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‘Upbeat’ refugee tale wins children’s book prize

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionHow a new children's novel is bringing the refugee crisis to the classroomA debut novel about a refugee whose new classmates embark on a quest to find their friend's parents has won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize.Onjali Q Raúf's The Boy At The Back Of The Class, won the £5,000 prize, which was inspired by people she met while working in

Children’s noses ‘hold clues’ to serious lung infections

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Examining the bacteria and viruses in the noses of children could give clues to improve the diagnosis and treatment of severe lung infections, a new study has found. Lung infections are a leading cause of death in under-fives worldwide. The study found the make-up of bacteria and viruses was altered in the noses of children with respiratory infections. Researchers say the study helps explain why

‘I ignored my children to play video games’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images "If I wasn't gaming, I was thinking about gaming".Sean - not his real name - has told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme about how gaming addiction took over his life to the point where he lost his family and his job.Matthew Preece, a senior therapist at the UK Addiction Treatment group (Ukat), says there has been a "significant" increase in the number of people seeking

Children ‘failed in first 1,000 days’, says MPs

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Families in England need more support in the early years to give children the best start in life, MPs say.The Health and Social Care Committee said the first 1,000 days were critical, but not enough was done.It warned cuts to children's centres, health visiting and services to support parents had left families vulnerable.Nearly a third of children are not "school ready" by the time they

Government faces High Court action over children’s rights

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The guidance also covers support for runaways A children's charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are "myths".The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children.The "myth-busting guide" suggests some duties around social worker visits, protections for missing children
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Police confirm seven children dead in a house fire in Halifax

[ad_1] Image copyright Robert Short/CBC Image caption Seven children were killed in the fire Seven young children, all believed to be from the same family, have died in an early morning house fire in the Canadian city of Halifax, police say. A man and a woman were also injured in the fire that broke out around 01:00 local time (05:00 GMT) on Tuesday. Fire crews encountered a blaze that had

Deaf children fall behind at school, says charity

[ad_1] Image caption Daniel's mum, Ann, says extra support is key to academic success for deaf pupils Deaf children in England are falling behind their classmates from primary school through to GCSE, analysis by the National Deaf Children's Society shows.Only 30.6% achieve a GCSE strong pass - Grade 5 or above - in both English and maths, compared with 48.3% of children with no special educational needs.And 57% fail to

Grindr and Tinder ‘must not risk children’s safety’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Dating apps Grindr and Tinder are to be asked to explain to the government how they protect children, after an investigation claimed minors are put at risk of sexual exploitation.More than 30 cases of child rape have been investigated by police since 2015 after victims evaded age checks on such apps, the Sunday Times found.Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright described it as "truly shocking".Grindr and Tinder
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Four children die in Stafford house fire

[ad_1] Image copyright HANDOUT Image caption Keegan, Tilly Rose, Olly and Riley, seen here in a photo taken from social media, died in the blaze in the early hours of Tuesday Four children have died in a house fire which also left a toddler and two adults - who leapt to safety from a first-floor window - injured.Neighbours reported hearing screams as the blaze, in the Highfields area of Stafford,
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Newspaper headlines: Screen limit for children and school mobile ban

[ad_1] Image caption "Screen limit for children" is the headline on the front page of the Daily Mail. The paper reports that, "for the first time", parents in the UK will be given government guidance on how much time their children should be allowed to spend using mobile phones, tablets, video games and TVs. The guidance, which comes from the chief medical officer for England, Prof Sally Davies, will say