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Better protection for children is now law

Posted by Shelley Hopkinson /

Friday 06 March 2015 / Child neglect, Law, Emotional neglect

This week something important happened. The Serious Crime Act became law. For the first time in over 80 years the criminal law protecting children in England and Wales will recognise sustained emotional abuse, which causes psychological harm, as a crime.

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Serious Crime Bill Update

Action for Children has been campaigning to update the criminal law on child neglect for 5 years, and now we’re in the home stretch.

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Your amazing campaign wins in 2014 – here’s to more in 2015

Posted by AfC Policy and campaigns /

Friday 02 January 2015 / Care leavers, Child neglect, Law

What a year it has been! Together we have made real change happen. In 2014, Action for Children and you, our campaign supporters, achieved a lot.

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The Eleventh Hour

First launched in 2011, Action for Children’s annual red book reports has helped us to see the changing needs of children and families, alongside the pressures on the services providing vital support. This year’s report, the eleventh hour, asked managers where they believed the needs of children, young people and families had changed in the last 12 months. Rather, worryingly managers pointed to a whole range of issues greater support is needed.

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Sharing our expertise: webinars on neglect

On the 24th and 31st October we hosted two webinars on neglect, focusing on our findings and lessons we have learnt through our research with the University of Stirling. They are available to view online now.

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