Business

Universal credit: Two-child benefit cap to be relaxed

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption Amber Rudd will make her first major welfare speech on Friday Around 15,000 families with three or more children will not have their universal credit capped, the work and pensions secretary will say on Friday.A two-child limit on the benefit came into effect in April 2017 - but did not initially apply to claimants whose children were born before that date.This exemption was
Health

‘I pray our child isn’t born with my deformities’

[ad_1] Bucky Bailey, 35, was born with a single nostril and a deformed face. His mother fell pregnant with him while working in direct contact with chemicals at DuPont's Parkersburg plant in West Virginia. DuPont, long time makers of Teflon - the famed non-stick coating - have compensated thousands of local residents for contamination of local water supplies with chemicals which they alleged were linked to birth defects and other
Health

Child health record ‘red book’ to go online

[ad_1] Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The personal child health record - or red book - is given to parents at a child's birth The 'red book', containing a child's medical records, is to be made available to parents online as part of government plans to improve NHS care for mothers and new babies.Health Secretary Matt Hancock has also promised more specialist neonatal staff and intensive care cots
Technology

Google and Facebook put ads in child sex abuse discovery apps

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption WhatsApp does not allow users to search for groups in its own app, which led to the creation of other services that did Evidence that adverts for major brands were placed in "child abuse discovery apps" via Google and Facebook's ad networks has led to fresh calls for the tech giants to face tougher regulation.The apps involved used to be available on Google's
UK News

David McGreavy: Triple child killer cleared for release

[ad_1] Image copyright Mercury Press Image caption David McGreavy was "compliant and co-operative with authority", a Parole Board report said A babysitter who killed three children and impaled their bodies on garden railings has been cleared for release. David McGreavy was sentenced to life in 1973 for killing Paul Ralph, four, and his sisters Dawn, two, and nine-month-old Samantha in their Worcester home.Their mother Elsie Urry told The Sun she
UK News

Number of child gamblers quadruples in just two years

[ad_1] Image copyright PA The number of children classed as having a gambling problem has quadrupled to more than 50,000 in just two years, a report has claimed.The Gambling Commission study suggests that 450,000 children aged 11 to 16 bet regularly, more than those who have taken drugs, smoked or drunk alcohol.Bets with friends, slot machines, and scratchcards, were most popular.A campaigner on the issue, Bishop of St Albans Right
Health

Northern Ireland child post-mortem examinations to be done in England

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption From January 2019 post-mortem examinations on children from NI will have to be carried out in Liverpool Post-mortem examinations on infants in Northern Ireland will have to be carried out in a hospital in England due to a lack of specialist staff.The paediatric pathologist service is currently provided on a regional basis by the Belfast Trust. However the BBC can reveal that the
Education

Germany’s AfD sparks outcry at far-right child informer plan

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption AfD are hoping to enter Bavaria's state parliament for the first time in elections on 14 October German justice minister Katarina Barley has sharply condemned an online scheme launched by the far-right AfD party to get schoolchildren to inform on teachers who are politically partial.The far-right party entered parliament for the first time this year, becoming the biggest opposition party.Its informant site started in
Health

Child mental health referrals up 26% in five years, says report

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The number of referrals to Camhs has increased by over a quarter in five years, according to a report The number of referrals to child and adolescent mental health services in England has increased by 26% over the past five years, Education Policy Institute (EPI) research suggests.Its report also reveals one in four referrals was either rejected or deemed inappropriate for treatment.Out of