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Ben Fewtrell with Ted Jay, who calls the Rainbow Trust support worker ‘cool’

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Save the Children said its East Africa emergency appeal has become the most successful in the charity's history after Britons donated more than £7 million in six months.

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Students at a school for street working children in north-east Afghanistan, where they are helped to catch up with learning

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Children's pocket money rises by 6 per cent

Children are finally enjoying the end of a pocket-money recession that lasted seven years.

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Hollywood's first couple are rumoured to be walking down the aisle after pressure from their kids.

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Peter Davies of the Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre says more must be done to prevent "localised grooming".

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A report by Salford Children's Safeguarding Board says 12-year-old Tia Rigg's murder shows there are problems with social services but that her death was not 'preventable'.

Let’s talk about sex, baby

A new survery has shown nearly two thirds of parents asked disagreed with sex education being taught in schools ‘even if it is from a young age’.

Newborn girl's body found near path

The body of a newborn baby girl has been discovered in undergrowth close to a footpath.

Tax-free Junior ISA limit set at £3,000

The Treasury has set the yearly contribution limit for its new tax-free children's savings scheme at £3,000. Junior ISAs, the replacement for Labour's Child Trust Funds (CTFs), will be introduced in the autumn but will not include any government contribution.

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