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‘County-lines gangs fuelling’ child slavery rise

[ad_1] There has been an eightfold increase in the number of child victims of modern slavery referred by local councils in England for support.National Crime Agency figures reveal the number of children earmarked for help grew from 127 in 2014 to 1,152 last year - an increase of 807%.Town hall bosses say the increase has been fuelled by the growing of issue "county-lines" drug gangs.Councils receive no specific funding for
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Birmingham LGBT teaching protester criticises ‘imam’s’ claims

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Media Image caption Shakeel Afsar is one of three named on an interim injunction which stops protests directly outside school gates A man leading protests against primary school LGBT teaching in Birmingham has criticised a fellow campaigner for his language during one of the rallies. A High Court hearing was told the man, referred to as the "imam from Batley", shouted "there are paedophiles in there",
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More children caught bringing knives into school

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Media More than a thousand children were caught with weapons in school last year, according to a survey of 29 police forces in England and Wales.The weapons included knives, blades, knuckledusters and a Taser stun gun, the Press Association survey found.The children included a 14-year-old with a sword and a four-year-old with an unnamed weapon.Head teachers' leader Geoff Barton said the findings were "grim but unsurprising".The
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Child gambling a ‘growing problem’ – study

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Two-fifths of 11- to 16-year-olds have gambled in the past year, research suggests. Playing fruit machines was the most popular form of gambling, followed by playing cards for money with friends and scratch cards. Placing a private bet among friends and buying Lotto tickets were also among the top gambling activities.The Cardiff University research says gambling is an growing problem and more must be done
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Home education a ‘huge undertaking for parents’ – Ofsted

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Home education for many families is not a preferred choice but a last resort amid a breakdown in relationships with schools, Ofsted inspectors have warned.Research by Ofsted found special needs, problems with a child's behaviour or wellbeing were the most common reasons.England's schools watchdog says parents need better advice about the cost and responsibilities of home educating and should be made aware of alternatives. The
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Career ambitions ‘already limited by age of seven’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images By the age of seven, children are already facing limits on their future aspirations in work, according to a report from the OECD international economics think tank.Andreas Schleicher, the OECD's director of education and skills, says "talent is being wasted" because of ingrained stereotyping about social background, gender and race.He is backing a project from the Education and Employers careers charity to give children a
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More families needed for children awaiting adoption

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images More than twice as many children in England are waiting to be adopted as there are families willing to adopt, campaigners are warning.There are 4,140 children who have been recommended for adoption, the latest figures, from the Adoption and Special Guardianship Leadership Board, show.By comparison, there are about 1,700 families approved to adopt and waiting to be matched with children.The government says it is focusing
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Royal National College for the Blind threatened by financial crisis

[ad_1] One of the country's most historic educational centres for young blind people is warning that financial pressures are threatening its survival. The Royal National College for the Blind, which has operated for almost 150 years, says without extra funding it will cease to be sustainable.Lucy Proctor, chief executive of the college's charitable trust, has blamed a squeeze on special-needs budgets.But the government is promising a £700m increase for special
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Student mental health: ‘You’d seek help for a broken leg’

[ad_1] Lucinda Graham has experienced various challenges with her mental health. During her time at university, the effects increased to an extent that she felt unable to leave her home for days. The 23-year-old recent fashion graduate, from County Down, is passionate about encouraging others having a difficult time to speak out and get help.Queen's University and Ulster University and their students' unions are working together to help students access
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How women students put a rocket up Cambridge

[ad_1] Image caption A penny rocket firework thrown at women campaigning in 1897 to be able to graduate from Cambridge University Women's long struggle to gain fair access to university is commemorated in an exhibition opening next week at the University of Cambridge library.What's most shocking, perhaps, is that it's all so relatively recent - with women not allowed to graduate from Cambridge on equal terms until 1948.For teenagers currently