Thursday 22 July

    By Amy Taylor, Clare Jerrom and Alex Dobson

    Divorce plan puts children first

    Measures designed to tackle disputes over children between
    separated or divorced parents before they become unable to be
    resolved were announced by the government yesterday.

    The measures, contained in a consultation paper, will mean parents
    who apply for court orders will be sent to in-court conciliation to
    work out their parenting plans.

    Source:- The Guardian, Thursday, July 22, page 5

    Public money subsidises leaflet giving drug users tips
    on how to take cocaine

    Drugs booklets paid for with £10,000 of public money have been
    destroyed after it gave cocaine users tips on how not to leave any
    traces of their drug use.

    The booklets, produced by Coventry Community Safety Partnership
    (CCSP) and funded by the Department of Health, says that users
    should snort cocaine off ceramic tiles and mirrors to avoid leaving
    any evidence for the police. It also warns that traces of the drug
    will be left behind if other surfaces are used.

    Source:- The Guardian, Thursday, July 22, page 5

    Health secretary pledges to reduce NHS
    targets

    Primary care trusts and hospitals will be given greater freedom to
    address local priorities under government plans to slash NHS
    targets.

    John Reid, the health secretary, said national targets would be cut
    from its current number of 62 to 20. There were 108 targets when
    the NHS plan was introduced in 2000.

    There will be a specific commitment to tackle racial discrimination
    by addressing the problems in accessing health care faced by ethnic
    minorities.

    Source:- The Guardian, Thursday, July 22, page 11


    Race relations chief fight for right to have unequal
    treatment

    Chiefs at the Commission for Racial Equality have vowed to fight
    government plans to merge the body into a single equality
    body.

    A white paper in May proposed the creation of an Equality and Human
    Rights Commission incorporating race, gender, disability, age and
    religion. It would be the body anyone facing discrimination should
    go to.

    Source:- The Times, Thursday, July 22, page 1

    Social services criticised over Huntley

    Warning bells that Soham murder Ian Huntley was having sex with
    underage girls should have rung for social workers, police and
    teachers, reveals Sir Christopher Kelly’s investigation into
    North-east Lincolnshire social services.

    Dealings with Huntley detailed 11 cases which he said amounted to a
    history of serial sexual exploitation.

    Source:- The Independent, July 22, page 8

    Time to get tough with the violent racist yobs that
    shame Britain

    Youngsters are out of control because of Britain’s soft touch
    on dealing with crime, said chief constable of Nottinghamshire,
    Steve Green.

    Green said the criminal justice system protects young criminals
    instead of punishing them and highlighted government figures which
    show a 12 per cent rise in violent crime.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, July 22, page 4


    Police question the father who forget he’d left his baby girl
    in the Jaguar overnight

    A father has been arrested on suspicion of child neglect after
    leaving his daughter in a car overnight.

    Robin Spandler, allegedly went drinking and caught a cab home,
    leaving his six week old baby Lilly in the back of his car in the
    club’s car park.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, July 22, page 5

    Squatters demand £1,000 to quit the home that widow
    of 81 needs desperately to sell

    Squatters demanded £1,000 to leave 81 year-old Iris Davies
    home so she can sell it to pay for her nursing home fees.

    Iola McQueen, her six-week-old son and boyfriend Chris Davis took
    over the empty property a week before it was due to be sold.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, July 22, page 17

    Teen abortions rise 5 per cent

    Around 3,700 girls under 16 had abortions last year in England and
    Wales.

    The government statistics show the number of girls seeking
    termination in 2003 rose by 5.4 per cent.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, July 22, page 2

    Blind are being led by the blind, says crime study

    Scientists investigating the health of guide dogs say the blind are
    leading the blind.

    A new study shows one in 10 working guide dogs is seriously short
    sighted.

    Source:- The Telegraph, July 22, page 3

     

    Scottish newspapers

    Councils’ spending habits reviewed

    The Audit Commission yesterday urged Scottish councils to work with
    the private sector to improve the way taxpayers’ money is
    being spent.

    The call came after Scotland’s spending watchdog warned some
    local authorities were not doing enough to tackle fraud and ensure
    value for money.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 22 July

    Pre-school education at all-time high

    The level of pre-school education in Scotland has hit an all time
    high, according to Scottish executive figures released
    yesterday.

    All four year olds and 85 per cent of three-year-olds have enrolled
    in some form of early years care.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Thursday 22 July

    Chatroom paedophile locked up for attack

    A paedophile, who molested a teenage girl after meeting her in an
    internet chatroom for teenagers, has been jailed for four and a
    half years.

    Guy Evans picked up the 13-year-old girl in his van in a lay-by and
    abused her. Following his arrest, 171 indecent images were found on
    his computer.

    Source:- Evening News  Wednesday 21 July

    New alert over net porn’s perils for
    children

    Campaigners yesterday warned parents to be extra vigilante after a
    survey showed more than half children surfing the internet at least
    once a week have come into pornography.

    The London School of Economics and Political Science study found 57
    per cent of nine to 19-year-olds who go online at least once a week
    have come into contact with pornography, almost half had given out
    personal information and a third have received unwanted
    messages.

    Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 22 July

    Enterprise post for executive social work
    chairman

    The recently appointed chair of the Scottish executive’s 21st
    century social work group was yesterday named the new chair of the
    Highlands and Islands enterprise.

    William Rose is to succeed Jim Hunter as the HIE chair from 1st
    September.

    Source:- The Herald  Monday 22 July

    Judge will tour segregation units as prisoners mount
    challenge

    A female judge is to tour Scotland’s most notorious jails
    after five prisoners complained that segregating and isolating
    prisoners for their behaviour is inhumane.

    The five are seeking damages in an action which, if successful,
    could result in a flood of litigation. They claim detention in
    segregation was incompatible with the European Convention on Human
    Rights because they were subjected to degrading treatment.

    Source:- The Herald Thursday 22 July

    Children’s hearing system wins strong
    support

    Scotland should retain its unique children’s hearing system,
    according to submissions to the Scottish-executive commissioned
    consultation on the issue.

    Eighty per cent of the 1500 respondents supported keeping the
    system. There was strong backing for the system’s underlying
    principles, but concerns over its ability to deliver effective
    support.

    Source:- The Herald  Thursday 22 July

    Public at odds with ministers on youth
    crime

    The Scottish Council Foundation has warned that public attitudes
    are at odds with a drive by ministers to tackle youth crime and
    antisocial behaviour.

    Two reports by the independent think-tank indicate that the public
    wants the system to be fair to the victim and offenders rather than
    more punitive.

    The group recommends court judgements are accompanied by a
    “statement of fairness”, explaining why the sentence is
    appropriate to that particular offender, in order to increase
    public confidence in the criminal justice system.

    Source:- The Herald  Thursday 22 July

    Welsh newspapers

    High cost of sickness

    Sickness among staff is costing the NHS in Cardiff
    £1m a month. Health managers are now targeting the levels of
    sickness among the 11,000 staff of the Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust.
    Plans to help tackle sickness levels in Cardiff include working
    more closely with trade unions and extending staff counselling
    services to help workers who may be suffering from stress.

    Source South Wales Echo Wednesday 21 July page 11

    ‘Eight time superbug victim’

    A welsh grandmother is planning to go abroad for a hip
    operation after claiming that she contracted MRSA eight times in
    hospital in Wales.

    Marjorie Evans, who is now confined to a wheelchair says that she
    is terrified of going back to hospital in Wales, after she says
    first contracting the superbug in 1978.

    Source Western Mail Thursday 22 July page 1

    ‘No Travellers’ sign highlights need for
    stronger action

    More needs to be done to stamp out racist attitudes towards
    gipsies and travellers in Wales, according to the Commission for
    Racial Equality.

    The comments came after a launderette in the seaside town of Barry
    in south Wales was condemned for having a ‘No
    Travellers’ sign in its window. Chris Matte, director of the
    Welsh branch of the CRE said the agency was aiming to stamp out
    such forms of discrimination.

    Source Western Mail Thursday 22 July page 6

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