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Baby P effect takes children in care numbers to 25-year high, says NAO

Local authorities in England were looking after 68,110 children in March 2013 – a 14% increase since 2008

The number of children in care has risen to its highest level for nearly 25 years following the death of Baby P and recent child sex exploitation scandals, the government’s spending watchdog has found.

Local authorities in England were looking after 68,110 children in March 2013 – a 14% increase since 2008, a report by the National Audit Office (NAO) said.

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‘We must stop learning disabled people being dumped in waste bins of life’

As a new report paves the way for the closure of Winterbourne-View-style units, where 2,600 people with learning disabilities are being treated, their families are fighting to bring them home

Every morning, 17-year-old Tianze Ni crosses off another day on his calendar at the Middlesborough hospital unit where he has lived for the last six months, 200 miles away from his family in Fife, Scotland.

In Northampton, 19-year-old Stephen Andrade-Martinez has spent a year-and-a-half in a similar special unit, 80 miles from his London home. His parents visit once a week – by appointment only – for a maximum of two hours.

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Tesco hides newspaper covers to stop children seeing ‘sexualised pictures’

Supermarket to only show names and logos on stands after pressure by campaign groups No More Page 3 and Child Eyes

Supermarket Tesco will no longer show the front covers of tabloid newspapers to avoid children seeing “sexualised pictures of young women”.

After months of lobbying by campaign groups No More Page 3 and Child Eyes, the largest supermarket chain in the UK said it would change the design of its “news cube” stands so newspapers will not be displayed vertically.

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