Round-up of the week

    Round up of the week 17-21 January
    2005

    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
    funding
    for child contact centres

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

    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
    government.

    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
    clare.jerrom@rbi.co.uk

    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
    Stewart.

    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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