Thursday 20 January 2005

    by Maria Ahmed, Clare Jerrom and Derren
    Hayes

    Brussels warns on junk food

    The food industry has been given a year to stop advertising junk
    food to children and improve product labelling. The European Union
    will resort to regulation if no progress is made over this
    period.

    Source:- The Financial Times, Thursday 20 January, page
    1

    Clarke plans rite of citizenship for teens

    Youngsters celebrating their 18th birthdays could be asked to
    participate in citizenship ceremonies as part of a government plan
    to foster race equality and community cohesion.

    Home secretary Charles Clarke said the government would trial
    the scheme – based on ceremonies in Australia and some parts
    of the US – to recognise young people gaining the right to
    vote and greater independence from their parents.

    Source:- The Financial Times, Thursday 20 January, page
    2

    HR chiefs act on childcare vouchers

    Ninety-eight per cent of human resources directors who have not
    already implemented a childcare voucher scheme for their staff plan
    to do so by April, according to a survey by the Daycare Trust and
    Sodexho Pass, a specialist in vouchers and service cards.

    Source:- The Financial Times, Thursday 20 January, page
    2

    Fury of 12-year-old sex attack victim’s
    father

    A teenager on drugs who raped a 12-year-old girl the day after
    he walked free from court on bail for burglary was sent to a young
    offenders’ institution for five years at a hearing at Warwick
    Crown Court this week..

    The girl’s parents said the 16-year-old’s sentence
    was too short, adding that Robert Bailey would be free before their
    daughter even left school.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, Thursday 20 January, page
    19

    Prison officer who went sick for a year…in New
    Zealand

    A prison officer who went on sick leave for more than a year
    carried on claiming sick pay after secretly emigrating to New
    Zealand. The woman simply sent notes from a GP to her bosses at
    Holloway Prison in north London.

    The case was one of several examples of a sicknote culture in
    Britain’s jails, highlighted in a report from the Commons
    Public Accounts Committee.

    Source:- The Daily Mail, Thursday 20 January, page
    43

    Children would be better off watching TV than attending
    youth clubs, says Hodge

    Many teenagers would be better off spending their evenings in
    front of the television than going to local youth clubs,
    children’s minister Margaret Hodge said yesterday. She was
    commenting on government research, commissioned from London
    University’s Institute of Education, that found teenagers who
    spent time in “unfocused” youth provision were more
    likely to suffer poor exam results and be lured into a life of
    crime and drugs.

    The full research will be published within weeks alongside the
    government’s youth green paper.

    Source:- The Independent, Thursday 20 January, page
    23

    Home with high death rate was checked 17
    times

    Health officials conducted 17 inspections of a former nursing
    home under scrutiny following the deaths of 16 elderly residents,
    it emerged yesterday. As discussions continue between a coroner,
    police and representatives of Birmingham’s strategic health
    authority about a string of deaths at the Maypole nursing home,
    experts are questioning whether deficiencies at the home should
    have been detected earlier.

    Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 20 January, page 2

    Welsh newspapers

    Young film-makers bid for asylum film
    funding

    A group of students are seeking financial and practical help to
    complete a film they are making about asylum seekers.

    The final year project being made by students at the
    International Film School Wales will be entered in film festivals.
    The students hope local businesses will be interested in supporting
    their venture in return for a screen credit and the opportunity to
    help promote good relations in the community.

    Source:- IC Wales, Thursday 20 January

    Terror boy, 17, banned from using own front
    door

    A 17-year-old boy has been banned from going through the front
    door of his own home by Cwmbran magistrates in what is though to be
    the first case of its kind.

    The antisocial behaviour order placed on Luke Davies imposes a
    strict exclusion zone around his street, which includes the front
    of his house.

    Source:- IC Wales, Wednesday 19 January

    Scottish newspapers

    Legal change blamed for higher cannabis use

    The use and cultivation of cannabis the past year has risen
    sharply in Scotland, causing some legal experts to suggest it is
    linked to the down-grading of the drug from category B to C.

    Source:- The Herald, Thursday 20 January

    Church rallies for Dungavel family

    Church leaders are to hold a protest at Dungavel detention
    centre to highlight the plight of a family detained there for
    several months while waiting for their asylum claim to be
    processed.

    Source:- The Herald, Thursday 20 January

    Abuse expert to face court over Munchausen’s
    case

    One of Scotland’s leading child abuse experts is to be
    challenged in court over a diagnosis of Munchausen’s Syndrome
    By Proxy in an abuse case.

    Source:- The Scotsman, Thursday 20 January

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