Round up of the week

    Round up of the week

    Round up of the news from the week beginning 24
    January 2005.


    The joint committee on human rights published a report calling
    for the government to amend the Mental Capacity Bill to prevent the
    unlawful detention of people who lack the capacity to resist.

    Deputy prime minister John Prescott launched the ODPM’s
    five-year plan in which the department pledged to halve the number

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    Prescott launched 5-year

    people living in temporary accommodation by 2010 and make effective
    provision for gypsies and travellers.


    A Home Office study revealed that one in four 14-17-year-olds
    admit to being a serious or prolific offender.


    The work and pensions select committee published a report
    branding the Child Support Agency a failure and calling for it to
    be scrapped if it could not improve significantly.


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    At Community Care Live Children and Families director of
    the safe-guarding children group Althea Efunshile insisted that the
    proposed new scheme for preventing unsuitable people from working
    with children will be more than just a register of banned
    individuals. At the same time, the children’s commissioner for
    Scotland Kathleen Marshall pledged to look at the way asylum seeker
    children whose claims have failed are deported.


    National statistics revealed that there were 3,700 children
    adopted in the year ending 31 March 2004, which was a 37 per cent
    rise from 1999-2000.

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