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Child marriage: one in three women wed before 15th birthday

Girl Summit tackles female genital mutilation and child marriage, as Unicef warns 280 million girls could be brides before 18More than 700 million women worldwide were married as children, with one in three of them married before their 15th birthday, a…
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Coalition not ruling out changes to guarantee child support payments

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Online child abuse image investigations rise fivefold in a year, says ACMA

Communications watchdog says jump more likely to be result of greater awareness of hotline than corresponding jump in abuse Continue reading…
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Police investigate historical sex abuse claims against Lord Tonypandy

South Wales police look into allegations against late Labour peer dating back to 1960s and 1970sPolice are investigating historical sex abuse allegations made against Labour peer Lord Tonypandy involving a nine-year-old boy.South Wales police confirmed…
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Child brides: crackdown on marriages to appease gods and settle debts

International Girl Summit kicks off in London next week with ambitious aim of ending child marriage within a generation

In Ethiopia, girls are abducted on their way to school, raped and then married to their captors; in Ghana, they are married to traditional priests and become “slaves to the gods” to pay for their family’s sins; and in Cameroon, girls are promised in marriage to settle debts while still in the womb.

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Thinktank proposes cap on child benefit to cut welfare spending

Policy Exchange claim limiting child benefit to four children per household could save around £1bn per parliament

Child benefit should be limited to four children per household and reduced to bring down welfare spending, according to a report from Policy Exchange. Researchers for the thinktank argued that this can be justified because the arrival of a first child tends to have the biggest impact on family finances, and say the move could save around £1bn over the course of a parliament.

Many proposals by Policy Exchange, founded by a group including ministers Michael Gove, Francis Maude and Nick Boles, have found their way into Conservative manifestos in the past.

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How auditory-verbal therapy is helping deaf children communicate

Families hail the success of a programme involving cochlear implants that enable children to hear. But its use remains controversial

Being told their daughter, Alice, had a rare hearing disorder was devastating to Chris and Claire Campbell. Even more upsetting was being told she might need lifelong help. Alice had been diagnosed with auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD), a condition affecting how sound is transmitted from the inner ear to the brain and the ability to understand speech. Alice, however, has confounded the audiologist’s prediction: she is at a mainstream school and learning music alongside other six-year-olds, and has language skills beyond what is considered “age-appropriate” for a hearing-impaired child.

Her parents put this success down to auditory-verbal therapy (AVT). Alice began AVT after she was fitted with a cochlear implant a small electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf. AVT is an intensive play-based method using residual hearing to pick up speech sounds for learning spoken language.

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