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Father from Hampshire in court over attempted murder of four children

A father from Fawley in Hampshire has appeared in court, charged with the attempted murder of four children in Yorkshire. Owen Scott, who's 29, did not enter a plea. Four young children remain in a serious condition in hospital. Martin Fisher has sent this from Sheffield Magistrates Court.

More than 3,000 children hospitalised for self-harm

Mental health care provision for young people is under the spotlight

According to recent figures, more than 3,000 children in the south east were hospitalised for self-harming themselves last year.

The total number of children treated in England and Wales in that same time period was 19,000.

Common pressures on teenagers include - bullying, pressures at school, and emotional abuse - all issues which can require professional help.

Julie Harrison's report contain details of the troubles that some young people have experienced - that you may find upsetting.

The interviewees are Aimee Wilson, Dr Paul McArdle, a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist; and Zoe Gilder, from the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in the report or would like some advice. You can contact the following organisations:

ChildLine, the NSPCC, the Samaritans, and Mind the mental health charity.

NHS flu campaign calls on parents to vaccinate children

NHS poster asking parents to vaccinate children against flu Credit: NHS South, Central and West

Buses across Oxfordshire will carry an advertising campaign encouraging parents to vaccinate their children against flu. Children up until the age of four are entitled to free flu jabs that can be administered by a GP or school nurse.

Flu can be serious for young children. Help protect them from flu with one simple nasal spray. The vaccination is free, fast and painless so don't put it off

– Dr Joe McManners, clinical chair at Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group

Council promises new playground adventures for children

Plans include a climbing zone in the trees Credit: Crawley Borough Council

A council has revealed its plans to revamp a West Sussex adventure playground are "on track".

Cherry Lane adventure playground has been closed for one year while renovations take place. The all-new facility will include a climbing zone in the trees, a large sand and water play area, and an underground tunnel zone.

A council spokesperson says they are excited by the plans, saying the adventure playground will focus on back-to-basics outdoor play, including digging in mud, a fire pit for cooking and den building.

Cherry Lane Adventure Playground is being completely transformed and I can’t wait to see it completed. All of this new equipment will provide children with many years of fun and exciting play.”

– Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing

The new adventure playground is due to open in Easter 2017.

The new playground will include a large sand and water play area Credit: Crawley Borough Council
The new playground will include a tunnel underground zone Credit: Crawley Borough Council
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