Wednesday 4 August 2004

    By Amy Taylor, Shirley Kumar, Clare Jerrom and Alex

    Exhausted’ Jenkins says his name will
    be cleared

    Sion Jenkins proclaimed his innocence yesterday on his first day
    out on bail awaiting a retrial for allegedly murdering his foster
    daughter, Billie-Jo.

    Jenkins, a former headteacher, spent six years in jail before an
    appeal court ruled the evidence against him was unsafe.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 4 August page 2

    No-blame approach to bullies comes under attack

    The no blame policy used in some schools for dealing with bullies
    is leading to children being driven to anorexia, self-harm and
    truancy, Kidscape told the government.

    The no-blame policy is used by an estimated third of schools.

    Source:- The Independent Wednesday 4 August page 16

    Parents urged to run wild with their children

    Almost three quarters of parents claim to play with their children
    every day, although only a quarter of children say their parents
    know how.

    The survey, carried out by The Children’s Society and the
    Children’s Play, was to mark the national celebration of
    play, Playday.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 4 August page 10

    Fascination with fire kills boy, 5 and sister

    Philip Smith, a five-year-old boy who had a fascination with fire,
    killed himself and his younger sister after starting a blaze in his
    home in Leyton, East London, an inquest heard.

    The Walthamstow coroner recorded a verdict of accidental

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 4 August page 10

    Rachel died of heroin overdose – and alone

    Rachel Whitear, a 21-year-old drug addict who used to publicise the
    dangers of drugs, died of a heroin overdose and there was no foul
    play, police concluded.

    Whitear was found dead in her bedsit in Exmouth, Devon in May 2000
    still clutching a syringe. Questions over the original police
    investigation had resulted in a new inquiry.

    Source:- The Times Wednesday 4 August page 11

    Terror triplets run riot again

    Two of the triplets who served anti-social behaviour orders
    three-years ago have been terrorising shoppers again.

    Sarah and Natalie Morris, 15, have had new orders placed on them
    after running riot near their home in Strood, Kent. They made
    headlines with their brother in February 2001.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 4 August page

    Build homes for the elderly’

    Junior health minister Stephen Ladyman said Britain’s towns
    and houses must be designed to meet the demands of an increasingly
    elderly population.

    Building safety features would allow them to stay longer in their
    homes and save billions on care costs.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Wednesday 4 August page

    Traveller’s Map of Britain

    The idyllic sites being illegally developed…and blighting the
    lives of countless villagers

    Source:- Daily Mail Wednesday 4 August page 10

    Fury as diplomatic immunity law frees envoy accused of
    molesting girl, 11

    A Saudi Arabian diplomat accused of molesting an 11-year-old girl
    walked free due to diplomatic immunity laws last night.

    The 41-year-old official, who has not been named, was arrested on
    Sunday July 25 but he was released after London police got
    confirmation of his diplomatic status.

    He is accused of sexually assaulting the girl during a party at
    another country’s embassy but the police have no power due to
    the immunity laws.

    Child protection experts have called for reform of the laws.

    Source:- Daily Mail Wednesday August 4 page 25

    Setting the pace

    Brian Paddick is Britain’s highest ranking gay police
    officer. He tells Alison Benjamin why he is now patron of a
    counselling service for victims of homophobia and his new

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday4 August page 6

    Teenage clicks

    An online counselling service is proving to be a valuable safety
    net for young people with mental health problems in Stockport

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday4 August page 7

    Token effort

    The long holidays can be a dull time for deprived teenagers who
    can’t afford to go away, but a voucher scheme in Cornwall
    funds excursions that they organise for themselves

    Source:- SocietyGuardian Wednesday4 August page 8

    What can I do?

    After five years as a sports development officer, 27-year-old
    Louise wants to find a new job that will build on both her
    experience and her degree

    Source:-SocietyGuardian Wednesday 4 August page 80

    Scottish newspapers

    Feeding tube error led to boy’s death

    A disabled teenager died after “obvious” mistakes were
    made during routine treatment at a leading children’s

    Simon Dolan suffered blood poisoning after a feeding tube was
    refitted wrongly into his stomach at the Royal Hospital for Sick
    Children in Glasgow.

    In his written findings, Sheriff John Baird said the hospital had
    failed to take precautions whereby death could have been

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 4 August

    Jodi’s uncle takes his own life

    The uncle of murdered schoolgirl Jodi Jones has taken his own life,
    Lothian and Borders police have confirmed.

    A police source said the Jones family had been through a great deal
    following the death of the 14-year-old girl.

    There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Edward
    Jones’ death.

    Source:- The Scotsman  Wednesday 4 August

    Benefits staff in fear after slashing

    Staff at a social security office fear for their safety following a
    brutal knife attack on a man in the offices.

    A man was left with a deep gash on his cheek after he was slashed
    across his face with a craft knife at the benefits agency on Castle
    Terrace yesterday.

    No staff were injured during the attack but it has led to fresh
    fears over the removal of screens which separate staff from the

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 3 August

    Health chiefs told to abolish mixed wards

    Mixed sex wards should be abolished by the end of the year, health
    chiefs in the capital have been told.

    Thirteen of the remaining 21 mixed-sex wards in Scotland are at the
    Royal Edinburgh Hospital, according to the latest figures.

    The Scottish executive has said these must be abolished by December
    in order to improve the safety and privacy of patients at the
    psychiatric facility.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 3 August

    Extra £1/2m to help fight alcohol and drug abuse

    Half a million pounds of funding has been awarded to a project to
    improve the skills of professionals dealing with drug and alcohol

    Scottish Training on Drugs and Alcohol will receive almost
    £500,000 over three years. The move should hep thousands of
    social work and health professionals who provide drug and alcohol
    services to develop their skills, knowledge and expertise.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 3 August

    Teenage ‘stalker’ admits breaking ban

    A teenager has admitted breaching an antisocial behaviour order
    which banned him from large parts of a Lothian town.

    Dale Walker pleaded guilty to two breaches of an asbo at Linlithgow
    Sheriff Court yesterday. He was granted bail and sentencing has
    been deferred until October.

    Walker became the first person in Scotland to receive and asbo for
    stalking after allegedly targeting a girl and her family.

    Source:- Evening News  Tuesday 3 August

    Residents call for the removal of prostitutes’
    support unit

    Residents in a part of Scotland where a prostitute has been banned
    from working with a landmark antisocial behaviour order have called
    for the removal of the support group providing health back up for
    vice girls.

    The Scottish Prostitutes Education Project has been accused by the
    community of acting like “pimps” in the past in making
    it easy for women to solicit in Leith.

    Source:- The Herald  Wednesday 4 August

    Welsh newspapers

    Inmate death: Prison rapped

    A coroner’s jury has called on staff at Bridgend’s
    Parc Prison to make thorough searches to prevent inmates hoarding

    The warning came after 20-year-old Gary Jones died after taking a
    number of tranquillisers he had been hoarding.

    The jury found that Jones had not intended to take his own life and
    recorded a verdict of misadventure.

    Source:- South Wales Echo Tuesday 3 August page 11

    Troubleshooter takes action

    The woman brought in to help improve a troubled south Wales
    social services department said that the situation will gradually
    improve as restructuring takes place.

    Dr Sue Ross, interim director of Blaenau Gwent, said that one of
    the key problems in the department was gaps in the management
    structure and this was now being addressed.

    Source:- South Wales Argus Tuesday 3 August page 4

    Welsh parents the most playful as childhood

    Four out of five parents in Wales play with their children every
    day, more than anywhere else in the UK, according to a survey from
    the Children’s Society. The report found that 82 per cent of
    Welsh parents said they played with their children on a daily

    Source:- Western Mail Wednesday 4 August page 9



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