Child protection

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The car drew up. The children got in: UK child asylum-seekers’ narrow escape from kidnap
Alleged traffickers abducted three children from outside a Home Office-run hotel in Brighton last May. They were lucky to evade capture – many don’t

Mark Townsend

29, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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The Observer view on Britain’s shameful failings on child refugees | Observer editorial
Abused, kidnapped and lost – the government should hang its head in shame over its lack of care towards vulnerable minors

Observer editorial

29, Jan, 2023 @6:30 AM

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Covid lockdowns created ‘online backdoor’ for child abusers, says charity
Internet Watch Foundation reports rise in UK children aged seven to 10 manipulated into abusing themselves on camera

Dan Milmo Global technology editor

27, Jan, 2023 @12:01 AM

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C of E staff subjected to ‘horrific abuse and bullying’, says safeguarding official
Alexander Kubeyinje makes claims of abuse on staff, including death threats, in paper for General Synod

Harriet Sherwood

26, Jan, 2023 @4:00 PM

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Home Office accused of ‘dereliction of duty’ over missing child asylum seekers
Unclear who has legal responsibility for children placed in hotels, after dozens abducted from street in Brighton

Diane Taylor and Rajeev Syal

24, Jan, 2023 @7:05 PM

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UK minister admits 200 asylum-seeking children have gone missing
Simon Murray says one girl and at least 13 under-16s among those missing after being placed in hotels run by Home Office

Rajeev Syal and Diane Taylor

24, Jan, 2023 @8:50 AM

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Tuesday briefing: The shocking kidnapping of unaccompanied children
In today’s newsletter: Dozens of children who arrived on small boats have been abducted outside Home Office-run hotels. How did this happen – and is anyone actually looking for them?

Archie Bland

24, Jan, 2023 @6:57 AM

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Revealed: scores of child asylum seekers kidnapped from Home Office hotel
Call for inquiry after Observer investigation uncovers scale of trafficking by criminal gangs

Mark Townsend Home affairs editor

21, Jan, 2023 @6:14 PM

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‘They just vanish’: whistleblowers met by wall of complacency over missing migrant children
As scores of youngsters are disappearing from hotels run by the Home Office and being trafficked across the country, sources claims warnings over their safety were ignored

Mark Townsend Home affairs editor

21, Jan, 2023 @6:14 PM

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Rape survivor wins case against ‘cruel and inhumane’ state of Bolivia
An international court found that Brisa De Angulo, who was abused at 15, had her rights violated during the judicial process

Dan Collyns in Lima

20, Jan, 2023 @1:45 PM

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Prosecute tech chiefs who endanger children, says Molly Russell’s father
Ian Russell says inquest into daughter’s death is ‘unique’ opportunity to make online platforms safer

Dan Milmo Global technology editor

16, Jan, 2023 @7:00 AM

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Minister refuses to rule out changes to UK online safety bill
Social media bosses who breach child safety rules may face jail if Ofcom given powers to prosecute

Kiran Stacey and Dan Milmo

13, Jan, 2023 @9:59 AM

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