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Kent social services struggling to cope with children seeking asylum

Council appeals to Home Office for urgent help with £5.5m funding shortfall as rise of number of under-18s needing foster care more than doubles in year

A dramatic rise has occurred in the number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum as the Calais migrant crisis has unfolded, leaving Kent social services struggling to cope, county council leaders have warned.

Kent county council has appealed to the Home Office and children’s services across the south of England for urgent help with a £5.5m funding shortfall and the “enormous strain” on social services, and for assistance in finding foster places for the children, who are on their own and as young as 12.

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Met police launch inquiry into Kids Company over child abuse claims

Investigation into charity founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh is being led by the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command

Kids Company, one of Britain’s most high-profile children’s charities, is being investigated by the Metropolitan police over allegations involving child abuse and sexual exploitation.

The investigation into staff at the charity, which began on Thursday, is being led by the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command.

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David Cameron vows crackdown on trafficking of Vietnamese children

Fact-finding mission will examine how to stop traffickers in Vietnam, while big UK firms will have to show how they are preventing human slaveryDavid Cameron is to promise a crackdown on the trafficking of Vietnamese children by ordering big British bu…
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Ireland to allow adopted people to get their birth records for first time

Without consent, records will only be released if an adopted person signs a statutory declaration not to contact their birth parent Ireland will allow tens of thousands of adopted people access to their birth certificates for the first time under propo…
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Very premature or underweight babies risk becoming neurotic adults – study

Researchers say such babies, born weighing less than 1,500g or before 32 weeks of pregnancy, are more likely to grow into introverted and risk-averse adults

Children who were born very prematurely or were very underweight at birth are at risk of growing up to become introverted, neurotic and risk-averse adults, according to a new study.

The researchers, publishing in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood, part of the BMJ group, say that adults born with very low birth weight are more likely to have what they describe as a “socially withdrawn personality”. They are easily worried, less socially engaged, less interested in risk-taking, and more rigid and poorer in communication. Their findings, they say, may explain why people born early or underweight are more likely to have difficulties in their career and relationships.

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If China wants more children, it needs to get out of the nation’s bedrooms | Isabel Hilton

Relaxation of the one-child policy hasn’t brought the hoped-for surge in birth rates. It’s just one more unintended consequence of a vast human experiment

When the Chinese writer Xinran set out to interview China’s first generation of only children, she did not know what she would find. The results were startling: she encountered young adults who had been cosseted into helplessness, struggling with the world outside the cocoon, angry and alienated from the older generations who had invested all their hopes and fears in them. Others complained of neglect by parents who were consumed by the struggle to make money in China’s boom years, and who felt little emotional connection to their parents. Most surprisingly, several of them did not want to have children themselves.

It was not a scientific survey, and Xinran does not claim to encompass all the unintended consequences of 35 years of the world’s most draconian and brutally enforced family planning policy. The social and economic impacts are well documented: the world’s most rapidly ageing population, a growing labour shortage, a heavy and unfunded pension burden, an unknown number of undocumented “illegal” children and a gender imbalance of at least 35 million missing women, are the result of selective abortion and infanticide by a population that relied on male children for support in old age and to fulfil the obligation of continuing the line.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses did not report 1,000 child abusers, inquiry hears

Royal commission told witness known as BCG would give evidence that her father’s sexual abuse did not appear to qualify as ‘wrongdoing’ to the church

Elders in the Jehovah’s Witnesses forced a girl to confront her father who was abusing her, and who blamed her for seducing him.

The elders were friends of her father who was a highly regarded member of the church, which likes to keep its members isolated from the rest of society, a royal commission has been told.

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Black and minority ethnic Britons ‘worse off’ after budget

Thinktank says minorities twice as likely as white people to lose out from George Osborne’s benefit cuts

The Conservative budget risks widening Britain’s racial divide by making millions of minority ethnic people poorer at a faster rate than their white counterparts, a study has found.

Four million black and minority ethnic people could be left with less income with one of the worst affected groups being British Muslims, a report by the Runnymede Trust says.

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May dodges questions about MI5 failure to act on MP paedophile fears

Home secretary refuses to say whether she asked security service about why it did not follow up suspicions that MP had ‘penchant for small boys’

Theresa May has refused to say whether she asked MI5 about why it failed to act on suspicions that a senior MP was a paedophile.

The home secretary – responsible for the domestic security service – ducked questions about the disclosure that the security services feared an unnamed MP had “a penchant for small boys” but accepted his denials, apparently because it feared causing political embarrassment to Margaret Thatcher’s government.

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