Friday 4 June 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Shirley Kumar, Clare Jerrom and Alex
    Dobson

    British school children lead the world in sex, drugs and
    alcohol

    Dietary habits of British school children are the worst in the
    western world, reveals the World Health Organisation.

    Based on surveys of around 160,000 children in 35 countries,
    British children live on snacks, eat no fruit and vegetables and
    drink large amounts of alcohol.

    The children also led the world in use of drugs and sex before they
    are 15 years old.

    Source: The Times, June 4, page 1

    Homeless miss more school

    Thousands of children who are living in temporary housing
    miss more than 10 weeks of school a year, according to a new study
    by homeless charity Shelter.

    The report states that an unprecedented 100,000 families are living
    in temporary accommodation.

    Almost half of the 400 respondents said that their children were
    “often unhappy or depressed”.

    Source: The Guardian, Friday, June 4, page 10

    Scottish newspapers

    New drug offers hope on treatment of hyperactive
    children

    A new drug could help thousands of severely hyperactive
    children in the UK, doctors claimed yesterday.

    Atomoxetine is the first non-stimulant therapy for attention
    deficit hyperactivity disorder thought to affect 500,000 children.
    The launch of the product is likely to reignite the debate about
    whether drugs should be used to control the condition.

    Source: The Herald, Friday 4 June

    How councils stop parents helping

    Volunteers for minor roles such as helping out at schools
    fetes are likely to be deterred because of an insistence on police
    checks, a parents’ body has warned.

    The Scottish Parliament’s education committee’s inquiry
    into child protection has been warned that the disclosure system is
    not being used as intended when it came into operation and delays
    are being built into the system because unnecessary checks are
    being requested.

    The Scottish Parent Teacher Council said anecdotal evidence showed
    parents were reluctant to become involved in school activities
    because of the difficulties involved in carrying out disclosure
    checks.

    Source: The Herald  Friday 4 June

    Nursery nurses go back to work

    Nursery nurses in Glasgow voted to return to work last night as
    they were threatened with dismissal.

    Glasgow Council issued the ultimatum earlier that bought the
    14-week strike to an end. Fife Council announced that it had
    settled an agreement with staff leaving just Borders and Orkney to
    reach a settlement out of Scotland’s 32 local
    authorities.

    Source: The Herald, Friday 4 June

    Scots care-home owners ‘forced out of
    business’

    Care homeowners have criticised the funding levels provided by
    the Scottish Executive.

    Scottish Care, the body which represents private care-home owners
    in Scotland, produced a cost of care report which has been
    independently audited by the Scottish Local Authority Management
    Centre.

    The organisation claims that when it submitted its report to the
    executive, it was ignored and the group was told there would be no
    funding available above the level already agreed.

    Scottish Care’s members claim they are being forced to pay
    for improvements and deal with a current funding shortfall with no
    extra money.

    Source: The Scotsman, Friday 4 June

    Arrests in child porn raids

    Police were questioning around 100 people last night in conjunction
    with an investigation into the distribution of child
    pornography.

    Officers from all eight police forces and the Scottish Drug
    Enforcement Agency were involved in the raids which were carried
    out at homes across Scotland as part of Operation Falcon.

    Source: The Scotsman  Friday 4 June

    Support school axed

    A school designed to reintegrate excluded pupils into mainstream
    classes is set to be axed.

    Pupils, including some children on Edinburgh’s at risk
    register, will be returned to mainstream education or sent to
    special schools after the Craigroyston School House facility closes
    next month.

    Staff and opposition councillors slammed the move claiming it could
    cause long-term problems for the children at the school, which has
    been educating vulnerable pupils for 20 years.

    Source: Evening News, Thursday 3 June

    Barnardo’s seeking donations of time

    Barnardo’s Scotland has urged people from Edinburgh and
    the Lothians to sign up as volunteers.

    The charity’s shops across the city have been running open
    days throughout this week as part of Volunteer Week.

    Source: Evening News  Thursday 3 June

    Helpline calls the shots for elderly

    The first dedicated telephone helpline for older people in
    Scotland was launched in Edinburgh this week.

    The helpline will provide advice on issues including benefits, age
    discrimination, housing and health issues.

    The advice line will be run by Age Concern with funding from the
    Scottish executive of £125,000.

    Source: Evening News, Thursday 3 June

    New mayor ditched over racism row

    Swansea has dropped its lord mayor elect following a row over
    remarks he made about Bangladeshi immigration in an election
    leaflet.

    Councillor Richard Lewis was to have been inaugurated on June 18
    but following a decision by all five political groups on the local
    authority to complain about alleged racist remarks to the local
    government ombudsman, the city council have decided against the
    appointment.

    Source: Western Mail Friday 4 June page1

    Social factors in breast cancer

    Women from deprived areas of the UK are more likely to have
    advanced breast cancer by the time they are diagnosed, according to
    new research.

    Researchers from the Leeds and Newcastle Universities say that
    educational programmes need to be targeted at women from poorer
    backgrounds to help close the inequality gap in breast cancer
    care.

    Source: Western Mail, Friday 4 June, page 3

    Campaign to help parents learn first aid

    A survey has found that more than eight out of ten parents do
    not have a grasp of basic first aid techniques that could help save
    the life of a child.

    The poll carried out by Mother and Baby magazine found that 84 per
    cent of mothers and fathers in Wales did not know simple medical
    skills such as what to do in the event of a burn or if their child
    suffered a fall. But in the future parents can learn basic skills
    at their local supermarket as Tesco’s are supporting a
    campaign run by the magazine that will offer first-aid courses at
    stores across the country.

    Source: Western Mail, Friday 4 June, page 6

     

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