Wednesday 30 June 2004

    By Shirley Kumar, Amy Taylor and Sally

    Pregnant teenagers live in different worlds: the
    affluent have an abortion the poor have a baby

    Teenagers in some parts of the country are four times more
    likely to have an abortion than those living in poorer areas,
    according to a new report.

    The study, carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, finds
    that almost half of pregnant girls aged between 15 and 17 choose to
    have abortions.

    Eight out of 10 of the areas with the highest percentage of
    abortions are in the South and the Home Counties.

    Source:- The Times, Wednesday 30 June, page 5

    Police give witness names to Kieran murder

    The names of the witnesses to the murder of 15-year-old Kieran
    Rodney have been accidentally revealed to the boys accused of the
    crime by the police.

    The blunder was exposed when the two 16-year-olds appeared at
    Uxbridge Youth Court in West London.

    Kieran was murdered a week ago when he was robbed for his mobile
    phone in Fulham, South West London.

    Source:- Daily Mail, Wednesday 30 June, page 19

    Boy 9 dies in London house fire

    Police are investigating the death of nine-year-old Jefe Okobia,
    who died in a suspected arson attack while his mother was out
    working a night shift.

    His sister, Yorhe, aged 13, escaped from the house in Forest
    Hill, south east London, where a separate arson attacked had been
    attempted a fortnight earlier.

    Source:- The Guardian, Wednesday 30 June, page 11

    Why smacking is the only answer

    A columnist reflects thoughtfully on this week’s hot
    topic: the smacking of children

    Source:- The Independent Review, Wednesday 30 June,
    page 4

    Manor from heaven

    Even on a reasonable wage, many people struggle to afford high
    rents. But an innovative new concept enables nurses, teachers and
    social workers to live in short-lease ‘des-res’
    accommodation – without paying through the nose.

    Source:- Society Guardian, June 30, page 2

    Tough Sentences

    Anne Owers, the chief inspector of prisons, is determined to
    keep her role independent despite a merger with the probation

    Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 30 June, page

    Room for improvement

    Katharine Quarmby reports on an adoption project that gives
    birth parents with problems the opportunity to turn their lives
    around and have their child returned

    Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 30 June, page

    Conquering the divide

    While services for children, such as Sure Start, make progress
    in urban areas, how adept are they at tackling the problems faced
    by rural areas?

    Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 30 June, page

    The blame game

    Social workers have claimed that they are being made scapegoats
    over the Ian Huntley affair as a result of Sir Michael
    Bichard’s condemnation of vetting procedures

    Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 30 June, page

    Fear in the Fens

    As England crashed out of Euro 2004, the quiet market town of
    Boston was rocked by riots – which are thought to have been
    racially motivated.

    Source:- Society Guardian, Wednesday 30 June, page

    End of an era

    A look at the power shift in local government after
    Labour’s poor performance in this month’s council

    Source: Society Guardian, Wednesday 30 June, page

    Scottish News

    Girls in deprived areas less likely to have

    The proportion of teenage girls whose pregnancies end in
    abortion varies widely across the United Kingdom, new research has

    In Scotland, the proportion of abortions among the 13-19 age
    group ranged from 49 per cent in Grampian and 45 per cent in
    Lothian to 32 per cent in Shetland. In England and Wales, where
    figures cover 15-17 year olds, the average was 44 per cent.

    Source: The Scotsman, Wednesday 30 June

    Aberdeen plans ‘one-stop’ centre for drug

    NHS Grampian yesterday announced controversial plans to
    establish a centre of expertise in the heart of Aberdeen, offering
    drug addicts a ‘one-stop-shop’ for treatment. The
    £1m facility will, for the first time, unite a range of
    services under one roof, offering heroin and crack-cocaine addicts
    counselling, advice and methadone treatment at a single

    Source: The Scotsman, Wednesday 30 June

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