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

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

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

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

Race relations chief fight for right to have unequal

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 22 July

Enterprise post for executive social work

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

Source:- The Herald  Monday 22 July

Judge will tour segregation units as prisoners mount

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

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

Source:- The Herald  Thursday 22 July

Public at odds with ministers on youth

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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