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Development secretary’s move comes amid mounting pressure over sexual misconduct revelations The international development secretary, Penny Mordaunt, is to meet investigators from the National Crime Agency to discuss the Oxfam sexual misconduct scandal.Speaking at a child protection summit in Stoc[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismCriminal Justice
1 week ago
My council receives £800,000 a year and funds the work of 30 people. We need to know what the future holdsPaying for a pair of walking boots so a young person can go on a school trip, and dealing with a bed bug infestation that led to a child refusing to take part in a PE class because she was asha[...]
ChildrenPolicyChildrenEducationChildren and Parenting
1 week ago
hitting stuff’ social workers have to deal with on a daily basis. The comedian and actor, best known for her role in Peep Show, told 5 live Afternoon Edition she liked the fact the Channel 4 ...
Damned actor Isy Suttie has said the comedy shows the ‘hard via Live.com News 
General Social Work
1 week ago
The Charity Commission gave Oxfam a clean bill of health as recently as 2017. Yet underfunding is at least partly to blameThe Oxfam scandal, which has now seen the resignation of the UK charity’s deputy chief executive, Penny Lawrence, has raised huge questions – both for the public and for thos[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismHealth and Care
1 week ago
All councils face the pain of negotiating the least worst budget cuts for services like care homes and libraries
The news that Northamptonshire county council was unable to set a balanced budget for the next financial year and was effectively bankrupt, did not come as a surprise to many in the lo[...]
Health and Care
1 week ago
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Alternative material could replace current controversial implants, which have prompted many complaints of pain and discomfort
Scientists believe they have come up with an alternative to the material used in vaginal mesh implants which prompted a huge number of women to complain they had been left[...]
HealthWomens Issues
1 week ago
Lucy Lamble talks to Rebecca Ratcliffe about her investigations into exploitation and the misuse of power in humanitarian organisationsStories about sexual misconduct by humanitarian workers have dominated the headlines in the last few days. But this is a story that has been bubbling under the surfa[...]
CharitiesWomens Issues
1 week ago
Ads that encourage betting during live events or offer ‘free’ bets and bonuses will be bannedRay Winstone’s days urging punters to “bet in play ... now!” during live matches are over as the advertising regulator has introduced a ban on ads that appeal to problem gamblers.The two bodies tha[...]
1 week ago
Actor had been an ambassador for the charity and said she was devastated by revelationsMinnie Driver has become the first celebrity patron of Oxfam to step down in the wake of the sexual misconduct scandal. The 48-year-old actor, who was one of the charity’s 16 ambassadors, said she was “in no u[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
I was among thousands flown in after the 2010 quake, and was unsettled by the atmosphere
I arrived in Port-au-Prince a few days after the earthquake in 2010. I was a spokesperson for Save the Children and my job was to help set up an emergency communications team.It was my first experience of a h[...]
CharitiesChildren and Parenting
1 week ago
More than £9bn a year is given by people who want to do good. Their confidence must be protected by rigorous monitoring of charities’ activitiesThe Charity Commission has launched a statutory inquiry into Oxfam as part of its duty to promote trust and public confidence in charities. That is neces[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismGerontology
1 week ago
Readers air their views on news of bullying in a Somerset care home and the treatment of autistic children in FranceWe were shocked, as the family of a 26-year-old autistic son who has been in four residences since leaving school, to read of the abuse in a National Autistic Society care home (Somers[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingEducationHealth and CareDisabilities
1 week ago
Francis Ingham on advances in the PR industry; Peter Bardsley raises questions about counsellor internshipsWith the government cracking down on employers who exploit young people (Ministers warn employers over unpaid interns, 9 February), campaigners for fair internships are finally getting the gove[...]
Charities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Figures for earthquake relief range from $10bn to $13.4bn. Some of us who visited Haiti have seen little or no sign of that money, write activistsIn 2008 some of us had written to Barbara Stocking, then Oxfam chief executive, objecting to a report that it sponsored, Rule of Rapists in Haiti, which l[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismHousing and P
1 week ago
New legislation will prevent many thousands of people becoming homeless. It’s a step in the right direction, says the Crisis chief executiveBrexit may be consuming almost all the government’s bandwidth, but there is one domestic policy area, at least, where politicians of all parties and at all [...]
HousingPovertyCharitiesHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
Across our programmes at Save the Children, we deal with some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The only antidote to abuse is zero toleranceIn the space of a week, a story that started out as a report on predatory behaviour by some Oxfam staff in Haiti has transmuted into a crisis of trust, a[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingEducationHealth and CareWomens Issues
1 week ago
In 2016 Sport Relief raised £55m. Next month’s appeal will be a big test of public faith in all UK charities and overseas aidThere’s a sense of resignation across the voluntary sector that the Oxfam scandal will trigger a fall in donations to charities. You have to feel for British Red Cross, P[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
There’s no reason why charity shops should be immune to sexual abuse and harassment – that’s why management processes matterThink of the least likely place on earth to be plunged into a sexual abuse scandal, and Oxfam shops would surely be high on the list. Related: Oxfam scandal: Charity Comm[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
I was among thousands of foreigners flown in after the 2010 quake, and was disturbed by the overtly sexualised atmosphere in the midst of such devastation
I arrived in Port-au-Prince a few days after the earthquake in 2010. I was a spokesperson for Save the Children and my job was to help set up [...]
CharitiesChildren and Parenting
1 week ago
No one wants to sleep outdoors in sub-zero temperatures, but far too many will, while politicians cut welfare and enforce austerityIt’s impossible to spend any stretch of time outside at the moment without noticing two things: the bitter cold and the seemingly unstinting rise in street homelessnes[...]
HousingPovertyHousing and PovertyCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Step into Health works with 50 trusts to match the skills of former military personnel to careers in the health serviceRichard Lloyd had dedicated 28 years to the armed forces when he moved with his family to Cumbria to run a guesthouse. But after four years he found something was missing. “I miss[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
If Oxfam responds by listening to its critics it could restore faith in a sector that was damaged long before the latest allegationsOh Oxfam. I love you. And I hate you. I love that you were a pioneer in international development, that you were an organisation built on solidarity, education, empower[...]
CharitiesEducation
1 week ago
Doctors give patients drugs such as tramadol despite risks of addiction and ineffectiveness when treating chronic painThe prescription of opioid drugs by GPs in England is steadily rising, especially in more deprived communities, even though they are potentially dangerous and do not work for chronic[...]
Health
1 week ago
Charity fulfils a fundamental human drive to to help others in desperate need. Yet Tory rightwingers see it only as hypocritical do-goodingAll stories of sexual predation are depressing: from a Hollywood producer to a Westminster MP, you’re confronted with a world locked in grim status quo, where [...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
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