Young prosper in stable family, says Hutton

Young prosper in stable family, says Hutton
Children are more likely to prosper if they are brought up in a stable family with two parents, a senior Labour minister declared yesterday.
John Hutton, the work and pensions secretary, said it was vital that people did not ignore the growing evidence that showed the benefits of being raised by two parents.
Source:- Daily Telegraph, Saturday 16 September 2006, page 8

Nursery owner in court over child on ‘naughty step’
A  nursery owner with more than two decades’ experience appeared in court yesterday on an assault charge after she used a technique inspired by the television show Supernanny to discipline a child in her care
Source:- The Times, Saturday 16 September 2006, page 9

Labour’s child poverty drive is flawed, says its own adviser
£3bn Sure Start scheme’s aim is “implausible” and its success “impossible to check”, says Sir Michael Rutter, a professor of developmental psycho-pathology at King’s College London.
Source: The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 17 September 2006, page 12

Thousands looking after children without criminal record checks
Thousands of people working with children in schools across the country have not undergone criminal record checks
Source:- The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 17 September 2006, page 4

Have a say on health, ministers urged. Then they turned a deaf ear
A £1 million public consultation into the health and social care white paper Your Health Your Say has been exposed as a “sham” by an official government evaluation into the landmark project.
Source:- The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 17 September 2006, page 6

Don’t prosecute children under 14, says top adviser
Thousands of young criminals should be spared incarceration according to a proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 by Rob Allen, head of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies.
Source:- The Sunday Times, Sunday 17 September 2006, page 4

No refuge, No shelter
There is a secret scandal in the health service affecting some of Britain’s most vulnerable patients. As the NHS struggles with ever-increasing debt, Jo Revil reveals that it is the mentally ill who see services slashed and help withdrawn
Source:-The Observer, Sunday 17 September 2006, page 25

East European children at UK schools double in a year
The number of eastern European children in English schools has doubled in just a year. Local authorities say resources are stretched by new arrivals.
Source:- The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 17 September 2006, page 8

Reckless managers jeopardise public sector IT projects
Too many government IT projects fail because public sector managers have “a reckless streak” become “dazzled by the potential of the technology”, according to a report from the Work Foundation.
Source:- Financial Times, Monday 18 September 2006, page 2

Drugs arrest study sparks racism claim
Black people are more likely to face criminal charges when caught carrying cannabis than white people, according to a Scotland Yard study.
Source:- The Guardian, Monday 18 September 2006, page 1

Outcry after former prisoner with brain tumour sent from care home to jail
A former prisoner who is dying from a brain tumour has been recalled to jail for swearing at staff at a care home it emerged yesterday.
Source:- The Guardian, Monday 18 September 2006, page 13

Unsocial work hours ‘damage 9 in 10 families’
Children are missing out on crucial time reading, playing and eating with their parents, according to a study published today that reveals nine out of 10 families suffer from unsocial working hours.
Source:- Daily Telegraph, Monday 18 September 2006, page 10

Scottish news

12-year-olds caught dealing drugs in city
Children as young as 12 have been caught dealing drugs in the Lothians, new figures have revealed.
Over the past three years, Lothian & Borders police have caught 13 children aged 12 who have been supplying illegal drugs in and around Edinburgh.
The figures also show that the force picked up a nine-year-old boy in Livingston for possessing drugs and, in total, has caught 179 youngsters supplying drugs and a further 691 for possessing them.
Source:- The Scotsman, Saturday 16 September 2006

Lease scheme provides roofs for homeless
A council scheme has secured accommodation for 573 homeless households in Edinburgh during its first year.
The Private Sector Leasing project more than doubled its target of 250.
Source:- The Scotsman, Saturday 16 September 2006

Children’s commissioner: we need a national debate on parental paranoia
The children’s commissioner for Scotland has called for a national debate on parental paranoia, days after a group of influential academics and authors alleged that modern childhood is “toxic” and filling youngsters with a “junk culture”.
Professor Kathleen Marshall told the Sunday Herald that years of scare stories about paedophilia and child abductions have frightened parents into making outside spaces virtual no-go areas for children.
She said: “We have to allow children to play and accept that there is an element of risk about it. One of the perhaps sad things about society today is that some children will have been brought up never knowing outside.”
Source:- Herald on Sunday, 17 September 2006

40% rise in number of girls caught up in crime
The number of girls involved in crime has increased by more than 40% in five years.
More than 4200 female offenders were referred to Scotland’s children’s hearings system in 2005-06, new figures have revealed. That is up from fewer than 3000 in 2000-01.
The rise in crime among girls is putting a strain on the children’s hearing system and social work departments.
Source:- The Herald, Monday 18 September 2006

Blueprint to protect child witnesses still not in place
Children are still being subjected to appearing in court because measures intended to protect young witnesses have failed, according to a Scotsman investigation.
It found a raft of recommendations to support children in court have not been introduced, five years after they were promised. Many of the 44 recommendations made by a working group commissioned by the then lord advocate have not been put in place.
Source:- The Scotsman, Monday 18 September 2006

Welsh news

Councillors ‘took eyes off ball’
A £5.9m forecasted overspend on adult social services in Cardiff has been blamed on councillors “taking their eye off the ball.”
Richard Cook, an opposition Labour councillor, said that the council knew of extra forthcoming costs in adult social care but had failed to made adequate plans to deal with them.
Source:- South Wales Echo, Saturday 16 September 2006 

Care home will close unless more money is provided, owners warn
Care home owners have warned that homes could close in Carmarthenshire unless funding for the independent sector is increased.
Care Forum Wales, the members association for the independent care sector in Wales, said that increases in fees given to independent care sector homes in the area was much lower than the increases given to council-run homes.
Source:- Western Mail, Sunday 17 September 2006




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