Government announces £40m to tackle child trafficking

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has announced a £40 million package of government measures to protect children and young people from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and to crack down on offenders.

London car drivers cause most pollution per commuter

A study conducted by the University of Surrey has found that car drivers in London are causing the most pollution per commuter, but are least exposed to harmful particulate matter (PM), when compared with those taking public transport.

Sexual infections fuelled by lack of sex education

The LGA has claimed that extending compulsory sex and relationship education in academies could reduce the diagnosis of STIs.

Rise in drug and alcohol related reports

The NSPCC has reported a 16 per cent rise in reports to its helpline concerning substance abuse near children.

‘Profound culture change’ needed in UK prisons

A new report argues that prisons in England and Wales need a ‘profound culture change’ so that inmate safety is prioritised further.

A number of council leaders have called on the government to maintain its commitment to vulnerable child refugees, after the Home Office cited local authority funding as part of the decision to scrap the scheme.

There must be a radical change in workforce strategy if the UK is to attract necessary numbers of social care workers post-Brexit.

The government has published its first annual progress report on its sport strategy, aiming to create a more active nation.

Children’s charity Barnardo’s has revealed a rise of 78 per cent in recorded reports of child-on-child sex offences in England and Wales.

An emergency £1 billion should be made available to aid the social care crisis, ADASS have argued.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that the continued underfunding of social care is making it ‘impossible’ for councils to fulfil their legal duties under the Care Act.

Westminster City Council is set to trial a pilot scheme which will see emissions-based charging for diesel cars parking within Marylebone.

The cost of dementia care will rise unless local environments are better planned to enable more independent living.

A new report shows that smoking is contributing to the social care crisis with £1.4 billion a year being spent as a result of smoking related illness.

A survey has highlighted how leading council figures have a lack of confidence in the government’s plans for health and social care.

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