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Scottish Parliament's Education, Children and Young People Committee,

In their Stage 1 Report published on 19 December, the Scottish Parliament's Education, Children and Young People Committee warned that plans to integrate children's services into the National Care Service lack vital information; it is not currently possible to have a clear view on whether children’s services should be included under a National Care Service; and urged the government to provide more details on the financial implications.

Ruth Clegg - BBC News,

When war broke out, millions of Ukrainians had to make a life-changing decision to flee their country - with many hoping to return as soon as possible. But for some disabled refugees, this displacement has offered new opportunities, and they now face a dilemma over whether to ever go home.

Megan Hollett, Alex Hassett, Virginia Lumsden,

This UK-based study aimed to develop an explanatory theory and model of the processes involved in fostering looked after children and the relationship between the roles of parent and professional.

Human Rights Watch,

This is Human Rights Watch's submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child's 94th pre-session to highlight areas of concern regarding the government of Russia’s compliance with the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).

The Associated Press,

The lower house of the Russian parliament on Thursday passed a bill banning foreigners from using Russian surrogate mothers.

European Network on Independent Living (ENIL),

This is an interview with Dragana Ciric Milovanovic, director of European Programs for Disability Rights International (DRI), during the European Launch of the Deinstitutionalization Guidelines, including in emergencies.

Noah Robinson - The Justice Gap,

New data published by the Office for National Statistics has found that children in care were more at risk of interacting with the criminal justice system during early adulthood than their peers. More than half (52%) of looked-after children had a criminal conviction by the age of 24 years compared with 13% of children who had not been in care.


This report highlights the recommendations and priorities that EU decision-makers and national governments can do to support the most vulnerable children and prevent widening inequalities. 

Dominique Soguel,

Official figures suggest that over 400 children have been killed and 850 wounded since Russia invaded its neighbor. Another 3,000 have been left without parental care for one reason or another, while about 100,000 minors have had to leave the institutions, such as internat boarding schools, many of which closed when the war began. With 702 boarding institutions as of early 2022, Ukraine held the largest number of children in institutional care in Europe before the war.

The Associated Press,

KHERSON, Ukraine — Hours after Russia invaded Ukraine in February, health staff at a children's hospital in the south started secretly planning how to save the babies. Russians were suspected of seizing orphan children and sending them to Russia, so staff at the children's regional hospital in Kherson city began fabricating orphans' medical records to make it appear like they were too ill to move.