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Children's commissioner backs restraint ban

By Janaki Mahadevan |

21 March 2011

The use of pain to control children in the secure estate must be abolished in England and Wales to comply with international standards the children's commissioner has warned.

Children's wellbeing has taken a significant blow as a direct result of the financial crisis, according to the latest report by The Children's Society.

Eight of the 10 local authorities with the highest levels of child poverty are in London, according to the End Child Poverty campaign.

Children's charity Barnardo's has revealed demand for its emergency grants has risen by 19 per cent since the beginning of the economic crisis in 2007, sparking calls for vulnerable families to be afforded more protection in next week's Budget.

Fosterers and children are to be given a greater say in their care, under updated regulations coming into force next month.

An independent report into physical restraint of young offenders has been criticised for continuing to support the use of so-called "pain compliance" techniques.

MPs urged to oppose child support proposals

By Neil Puffett |

08 March 2011

MPs have been urged to oppose controversial changes to child support by a group of organisations including Gingerbread and the Children's Society.

The government is to face a legal challenge to controversial welfare reforms after the Child Poverty Action Group announced it has issued proceedings for judicial review.

The family of a severely autistic teenager has won a High Court appeal to force East Riding of Yorkshire Council to provide support for him once he turns 18.

A fund that helps low-income families with living costs that are not covered by weekly benefits is set to be scrapped under the government's benefit reforms, it has emerged.