Round up of the week
Round up of the news from the week beginning 24
The joint committee on human rights published a report calling
for the government to amend the Mental Capacity Bill to prevent the
unlawful detention of people who lack the capacity to resist.
Deputy prime minister John Prescott launched the ODPM’s
five-year plan in which the department pledged to halve the number
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people living in temporary accommodation by 2010 and make effective
provision for gypsies and travellers.
A Home Office study revealed that one in four 14-17-year-olds
admit to being a serious or prolific offender.
The work and pensions select committee published a report
branding the Child Support Agency a failure and calling for it to
be scrapped if it could not improve significantly.
At Community Care Live Children and Families director of
the safe-guarding children group Althea Efunshile insisted that the
proposed new scheme for preventing unsuitable people from working
with children will be more than just a register of banned
individuals. At the same time, the children’s commissioner for
Scotland Kathleen Marshall pledged to look at the way asylum seeker
children whose claims have failed are deported.
National statistics revealed that there were 3,700 children
adopted in the year ending 31 March 2004, which was a 37 per cent
rise from 1999-2000.