Tuesday 6 July 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Alex Dobson and Clare
    Jerrom

    Parents can smack, but not too hard

    Peers have voted against an outright ban on smacking in the House
    of Lords yesterday instead allowing parents to carry out moderate
    punishment.

    The government had warned that an outright ban could lead to
    parents who smacked their children in the heat of the moment being
    criminalised.

    The compromise allows parents in England and Wales to administer
    “mild” smacks but removed the defence of
    “reasonable chastisement”.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, July 6, Tuesday, page
    1

    “The penny dropped he was the killer”

    The former wife of the headmaster jailed for killing his foster
    daughter spoke of when it dawned on her that her husband was the
    murderer.

    Speaking at the Court of Appeal Lois Jenkins, 43, said that when
    she was told that spots of blood had been found on her
    husband’s clothing she was not sure for definite that he was
    guilty but that after “a process…the penny dropped and
    everything began to slot in.”

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, July 6,Tuesday, page 1

    Free care “should be given to all
    toddlers”

    Childcare for children under-3 should be free, according to a new
    children’s services thinktank launched today.

    Capacity argues that the government much provide more support to
    families if it is to justify it claims to regard childcare as a
    priority in their policy making.

    The thinktank’s board is chaired by Norman Glass, a creator
    of the government’s Sure Start programme.

    Source:- The Guardian, July 6, Tuesday, page 9

    Scottish newspapers

    Calls to abolish short prison terms

    Prison sentences of less than a year could be scrapped under plans
    by the Scottish Prison Service to reduce overcrowding and high
    re-offending rates.

    The SPS believes short-term prison terms are ineffective and
    expensive and instead those offenders would receive community
    sentences.

    In a submission to the Scottish executive consultation on reducing
    re-offending, the SPS said the rapid growth of the prisoner
    population could also be curbed by capping the total population and
    forcing offenders to wait in a queuing system for a place to serve
    their sentence, as happens in Iceland.

    Source:- The Herald  Tuesday 6 July

    Review of care home guidance on fires
    urged

    An early review on fire safety in care homes was urged last
    night.

    Scottish Care, the organisation representing care home owners,
    called for all-part talks over the issue.

    There is mounting concern over new practices which advises all
    bedroom doors are kept shut at all times to prevent any fires
    spreading. However, the policy is leaving many older residents
    feeling isolated and depressed.

    Source:- The Herald  Tuesday 6 July

    Family’s anger at care homes fire rule

    A family have slammed the way older residents are being forced to
    live behind closed doors following the fire t an Uddingston care
    home which killed 14 older residents.

    A safety drive across Scotland means care homes need to routinely
    keep doors shut in a bid to prevent any possible fires spreading
    throughout the building.

    But the family of Margaret O’Riordan, who died last week just
    three months after the measures were introduced, have slammed the
    practice. They claim the practice had a medical effect on the woman
    and the isolation meant she lost the will to live.

    Source:- Evening News  Monday 5 July

    Social workers pull out of threat to strike

    A planned strike by social workers to campaign against moves to
    split the Edinburgh social work department in half has been called
    off.

    A ballot of union members supported the call for a half-day
    walk-put over the recent departmental shake up but just 15 per cent
    turned out.

    Shop stewards have now agreed to accept the recommendations of
    union leaders that they should not strike further given the low
    vote.

    Source:- Evening News  Monday 5 July

    OAPs’ day centre is facing axe

    A popular day centre for vulnerable older people is under threat as
    a result of a funding crisis.

    Backers of the Dove Centre have warned that two of the three
    remaining staff could face the axe by August, after the
    co-ordinator was made redundant.

    Organisers fear that unless £40,000 in funding is found by the
    end of the summer, the centre will have to scale down its services
    dramatically or close altogether.

    Source:- Evening News  Monday 5 July

    Welsh newspapers

    Computer porn charge hell of innocent families

    An investigation by a TV documentary claims that innocent
    people in Wales are being wrongly accused of having indecent images
    of children on their home computers.

    The programme to be shown tonight on S4C says that unsolicited
    pornographic pictures can arrive on computer hard drives as a
    result of computer viruses.

    Source Western Mail Tuesday 6 July page 1

    Dad goes online for inquiry

    The father of a 10-year-old boy, who died after doctors
    missed a treatable illness, is launching an internet campaign for
    an independent public inquiry into his death.

    There have been a series of investigations into Robbie
    Powell’s death from Addison’s disease and now his
    father, Will, has launched a petition via the internet which he
    eventually hopes to hand over to the Welsh Assembly.

    Source: Western Mail Tuesday 6 July page 3

    Peers’ smacking Bill failure blow

    The failure of the peers in the House of Lords to ban
    smacking outright, has come as a major blow to politicians and
    charities in Wales.

    The Welsh assembly was the first body in the UK to call for a total
    ban on smacking and minister for children, Jane Hutt, said that
    smacking was not an acceptable way to discipline children.

    Source Western Mail Tuesday 6 July page 6

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