.

The deterioration of workplace schemes will affect millions of pensioners

Julian Knight: Barnardo's pension plan closure will not be the last

The charity's decision to end a career average pension scheme, just a few years after ditching final salary, is a warning to us all

Adoptive parents to be given a 'more active role' in selecting a child, under new Government plans

New support for adoptive parents was unveiled by the Government today in a bid to help find hundreds more volunteers to home 4,000 youngsters on a national register.

Truancy rate 'falls to 5%'

Pupils missed fewer lessons last year as children took less time off sick, official figures suggest.

Warning over care home sexual abuse

Children in care homes are being subjected to sexual abuse of a “violent and sadistic nature”, England's Deputy Children's Commissioner Sue Berelowitz has warned. 

Government aims to clear adoption hurdles

The Government is to legislate to ensure that potential adoptions are not blocked purely because the would-be parents are not the same race as the child, Education Secretary Michael Gove announced today.

Rising bills leave poor families £450 a year short

Rising energy prices have left the poorest families £450 short of being able to adequately heat their homes, a report reveals today. Meanwhile the big freeze in the past two weeks has cost each household in the UK an extra £77 in heating costs.

Mixed doubles: Silvo and Sandy Denny, both Wimbledon-born, in 1967

Johnny Silvo: Folk singer who worked with Sandy Denny

Johnny Silvo was the sort of populist folk singer for whom Britain's folk scene coined the expression "folk entertainer". He was an old-school folkie whose repertoire of folk and folk-blues standards, jazz and blues material chimed with the country's folk scene in the 1960s and 1970s in particular. His name seldom figures in accounts of the subject, except maybe as a marginal note associated with Sandy Denny – the female lead singer of Fairport Convention and Fotheringay and Led Zeppelin IV guest vocalist – through her time singing with the Johnny Silvo Folk Four and their joint album Sandy & Johnny (1967). Silvo's audience, concentrated in Western Europe and Scandinavia, did not care and stayed true to the end.

Child poverty 'to rise for years,' says social mobility advisor Alan Milburn

Child poverty is set to rise "for many years to come" after an "almost certain reverse" in progress to wipe it out, the Government's advisor on social mobility said today.

Terence Blacker: Alarmism that's no help to children

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Barnardo's gives ultimatum to Coalition over asylum-seeker deal

The charity Barnardo's has threatened to pull out of a deal to help operate a "family-friendly" detention centre for failed asylum-seekers, due to open this month, if the Government continues to break its promises on locking up children.

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