The welfare of war veterans is a major social
problem; many end up homeless, unemployed, divorced and develop
drug or alcohol problems and resort to crime, writes Graham
Hopkins. It is estimated that 20 per cent of the population is made
up of people who are ex-armed services themselves, dependants of
veterans, or carers of veterans. Despite the political sensitivity
of how the state treats veterans, this new website boasts an
arsenal of targeted information, including service records,
military graves, and how to claim a war pension. Although there is
an ill-disciplined use of apostrophes, it stands to attention


This renovated site of the Lancashire
Children’s Rights Service – for and by children and young people
being looked after – is home to rooms of fun, advice and help. It
provides news (the council is to close six children’s homes and
children are offered help with the consultation) and information
(an “advocate” is someone that can help you have a say about your
life). This is a packed house worth visiting.


Despite the grave implications of its
initials, this Research In Practice site seeks to “bring busy child
care practitioners, managers and planners information about and
access to good services of research evidence”. They had better not
be too busy as I waited a lifetime for this site to move. But I
only had access to the open areas. Hopefully partners (at £9k
a time) or members (£3k) get to zip about at death-defying
speed. I can only applaud any attempt “to connect practice and
research” – I’d just wish they’d connect it a bit faster. Jazzy
logo, though.

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