Quarter of girls aged 14 suffer from depression

New research shows that one in four girls (24%) and one in 10 boys (9%) are depressed at 14 years old.

Homeless: in a lonely place

The number of sofa surfers, rough sleepers and families crammed into inadequate B&Bs is growing, writes Anna Scott. And homelessness brings health risks, poor life chances and social exclusion.

Disadvantage gap widens for poorest schoolchildren

The poorest children in England are now even further behind their better-off classmates at school than a decade ago, new research shows.

Northern Ireland: no escape for bullied children over the summer break

There’s no holiday from bullying for children over the summer, NSPCC’s Childline service in Northern Ireland has warned.

Let’s put an end to FGM

Dr Comfort Momoh highlights the fight against FGM

Surviving honour-based injustice

Forced marriages, imprisonment, even murder. This is the reality for thousands of UK victims harmed by those who are meant to love them most – their families. Jasvinder Sanghera, CEO of charity Karma Nirvana, was one of them.

Child re-offending rate is 90% after custodial sentence in NI

Nine out of 10 children in Northern Ireland who serve a custodial sentence after breaking the law re-offend within a year of being released.

Scotland: cyber criminals target health boards

More than half of Scottish health boards and nearly 60% of Scottish councils have been targeted by cyber criminals since 2014.

England: alcohol abuse hotspots mapped

A survey has revealed which areas across England have the highest levels of binge drinking.

Northern Ireland: the sick man of Europe?

Children’s health in Northern Ireland is among the worst in western Europe – because of poverty, according to research.

England: more than 5000 recent cases of FGM

The NHS in England has recorded more than 5000 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past year.