Wednesday 14 July 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Clare Jerrom and Alex Dobson

    Judge spared jail sentence over child porn on
    computer

    A crown court judge has escaped a prison sentence after admitting
    downloading pornographic images of boys.

    David Selwood was caught by an American investigation that
    uncovered 7,000 people who had handed their credit card details to
    an internet child pornography site. He was arrested when the FBI
    gave his details to British police

    Selwood retired on the grounds of ill-health shortly before he was
    formally charged.

    He received a 12-month community rehabilitation sentence.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 14 July page 21

    Children call for chat rooms to be shut down

    Children have called for internet chat rooms to be shut down in
    order to protect them from paedophiles, according to a new
    report.

    The study, by the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI),
    also found that the children’s main concerns included
    abduction, bullying, drugs and road safety.

    It covered 25 groups of youngsters including looked after children
    and those who attend boarding schools about their concerns.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 14 July page
    10

    Scotland Yard changes tack over investigating baby
    deaths

    Scotland Yard is changing the way suspicious baby deaths
    are investigated it has emerged.

    Under the new plans, detectives from the Met’s child
    protection unit will lead murder investigations when parents and
    carers are suspected of killing babies. Currently the cases are
    covered by general homicide squads.

    The move is a response to miscarriages of justice involving mother
    wrongly accused of killing their children.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 14 July page 4

    Missing family turns up

    A couple, who went missing from their Cardiff home with their four
    children two weeks ago, have turned up.

    The parents were arrested on suspicion of neglect after the
    family’s disappearance but were released without charge last
    night after appearing on a campsite in south-west England.

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 14 July page 6

    As childcare dream comes true, the backlash begins

    Jackie Ashley meets a triumphant Margaret Hodge, the minister for
    children

    Source:- The Guardian Wednesday 14 July page 9

    Equality body finds internal race bias

    The Commission for Racial Equality has accused itself of internal
    race bias after discovering black and Asian employees were being
    discriminated against.

    It found that Indian workers are more likely to have disciplinary
    action taken against them and black employees are 10 per cent less
    likely to be promoted.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 14 July page 9

    Childish argument

    Norman Glass, the ‘godfather’ of the Sure Start
    programme, talks to Alison Benjamin about scare stories in the
    media, the childcare he chose for his own family, and whether the
    government’s proposals to expand its early years strategy go
    far enough.

    Source:- SocietyGuardian  Wednesday 14 July page 2

    Different strokes

    The NHS and successive Labour governments have failed dismally to
    recognise the distinct needs of black and ethnic minority patients.
    John Reid and Trevor Phillips propose a way forward

    Source:- SocietyGuardian  Wednesday 14 July page 6

    Parental guidance

    Margaret Hodge, the children’s minister, is impressed by
    the Family Links approach to parenting. Alison Benjamin reports on
    an ideal candidate for Guardian Public Services Award

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 14 July page 7

    Bevan’s baby

    As first minister for Wales, Rhodri Morgan doesn’t share Tony
    Blair’s view that choice is the best route to quality in
    public services.

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 14 July page 8

    The perfect cure

    A back-to-work scheme for people claiming incapacity benefit is
    succeeding where the government has failed.

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 14 July page 10

    The quiet revolution

    When the first 10 hospitals were granted foundation status earlier
    this year, it was trumpeted as a major shakeup of health delivery.
    David Walker assesses their first 100 days of autonomy

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 14 July page 14

    What else can I do?

    This week, Debbie Andalo has career advice for Mark, who
    is looking for his next challenge in the regeneration sector after
    working for a council for three years.

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday 14 July page 112

    Scottish newspapers

    Brown backs down after Scots job cuts

    Chancellor Gordon Brown yesterday withdrew any suggestion that Jack
    McConnell will be forced to axe civil service jobs.

    According to the Treasury, the chancellor had been
    “extrapolating” when he suggested that 20,000 jobs
    would be shed by the devolved administrations and English local
    authorities to help him reach a 90,000 target.

    But civil service unions warned that they believe 8,000 jobs could
    still vanish from Whitehall departments with bases in
    Scotland.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 14 July

    Prison officers face jail sentence

    Two prison officers are facing imprisonment after being convicted
    of planting heroin on an inmate.

    Dai Allen ordered junior officer John Robertson to hide the drug in
    Steven Little’s belonging so he could get the remand prisoner
    “properly this time”. However, a colleague at
    Kilmarnock’s Bowhouse prison reported his suspicions.

    Lord MacFadzean deferred sentencing until next month.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 14 July

    £7m drive to fight poverty

    Edinburgh Council has received £7.1 million from a new fund
    designed to improve Scotland’s most deprived areas.

    The community regeneration fund will combine and replace existing
    programmes such as social inclusion partnerships. A total of
    £104 million will work on six anti-poverty initiatives,
    including regenerating the most deprived neighbourhoods and
    improving the health of those in disadvantaged areas.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 13 July

    Inquiry will investigate council over collapsed child abuse
    case

    The Western Isles Council’s handling of a child abuse inquiry
    which collapsed is to be assessed by independent experts, it was
    announced yesterday.

    The Crown Office announced earlier this month that it was dropping
    the case against seven people as there was insufficient evidence to
    prosecute.

    Six men and a woman appeared at Inverness sheriff court in October
    accused of sex offences.

    Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 14 July

    Welsh newspapers

    Bailiffs now ready to evict travellers

    A group of gypsies are to be evicted from a site near Newport in
    south Wales.

    They moved to the site at Tredegar House after leaving what has
    been described as a scene of devastation at another site. There is
    now concern that they may still be occupying the area when the
    planned Eisteddfod opens at the end of the month.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Tuesday 13 July page 5

    Pressure on beds easing

    The number of patients blocking beds in Gwent has fallen by almost
    20 per cent since March.

    But because the problem of delayed discharge is difficult to tackle
    and many beds are still blocked, health chiefs remain cautious over
    the progress made so far.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Tuesday 13 July page 11

    Politicians join call for inquiry into boy’s death
    after rare disease undiagnosed

    Senior Welsh politicians have joined the call for an inquiry into
    the death of a 10-year-old boy who died after a treatable condition
    went undiagnosed.

    Brecon and Radnor liberal democrat MP Roger Williams and
    conservative Nick Bourne AM said an inquiry into the circumstances
    surrounding the death of Robbie Powell, who died in 1990, needs to
    be held so that the truth can be established.

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 14 July page 2

     

     

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