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CICA previously said man sexually abused as a child ‘consented’ to assaults but now accepts he is eligible for compensationThe government’s victim compensation agency has issued a “heartfelt” apology to a man who was groomed online and sexually abused by a string of older men from the age [...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Charity used official government and FoI data to estimate 307,000 people sleeping rough or living in inadequate housingMore than 300,000 people in Britain – equivalent to one in every 200 – are officially recorded as homeless or living in inadequate homes, according to figures released by the ch[...]
HousingPovertyCharities and VolunteerismHousing and Poverty
2 weeks ago
Warning comes after financial regulator warned NHS ‘could pop’ without an emergency cash injection in budget The NHS will need up to £24bn more by 2022 than Theresa May plans to give it or patient care will worsen and treatment waiting times grow even longer, experts have said. Rising demand fo[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Projects Abroad responds to global campaign against orphanage tourism as evidence grows of widespread child exploitationA major volunteering company is severing all links with overseas orphanages, citing fears of child trafficking and exploitation. The announcement, made by Projects Abroad, is a sig[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCharities and Volunteerism
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Last year there were 5,208 deaths of people aged 50-plus wholly attributable to alcohol, compared with 3,582 in 2001The number of alcohol-specific deaths in people aged 50 and over has risen 45% since 2001, prompting fresh warnings about excessive drinking among baby boomers.Last year there were 5,2[...]
HealthChildren and Parenting
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Brian and Clare go out with a bang Continue reading...
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These are volatile times for prisons in England and Wales, with overcrowding and record levels of violence. Can a new scheme that aims to do what Teach First did in schools change things from the inside?Less than a month after Jack started his job, he walked in on a man slashing his arm with a razor[...]
EducationCriminal Justice
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MPs say growing use of sex as a form of violence among gangs might be behind increase in serious sexual crimes among childrenA rise in “dark and very troubling” sexual offences among children, including the recent conviction of an 11-year-old rapist, has sparked concerns among justice ministers.[...]
ChildrenChildren and ParentingCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Doctors are getting better at spotting the signs of neglect or abuse. But with children’s services devastated by cuts, referrals do not always lead to actionFollowing a colleague’s retirement I have now become the safeguarding lead for children at my GP practice. This means that I review cases, [...]
HealthChildrenChildren and ParentingHousing and PovertyEducationHealth and CareMental HealthCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
Jim Mackey, hired by government to improve service’s finances, gives stark assessment at NHS Providers conferenceThe NHS could “pop” unless it receives an emergency cash injection in this month’s budget, the boss of the service’s financial regulator has warned.Jim Mackey, the chief executi[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
A fierce focus on contracts, competition and outsourcing has leached away the spirit and energy of volunteering and community actionEveryone wants a harmonious relationship between councils and the voluntary sector. The Lords committee on charities, chaired by Michael Bichard, published a report (pd[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
2 weeks ago
The latest children in need statistics show that while more young people are being referred to social services, real help is dwindling
It is hard for the media to tell the same story again and again. News needs novelty to attract attention. Yet while the media begins to turn away, austerity conti[...]
ChildrenChildrenPovertyChildren and Parentin
2 weeks ago
Grassroots legal challenges to so-called accountable care organisations having the power to run health and social care services could bring NHS reform crashing downUnless you work in the NHS itself, or inhabit the health policy bubble of academics, thinktanks and staff groups, chances are the phrase[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Our report reveals an ailing service under severe strain. The solution lies in recruiting more staff – and giving local organisations more controlIf we really want to deliver the high quality patient care we all want in the NHS, we must change our approach to the workforce so that we have the righ[...]
HealthHousing and PovertyHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
A radical shake-up in education is needed to help some of our most vulnerable young people continue studies after schoolRuth Kelly is a former education secretary and pro vice-chancellor of St Mary’s UniversityAs those who work in education and social care will know, the issue of how we help child[...]
ChildrenChildrenEducationChildren and ParentingHealth and C
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Report by NHS Providers warns of ‘serious impact on services for the public’ if confusion over outcome of Brexit continuesUncertainty over the future of EU staff in the NHS is so damaging that it threatens the quality of care received by patients, hospital bosses are warning. The lack of clarity[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
2 weeks ago
Trussell Trust says six-week wait for first payment of benefit will lead to soaring demand for help from families this winterFood banks have said they will struggle to meet the soaring need for emergency food supplies from low-income families this Christmas as hardship caused by the six-week waiting[...]
Poverty
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Charity says police in the UK are failing the victims of ‘honour’ based violence, forced marriage and FGMThe police are failing the victims of “honour” crimes, with just 5% of reported cases being referred to the Crown Prosecution Service, a leading charity has warned.The number of cases of [...]
Charities and VolunteerismCriminal Justice
2 weeks ago
The author of My Secret Garden – a shocking and deeply sexy work – has died, leaving a legacy to inspire younger generationsFor me, it is the dogs and the lesbians. These were the sections in Nancy Friday’s 1973 cult sexuality tome, My Secret Garden: Women’s Sexual Fantasies, that I can stil[...]
HealthWomenChildren and ParentingWomens Issues
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The government’s plan to transfer funding to the whim of councils will hit supported housing harder than everAlan Fraser is chief executive of YMCA BirminghamOn 25 October, a long campaign of lobbying against the government’s plan to restrict housing benefit payments for supported housing scheme[...]
HousingHousing and Poverty
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General practitioner leaders say they are ‘really worried’ about list of those ineligible for virtual consultation scheme GP leaders have raised concerns about the first NHS smartphone virtual GP service.Millions of NHS patients who live or work in various locations in London can sign up to the [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
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Record numbers of children are being taken into care but changes to the way we live and work mean the fostering workforce is shrinking A legal claim against Hampshire county council to argue for workers’ rights for foster carers has divided opinion among fostering families. Some see it as long ove[...]
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As Brexit looms, the biggest risk is not from Brussels but from England’s low-skilled workforce. Greater local powers are needed to tackle this As the UK heads towards divorce from the EU, questions about the strength and flexibility of our labour market are getting louder. The unfortunate truth i[...]
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Emails can be major source of stress and disruption in our lives. But there are ways to take back controlEmail is over 30 years old and hasn’t changed that much since its inception. But over the years we have been letting it take over our lives. It started out as a basic electronic messaging syste[...]
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