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8 hours ago
We don’t need more demonising headlines about fostering, we need more foster carers, says Javed Khan of Barnardo’s, while Mike Stein points out that with proper support fostered children make good progress from poor starting pointsDawn Foster is, sadly, right when she writes that fostering tends[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyHealth and CareCriminal Justice
9 hours ago
Staff losses will intensify recruitment problems at health service, which now has 40,000 vacant nursing postsAround 10,000 EU nationals have quit the NHS since the Brexit referendum, it has emerged.NHS Digital, the agency that collects data on the health service, found that in the 12 months to June,[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
10 hours ago
Prescription drug is handed out too readily and used recreationally, say doctors, with 111 deaths linked to it last yearA prescription drug described as the “new valium” is to be classified as a class C controlled substance after it was linked to a growing number of UK deaths.Pregabalin – a su[...]
Health
12 hours ago
DCLG estimates that 1.4m houses and 2.9m flats have been sold with such contracts as government considers ban on new sales by developersThe number of leasehold houses in England is significantly higher than previously estimated, according to new government figures released before an expected ban on [...]
Housing
16 hours ago
Cinemas across the UK are hosting special screenings and reminiscence therapy activities for older audiences as part of World Alzheimer’s MonthIt’s a little after 1.30pm on a Wednesday and a crowd has gathered outside the Rio cinema in Dalston, east London. The first film of the day will not sta[...]
HealthGerontology
16 hours ago
Data shows one in four girls have depression by the time they hit 14. We’d like you to share your thoughts and experiences of mental health issuesAbout 166,000 girls and 67,000 boys aged 14 across the UK are depressed, according to a new study. Government-funded research found that 24% of 14-year-[...]
HealthHealth and CareMental Health
18 hours ago
Alan Barham, who was dismissed by Capita after undercover footage emerged, given caution order by disciplinary panelA benefits assessor who was caught on film mocking disabled claimants of personal independence payments and suggesting they were liars has been found guilty of misconduct by a professi[...]
Health and CareDisabilities
18 hours ago
Safeguarding girls from genital mutilation and avoiding complacency must remain priority, says Operation Limelight leaderClaims of racism over female genital mutilation (FGM) investigations should not be allowed to disrupt a police initiative targeting families coming into the UK from countries wher[...]
HealthWomenChildrenChildren and ParentingCriminal Justice
20 hours ago
Send us pictures of the local sculptures and artworks that have inspired civic pride, raised eyebrows and provoked lively debate in the pub Related: Rachel Whiteread: Turner prize winner criticises 'plop art' Turner prize winner Rachel Whiteread is not a fan of ‘plop art’: public sculptures plo[...]
Children and Parenting
21 hours ago
Shocked by the ‘poverty cycle’, British reformers created a safety net for casual workers. Now precarious working conditions are back, and the welfare state is under attack. By Chris RenwickTucked away behind York Minster – the grand cathedral adorned with medieval stained-glass windows that d[...]
PovertyHealthHousing and Poverty
22 hours ago
Review of five drugs – including one linked to deaths – says there is no body of reliable evidence behind any of themThere is no magic pill to cure alcoholism, according to a scientific review of the evidence of five drugs being prescribed by doctors.None of the five drugs has a body of reliable[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
22 hours ago
Exclusive: Survey of 500 people finds 72% support rights of adults ‘to choose to end their lives if they are suffering from a terminal illness’As the Victorian parliament ponders an historic vote to legalise assisted dying for the terminally ill, a new survey shows the public overwhelmingly back[...]
23 hours ago
One terminally-ill Victorian takes their life each week; we haven’t been giving them the choices they need to have a good deathFar too many Victorians have suffered too much and for too long at the end of their lives.Talking about death is a challenging and confronting issue. For too long, end-of-[...]
1 day ago
London has highest rate of practices needing to improve, but ‘super surgeries’ fare better, says Care Quality CommissionAbout 7 million people are being treated at GP surgeries in England that have severe safety problems, according to the first performance review of its kind by the Care Quality [...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 day ago
Over 50% of teachers tell survey they don’t have adequate training in what to do when a child has a mental health problemMore than half of primary school teachers say they do not feel adequately trained in supporting pupils with mental health problems, research suggests.Just one in 10 “strongly [...]
EducationHealthChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental Health
1 day ago
Trial unexpectedly shows combination of osteopathy, life coaching and neuro-linguistic programming helps children with CFS/ME get betterA controversial treatment for chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) called the Lightning Process can help children get better, a trial has shown, much to the surprise of t[...]
HealthChildrenChildren and ParentingEducation
1 day ago
Retired GP Elizabeth Renton says that she is living proof that age-related macular degeneration is now treatableThe 250 people who will start to lose their sight today (Specsavers/RNIB figures) may never know that half of all sight loss is avoidable. National Eye Health Week (18-24 September) aims t[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Nearly 20% of those who quit in first half of 2017 have been successful, with e-cigarettes becoming most popular method of quitting, say UCL researchersSuccess rates for smokers trying to give up have hit a record high in part thanks to the increasing use of e-cigarettes, figures reveal.Nearly 20% o[...]
HealthEducation
1 day ago
Call for additional evidence comes before public examinations into claims involving council homes and schools in RochdaleMore alleged victims of the former Liberal MP Cyril Smith and officials who investigated him should be allowed to testify at the child sexual abuse inquiry, a preliminary hearing [...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingEducation
1 day ago
Brent council says it is cracking down on exploitative landlords after shocking case in which every room was filled with mattressesA raid on a three-bedroom house in north-west London has found 35 men living in rooms full of mattresses.The discovery was made on Winchester Avenue, Queensbury, at abou[...]
Housing
1 day ago
Global study finds girls are considered vulnerable and protected, while boys are set free to roam and explore, with lifelong consequencesAcross the world, from Beijing to Baltimore, children are straitjacketed into gender roles in early adolescence, with the world expanding for boys and closing in f[...]
ChildrenChildren and Parenting
1 day ago
The Guardian speaks to helpline advisers dealing with issues such as credit card debt, high-interest loans and bankruptcy There is a pause, a moment’s silence and then a deep exhalation before the words finally come.
The caller has only been asked her name but it is a big moment, almost like a[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 day ago
Councils still assess eligibility and allocate resources, but we’ve known for decades that letting people choose and pay for their own care works betterTwo recent high court judgments – Oxfordshire v Davey and Merton v JF – highlight the ways councils assess eligibility for social care and all[...]
PolicyHealth and CareCriminal Justice
1 day ago
Properties owned by Kensington and Chelsea housing associations are being earmarked for redevelopment rather than providing much-needed homesIn the heart of Chelsea, not far from Kings Road, more than 150 social housing flats stand empty on an estate set up over a century ago by the philanthropist W[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
1 day ago
Their work is crucial, but supported housing providers are feeling anxious about the futureResidents of London’s Acorn House are all recovering addicts who were previously homeless. The house has 16 individual bedrooms, with a communal kitchen, dining and living areas, but – perhaps more importa[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
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