Children Headlines

  • Don’t hide your grief from children – it can help bring you closer

    Children can have more emotional understanding than we give them credit for, as I discovered when my brother died The morning I discovered my brother Matthew had died, there was no hiding it. The shock sent me into a volatile state. I threw the phone against the wall, shattering it, then hurled myself into the front room of the house, banging the doors and walls and weeping, while my daughter sat listening at the top of the stairs. Hours later we were at my parents’ house, where everyone in the...

    the Guardian
  • Trafficking victim wins payout from Home Office after wrongful detention

    Trafficked to the UK and raped for years, Abdul became homeless, got involved in crime and was threatened with deportation The Home Office has paid £30,000 to a victim of child trafficking who was held illegally in immigration detention for several months despite having refugee status and showing clear signs of having been tortured and abused. Abdul* (not his real name) was about seven when he was trafficked into the UK in the mid-90s. He thinks he came from Somalia but is not certain. He lived...

    the Guardian
  • 'They make him feel normal' – the role of video games in a children's hospice

    For children facing life-limiting illnesses, adaptive technology allows them to feel independent and express themselves With his spiky hair and Adidas sweatshirt, Shay Murray looks like a typical 11-year-old. He’s cute, he’s boisterous, he’s into everything. But he also has Pearson syndrome, an incredibly rare mitochondrial disease that affects multiple body organs. His eyesight, hearing and memory are deteriorating, his kidneys are operating at barely 60%. There is no cure. Most children with...

    the Guardian
  • U.S. border agents will not speak to lawmakers about girl's death

    U.S. Border Patrol agents who detained a 7-year-old Guatemalan migrant girl who later died in federal custody will not speak with U.S. lawmakers investigating her death, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Monday, citing their union membership.

  • Migrant woman who fled tear gas at U.S. border stopped in group asking asylum

    Fifteen Honduran migrants, mainly teens but including a mother photographed running with her daughters from tear gas several weeks ago, were held up on the U.S. side of the border with Mexico on Monday and denied the chance to ask for asylum, a Reuters witness and advocates said.

  • El Salvador court frees woman jailed under anti-abortion law

    A Salvadoran woman accused of the attempted murder of her newborn baby under the country's strict abortion laws after she was raped by her stepfather was freed by a court on Monday after more than 18 months in jail.