A daily summary of social care stories from the main newspapers

By David Callaghan and Reg McKay.

Children’s charity role for Booth

Cherie Booth, the prime minister’s wife, has been appointed
president of Barnardo’s filling a post vacant since the death of
Diana, Princess of Wales.

Her appointment coincided with the release of two reports from
the charity which show that children in care are 10 times more
likely to be excluded from school and only 4 per cent gain five
GCSE passes.

Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 18 September page 13

Church vows to pursue child abuse priests

The Roman Catholic Church has pledged to deal with accusations
of child abuse by tightening its procedures for investigation.

The move follows a set of recommendations issued by an
independent committee chaired by Lord Nolan. Parishes and all
religious orders will be required to appoint child protection
officers to monitor and investigate allegations of abuse. Criminal
records for all candidates for the priesthood and lay workers must
be checked.

Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 18 September page 12

Care hit by staff shortages, say nurses

Two thirds of NHS nurses say staffing levels at hospitals and
clinics are insufficient to meet patient needs. The finding was
revealed in a Royal College of Nursing survey of 6,000 nurses.

Source:- The Guardian Tuesday 18 September page 12

Pregnant at 11? It’s one of those things, says

A girl of 11 from Hull, who has become pregnant after having
regular sex with a 13-year-old boy, will give birth in

Source:- Daily Mail Tuesday 18 September page 24

Scottish newspapers

Princes to visit Sighthill

Prince William and his father, the Prince of Wales, are to visit
the Sighthill area of Glasgow on Friday to meet local people and
asylum seekers. The visit comes a month after asylum seeker, Firsat
Dag, was murdered on the streets of Sighthill. The visit will
centre on local projects funded by the Prince’s Trust which
is considering investing more money into the area.

Source:- The Scotsman Tuesday 18 September page 7

SNP warning over free personal care

The Scottish National Party yesterday warned Westminster not to
“undermine” the will of the Scottish parliament over its plans to
introduce free personal care.

The SNP’s reaction follows reports that the department of
work and pensions headed by Alistair Darling might not agree to
keep paying £55 a week attendance allowances to those
receiving additional help from the Scottish executive towards their
personal care. The care development group’s report
recommended that attendance allowance should continue with the
executive contributing an additional £90 per week towards the
average costs of personal care of £145 per week. If
Westminster withholds attendance allowance it will leave a £20
million hole in the executive’s financial calculations.

Source:- The Herald Tuesday 18 September page 8



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