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Sweden ratifies Protection of Children Convention

Sweden last month became the latest EU Member State to ratify the Hague Convention on Jurisdiction, Applicable Law, Recognition, Enforcement and Co-operation in Respect of Parental Responsibility and Measures for the Protection of Children.

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Review of the Hague Conventions concludes

The second and final part of the Sixth Special Commission to review the practical operation of the 1980 Hague Child Abduction and 1996 Hague Child Protection Conventions has concluded in The Hague.

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Improving advocacy for children and young people

The Scottish Government has recently launched a consultation exercise on improving advocacy for children and young people.

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SCRA publishes Annual Report

The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) has recently published its Annual  Report for 2010/11, which shows that for the fourth year running there has been a fall (7.8%) in the number of children and young people being referred to its service.

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Early years investment

Over 20 charities are set to receive a share of a £6.8 million funding boost for vulnerable young children and families.

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Government consults on Children's Bill

The Scottish Government has launched a consultation on the Rights of Children and Young People Bill, which will enshrine in law the duty on Scottish Ministers to recognise the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) when exercising its responsibilities.

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Foster carers from BME backgrounds wanted

Edinburgh Council has launched a new multimedia campaign aimed at tackling a shortage of foster carers in Edinburgh. Carers from all backgrounds are needed, but the Council wants to double the number of foster carers from black and minority ethnic backgrounds (BME).

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Child protection in Midlothian

Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS) has issued its joint inspection report on the protection of children and young people in the Midlothian area.

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Home alone and child baby-sitters

A member of the Law Society of Scotland's Family Law Sub-Committee has offered some advice for confused parents on the subject of leaving children home alone or with a child baby-sitter.

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FCO launches child abduction campaign

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched a new child abduction prevention campaign, after recent figures revealed a 10% increase in the number of children being abducted by a parent to a country that has not signed up the Hague convention on international parental child abduction. 

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SCRA figures show fall in number of referrals

Recent figures released by the Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration (SCRA) have shown that for the fourth year running there has been a fall in the number of children and young people being referred to the Reporter.

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Review of Hague Conventions ends with recommendations for improvement

The Sixth Meeting of the Special Commission to review the practical operation of the Hague Abduction and Child Protection Conventions has concluded with recommendations for judges, other government officials and experts to consider when confronted with Convention issues. The recommendations strive to improve the way in which the Conventions operate in Contracting States.

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Experts review operation of the Hague Abduction and Child Protection Conventions

The Hague Conference on Private International Law has convened the Sixth Meeting of the Special Commission to review the practical operation of the Hague Abduction and Child Protection Conventions. Both Conventions are important, widely ratified multilateral instruments which protect the safety and welfare of children all over the world.

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UK's Child Protection Centre

A new dedicated team of experts from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre will strengthen and lead the UK's ability to respond to missing children from 1st July, Home Office Minister James Brokenshire has announced.

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Serious child abuse reports to NSPCC at all time high

Calls to the NSPCC Helpline reporting suspected child abuse and neglect have reached record levels, the charity has revealed.

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