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Warning over cost of caring for young asylum seekers

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Councils say they are struggling to cope with the cost of young migrants who reach the UK The cost to councils in England of looking after rising numbers of child asylum seekers has almost doubled in four years, the Local Government Association (LGA) says.It says the annual cost of providing accommodation and care for these young asylum seekers has now risen to £152m.And
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Brexit ‘could risk children’s safety’, warn commissioners

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Children's safety could be put at risk if the UK leaves the EU without proper plans for child protection, the UK's four children's commissioners warn.Child abuse, exploitation, abduction and how family law matters are dealt with if a child has one parent from the EU, are all "immediate issues".They also raise concerns about vetting for EU staff working with children.In a letter to Stephen Barclay,
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Nephew, 5, inspires hairdresser’s Spargoland ‘sensory’ salon

[ad_1] A hairdresser has told how his five-year-old nephew, who was born with cerebral palsy, inspired him to create a salon in Essex for people with different disabilities. Oscar, from Wickford, suffered brain damage at birth and needs full-time support and care. His uncle Ian Marshall, from Brentwood, Essex, decided to start Spargoland, a salon for people with autism, learning and physical disabilities, which has since won an award. Oscar's
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Forced marriage: Union warns over ‘criminalising’ teachers

[ad_1] Image caption Amanda Brown says a longer-term approach must be taken, rather than mandatory reporting The UK's largest teachers' union has warned government not to introduce measures that would make teaching staff criminally responsible for failing to report the forced marriage of a pupil. A Home Office consultation is exploring such proposals for teachers, health workers and social workers.But the National Education Union (NEU) said it "raises the stakes"
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New curriculum: More school inspections from 2021

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The National Education Union Cymru is concerned about the proposals Schools will be inspected more often from September 2021 to give assurances on standards as the new curriculum is rolled out.Under the proposals, Estyn inspectors would visit schools at least twice within a seven-year cycle.The new system would start after a one-year pause in inspections from September 2020 to August 2021 to allow
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Will universities go bust if fees are cut?

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There's a growing expectation that the review of student finance in England, headed by the financier Philip Augar, is going to recommend a cut in tuition fees.The first figure floated, £6,500, seems to have drifted up to £7,500 after complaints from universities - but that would still be significantly less than the current maximum of £9,250.With some universities already facing precarious finances - with borrowing,
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The mother who lost her daughter over an EpiPen

[ad_1] "Three cars showed up in the early hours of the morning and the police were banging on my door," Anna says.It was June 2015 when Anna's two-year-old daughter was taken away by social workers from Southampton City Council."I didn't know what was going on," she said."Then the police said I was being arrested for child neglect."Anna, not her real name, is originally from Africa and was then a single
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Police plea to schools to cut Northamptonshire gang crime

[ad_1] Image copyright YouTube Image caption Gang members in Wellingborough have posted music videos of themselves on YouTube Head teachers have been asked by police to try to keep pupils in education for as long as possible to help reduce the "epidemic of gang violence". Insp Daryl Lyon, who wrote to each school in Northamptonshire, said pupils at risk of exclusion could be referred to police for support.There were 3,918
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Unconditional uni offers don’t make us lazy, say teenagers

[ad_1] Image copyright Social Communications Image caption Harrison (right) is determined to keep working at the same level Harrison has his dream university place in the bag. The Leeds City College student is off to study sports journalism at the University of Huddersfield in September, with an unconditional offer. No matter what the outcome of his BTec extended diploma, the place is assured, and 17-year-old Harrison says he's thrilled."I'd say