Round-up of the week

Round up of the week 17-21 January

Monday 17th January

The Home Office launched a helpline for members of the public to
report incidents of antisocial behaviour.

Tuesday 18th January

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Ruth Kelly announed new
for child contact centres

Education secretary Ruth Kelly launched new Parenting Plans for
consultation and announced new funding for child contact

Wednesday 19th January

The government launched new strategy to improve the life chances
of disabled people, which included a plan for a new Office for
Disability Issues to co-ordinate work on disability within

Health minister Rosie Winterton defended proposals in the draft
mental health bill while giving evidence to the parliamentary
scrutiny committee

Thursday 20th January

Community Care launched its drive to find the Top 20
most influential people in the social care sector. To vote:- email

Friday 21st January

The Department of Health revealed that suicide rates among young
men were at the lowest level for 20 years.

The week at the Mubarek Inquiry…

This week, the inquiry into the death of Zahid Mubarek heard how
prison staff had handcuffed an inmate from an ethnic minority
background to the bars of a cell in Feltham Young Offender
Institution and smeared his buttocks with black boot polish two
years before Mubarek was killed. The prison officers involved, who
were given a final written warning, were still working at the
prison at the

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Zahid Mubarek

time of Mubarek’s murder by his racist cellmate Robert

A nurse at Hindley YOI, where Stewart spent part of his sentence
before he was transferred to Feltham, said she thought he had been
capable of killing someone but had not told anyone for fear of
labelling him.

Feltham prison warden James Arnold told the inquiry he has
currently suspended from duties for allegedly making racist
comments about a governor. He denies the allegations.

Three witnesses will give evidence on allegations that prison
officers at Feltham “deliberately” set offenders
against each other in a ‘Gladiator-style’ game.


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