Thursday 27 January 2005

    By Maria Ahmed

    Coroner calls for care home inquiry

    A coroner has called for the deaths of 13 older people in the
    same nursing home to be investigated by a public inquiry, chaired
    by a high court judge.
     
    Aidan Cotter, a Birmingham coroner, has been asked to review the
    deaths at the former Maypole nursing home.

    Source:- The Guardian Thursday January 27 2005 page
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    Nursery care costs soar

    The cost of childcare in Britain is rising at over three times
    the rate of inflation, with nursery fees in inner London soaring by
    17 per cent, according to research by the Daycare Trust.

    Source:- The Guardian Thursday January 27 2005 page
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    Child prisoners ‘had bones broken’

    Children in custody have had their bones broken by staff
    attempting to control them, the chief inspector of prisons said
    yesterday.

    Anne Owers added her voice to the international criticism of the
    government over the number of children who are incarcerated.

    Source:- The Independent Thursday January 27 2005 page
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    Minister is ready to nuke the ‘woeful’ CSA

    A cabinet minister sounded the death knell for the troubled
    Child Support Agency yesterday.

    Work and Pensions Secretary Alan Johnson twice said he was
    considering the ‘nuclear option’ of abolishing the agency over its
    failure to clear a backlog of a quarter of a million cases.

    Source:- The Daily Mail Thursday January 27 2005 page
    33

    Detention boy hangs himself

    A 14-year-old boy hanged himself with a belt in his bedroom
    after he got a detention at school for breaking a ceiling tile.

    Thomas Walker was found a few hours later by his brother, eight,
    in Sedgeley, West Mids.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Thursday January 27 page
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    Scottish newspapers

    Every school must teach sexual health, executive
    insists

    Mike Rumbles, the executive’s Liberal Democrat health
    spokesperson confirmed there would be a full legal requirement on
    all schools to teach the new guidelines, including those at
    Catholic schools.
     
    The plans have run into opposition from groups concerned they would
    lead to children in faith schools being taught about sex and
    contraception rather than abstinence.

    Source:- The Scotsman Thursday 27 January 2005

    Council tax outstrips wage rises to jump 30% in five
    years

    Some Labour activists are worried recent large council tax rises
    could be a turnoff with voters at the next general election.

    New figures show council tax has risen by 30 per cent over the
    past five years, partly due to an expansion in the number of
    council staff.

    Source:- The Scotsman Thursday 27 January 2005

    Campaign targets mental illness in young

    A TV campaign targeting young people and the stigma of mental
    illness is being launched today.

    The cartoon advert, supported by £650,000 of Scottish
    Executive money, highlights the findings of a previous survey which
    revealed that one in 10 young people in Scotland experiences mental
    health problems.

    Source:- The Scotsman Thursday 27 January 2005

    Children sent from city in foster crisis

    A shortage of foster parents in Glasgow is leading to 50% of
    children being placed in care outside the city, some as far away as
    Fife and the Borders.
     
    Other significant areas of concern highlighted by a report include
    foster carers looking after more children than they should be,
    unrelated children sharing bedrooms and the number of carers who
    had not been formally reviewed for more than two years.

    Source:- The Herald Thursday 27 January 2005

    Carers want to know who cares for them

    Short profile piece complementing the report article on the
    difficulties a foster carer couple in Glasgow have doing the
    job.
     
    Source:- The Herald Thursday 27 January 2005

    New HIV victim every day

    One person a day was diagnosed with HIV in Scotland last year as
    figures rose to a new high.

    The 365 new cases were an increase of 40 per cent on 2003,
    largely due to more people being tested, experts said.

    Source:- Daily Record Thursday 27 January 2005

    £50m lost house bill

    Scotland’s local authorities lost out on £50 million last
    year as a result of rent arrears and empty council houses.

    Source:- Daily Record Thursday 27 January 2005

    Award for care skills

    A new qualification for inspectors who monitor the standard of
    care services in Scotland has been launched.

    Around fifty staff, who inspect homes, nurseries and
    childminding, from the Scottish Care Commission will study for the
    one-year Regulation of Care Award, developed by Anglia Polytechnic
    University.

    Source:- Daily Record Thursday 27 January 2005

    Welsh newspapers

    Girls jailed for arson attack

    An arson attack was carried out on the home of three Iraqi
    asylum seekers by two drunken teenage girls.

    The girls, who were both 16 at the time and who cannot be named
    for legal reasons, were sentenced to two years in detention.

    They pleaded guilty to arson and being reckless as to whether
    life was endangered.

    Source:- Western Mail Thursday 27 January 2005

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