‘Harrowing’ rise in child harm drives pleas for more funding

Support us and go ad-free Council-reported incidents of child harm increased by nearly a fifth over the last year, prompting calls for more funding for children’s services. The Local Government Association (LGA) found there were 536 notifications of child-related serious incidents during 2020/2021. This is a 19% increase from 2019/2020 Child death related notices also …
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Government urged to scrap two-child limit benefits policy to tackle child poverty

Support us and go ad-free The government’s two-child limit benefits policy should be scrapped and families given more help if it is to tackle child poverty, a new report recommends. The Social Mobility Commission (SMC) is calling for a shake-up of the child welfare system and for extra funding to help disadvantaged pupils whose education …
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Sheikh Jarrah forced eviction protests rage as Israeli soldiers kill another Palestinian child

On 5 May, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 16-year-old Palestinian Saeed Odeh in Nablus. The extrajudicial killing comes as Israeli forces continue to injure and arrest Palestinians protesting the forced evictions of families in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem. The extrajudicial killing of young Saeed Odeh Odeh was on a walk with his friend when Israeli soldiers shot …
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US passes stimulus bill that puts UK efforts to tackle child poverty to shame

The US government has passed a £1.9tn coronavirus (Covid-19) recovery plan that has the potential to cut child poverty in the US in half. The American Rescue Plan, which passed through the senate without any Republican support, expands tax credits and food aid, with a particular focus on families. It is the largest aid package …
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A child poverty investigation wants to hear from you

A parliamentary committee is running an inquiry into child poverty. And it wants to hear people’s voices on the issue. It may seem like the committee wants to hear from professionals, but this can also involve people who’ve actually lived through child poverty. Child poverty: out of control? The Canary has previously written about child …
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The government can’t keep ignoring England’s scandalous child poverty crisis

The children’s commissioner for England Anne Longfield has warned that if the government fails to take urgent action, one in three children will be living in poverty by 2024. According to the commissioner, child poverty will continue to rise “unless the Government commits to a bold, broad response”. Millions of children living in poverty Today, …
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Government defeated over child spy law

Peers have forced through an amendment to the spycops bill to curtail the use of child spies by the police and security services. The amendment put by lady Beeban Kidron passed by 339 votes to 235. It will ban the use of under-18s as informants by organisations like MI5 and the police except in exceptional …
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Coroner rules air pollution played a part in the death of a nine-year-old child

Air pollution has been recorded as a medical cause of death of a nine-year-old girl who suffered a fatal asthma attack. Ella Kissi-Debrah is believed to be the first person in the UK to have air pollution listed as the cause of death on their death certificate, following the ruling by a coroner at a …
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Mother whose child died of asthma calls for education on air pollution

The mother of a girl who died following a chronic asthma attack has said she would have moved house immediately had she known the effects of dangerous levels of air pollution on her daughter’s health. Nine-year-old Ella Kissi-Debrah died in February 2013 after suffering numerous seizures and making almost 30 visits to hospital with breathing …
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Soldiers deploy teargas at the funeral for a Palestinian child shot dead by Israeli forces

Clashes have erupted between Israeli security forces and Palestinians at the funeral of a 13-year-old boy killed by Israeli gunfire in the occupied West Bank. Hundreds of Palestinians had gathered to mourn the death of Ali Abu Alia in Almugayer village, where he was shot in the stomach by Israeli forces. He died in hospital …
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