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Almost 70 suspected squatters have been brought before the courts in the year since it became a crime, figures show.

Return interviews are meant to identify abuse that may cause children to go missing in the first place

Councils 'failing in duty to keep young runaways safe'

Only a quarter of local authorities follow rules on interviewing those who return after going missing

Ofsted and council staff criticised in review into rape of toddler by paedophile nursery worker

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Research shows tail-off in performance at the first state schools granted new status

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The number of children adopted annually in England and Wales rose by almost 10 per cent between 2011 and 2012, official figures published tomorrow show.

In some areas, local health authorities did not receive a single application for a deprivation of a liberty safeguards (DoLS) authorisation

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Mental health charity warns 'fundamental human rights' could be at risk

Knitting group 'barred' from meeting at local library because of 'dangerous needles'

Local authority says the group is too big for new facilities, while councillor condemns the decision

New homes should have bin stores, says Eric Pickles

New homes should be built with storage areas for wheelie bins to end the scourge of “bin-blighted” streets in England, the Communities Secretary has said.

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