Safeguarding experts have warned that a third of all children’s acute hospital beds in parts of England are being occupied by vulnerable children, who do not need acute medical care but have nowhere else to go.
As we acknowledge International Day of Charity on 5th September, it is important to raise awareness of the importance of volunteering and philanthropic activities. This day was established to mobilise and sensitise individuals across the globe to humanitarian crises and human suffering - in addition to the efforts of charitable organisations and individuals.
Social service referrals have increased by up to 40% in some of England’s most deprived communities since the pandemic began. Some local authorities are anticipated to overspend by up to £12m on children’s services this year as families continue to face problems arising from financial pressure, mental health problems and domestic violence.
The United Nations protocol defines Trafficking in Persons as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion for the purpose of exploitation.