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1 week ago
After claims of abuse in Haiti, aid organisation’s staff speak out over how people are recruitedSeveral of Oxfam’s staff have raised concerns about the effectiveness of the aid organisation’s vetting procedures after claims that staff abused some of the people they were deployed to help in Hai[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
International development secretary tells Andrew Marr that the government will stop funding Oxfam if the charity fails to show moral leadership following revelations about aid workers’ apparent use of prostitutes in HaitiOxfam told to show 'moral leadership' or lose government funds
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CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
One in three child deaths or serious injuries from neglect or abuse linked to alcohol misuseMore than one in three deaths or serious injuries suffered by a child through neglect or abuse is linked to parental drinking, a study has found. A report commissioned by a cross-bench group of MPs and peers [...]
ChildrenHealthChildren and Parenting
1 week ago
Minister says charity must hand over all its information on use of prostitutes in HaitiThe international development secretary has said the government will end funding to Oxfam unless the charity shows “moral leadership” and hands over all its information on its aid workers’ apparent use of pr[...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Plans to redevelop the north London Latin American market have angered traders and visitorsThe perpetual regeneration that drives a global city provides a constant tension between old and new. Five miles north of the Thames, adjacent to Seven Sisters tube station, one of the more egregious examples [...]
Criminal Justice
1 week ago
Behind the sex parties and scandals in Haiti lies a culture of secrecy and lack of diversityThe year after Oxfam secretly forced out top officials for using prostitutes in Haiti, a UN agency fired one of its own senior figures after allegations of sexual misconduct with survivors of the 2010 earthqu[...]
CharitiesHousing and PovertyGerontologyWomens Issues
1 week ago
Observer poll finds 65% support an extra penny in the pound ring-fenced for healthcareAlmost two thirds of voters back putting an extra 1p on income tax to solve the funding crisis engulfing the NHS and social care, a new poll for the Observer has found.The Opinium survey found that 65% would be hap[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Oxfam must provide detailed timeline of investigation into allegations staff used prostitutesThe charities watchdog has demanded an urgent clarification from Oxfam following allegations that the charity covered up an inquiry into whether its staff used sex worke in Haiti during a 2011 post-earthquak[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Sharon’s world is regularly reversed by a rare brain malfunction. Now neurologists, and Wonder Woman, have come to the rescueIn 1952, when she was a child, Sharon was playing in the front garden. She was blindfolded while her friends ran around her, laughing, trying not to be caught in a game of b[...]
HealthChildren and Parenting
1 week ago
I’ve been a probation officer for more than a decade but it’s now almost impossible to do my job properly If black-cab rapist John Worboys is released, he will be required to report to probation staff every week. The case for probation services that are well-resourced and properly run couldn’t[...]
1 week ago
If staff do not feel able to speak out about their concerns, something is rotten at an organisation’s coreThe two most shocking revelations to emerge from the investigation into Liverpool community health NHS trust are that every part of the system failed, and it happened even as the trust was con[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
At Dartmoor prison, inmates are being trained in mediation – a scheme experts hope will tackle the nationwide surge in violenceBehind the forbidding, grey stone walls of Dartmoor prison, past a towering fence topped with barbed wire, a circle of prisoners has closed around two figures engaged in a[...]
Criminal Justice
1 week ago
Department says charity has ‘serious questions to answer’ on how it handled investigation The government is reviewing its relationship with Oxfam in the wake of sex allegations against some of the charity’s staff.The Department for International Development (DfID) took the decision after the c[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
1 week ago
Readers give their views on the problems of ageing and lonelinessJohn Harris (We need to talk about ageing, 5 February) is right that we must face up to both the challenges and the exciting prospects of our ageing population. This is a task for people of all ages. Britain is one of the most age-segr[...]
HousingHousing and PovertyEducationHealth and Care
1 week ago
After warnings of an ‘emerging crisis’ in the drug’s use by young Britons, you shared your storiesThere are growing concerns that the popularity of Xanax with teenagers is increasing, as experts warn of an “emerging crisis” in its use. Doctors have raised concerns about an increase in youn[...]
Health and Care
1 week ago
Charity Commission demands details of allegations about senior aid workers’ conduct The charity watchdog has demanded that Oxfam provide details of allegations that senior aid workers used prostitutes in earthquake-hit Haiti. Continue reading...
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismGerontology
1 week ago
Rise of 9% in statements of fitness for work, with 13.5% increase in notes for mental and behavioural disordersThe number of fit notes issued by GPs has risen by nearly a tenth, with a larger increase for mental and behavioural disorders, research has shown.A fit note is issued after the first seven[...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 week ago
Dr Alastair McAlpine asked some of young patients what gave them joy and meaning – their answers surprised himAs a pediatric palliative care physician, I spend my days working with children who have life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses and their families. Although many people think of us as[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingHealth and CareMental Health
1 week ago
Salford Foodbank has partnered with local medical practices to help provide care for vulnerable patients

• Do you work for the NHS? Please take our survey and tell us about your job. It should only take 10 minutesThe icy wind outside the Height medical practice in Salford is a clear sign t[...]
PovertyHealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment
1 week ago
Regeneration can change the shape of a community. Locals should have a say – but so should many other peopleOn 2 February, the mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced his support for a new approach to housing estate renewal. He proposes, subject to consultation, to give all residents of housing est[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
1 week ago
Sally Hawkins shines as a mute woman in Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar hopeful The Shape of Water. But imagine if cinema actually opened up to film-makers with disabilitiesThe Oscar frontrunner The Shape of Water is being hailed as a breakthrough in the cinematic presentation of disabled characters. I[...]
Disabilities
1 week ago
Inquest into death of man with Down’s syndrome criticises care home and hospital over his treatmentAn inquest into the early and preventable death of Richard Handley, a young man who had Down’s syndrome and suffered lifelong constipation, has found “gross [and] very significant failures” at [...]
Health and CareMental HealthCriminal Justice
1 week ago
Patients suffered ‘significant harm’ and staff who raised concerns were bullied, inquiry concludesPatients suffered “significant harm” because of multiple serious failings by a “dysfunctional” NHS trust, an independent inquiry has found.Liverpool Community Health NHS trust (LCH) provided[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Doctors speak out as figures show NHS England has recorded its worst ever performancePatients are suffering as a direct result of the NHS’s inability to meet key waiting-time targets, doctors have warned.Doctors’ leaders spoke out after figures showed that the NHS in England recorded its worst e[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 week ago
Exclusive: HMRC issues guidance to employers in bid to close loopholes The government has launched a crackdown on unpaid internships, sending more than 550 warning letters to companies and setting up enforcement teams to tackle repeat offenders.HM Revenue & Customs is expected to target sectors [...]
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