Monday 7 February 2005

    By Clare Jerrom, Sally Gillen, Mithran Samuel, Derren
    Hayes and Amy Taylor

    Unmarried families are more likely to fall apart

    Three quarters of all family breakdowns now involve unmarried
    parents, according to research by the Bristol Community Family

    In 2003, an estimated 88,000 children aged under 5 were affected by
    the separation of their unmarried parents compared with around
    31,000 children under 5 whose married parents divorced.

    Source:- The Times  Saturday 5 February page 1

    Points system and higher charges to cut immigration

    Home secretary Charles Clarke is set to unveil a package of
    measures next week to clamp down on immigration and asylum

    The government’s five-year strategy is likely to include a
    new points system.

    Source:- The Times  Saturday 5 February page 8

    Prison suicide

    A man from Greater Manchester has been found hanged at Wymott
    prison in Preston.

    David Strike was serving six years for grievous bodily harm.

    Source:- The Times  Saturday 5 February page 35

    Immigrants face fees to curb asylum abuses

    Immigrants who appeal against a refusal to allow their families to
    join them in Britain could face financial penalties under
    Labour’s plans for asylum issues.

    Source:- Daily Telegraph  Saturday 5 February page 6

    Truants found at racecourse

    Seventy nine children from around the country were found playing
    truant at a race course by a team from Surrey Council.

    Many of the children were with their parents.

    Source:- Daily Telegraph  Saturday 5 February page

    Mental health problems for 700 troops in Iraq

    Almost 700 British service men and women have returned from Iraq
    with mental health problems.

    Nineteen service personnel have had to be discharged due to
    psychiatric problems.

    Source:- Independent  Saturday 5 February page 10

    Jowell tells police to close ‘rogue’ bars

    Culture secretary Tessa Jowell urged police chiefs to use drinking
    laws which come into effect on Monday to close down
    “rogue” pubs and clubs.

    She said binge drinking particularly by girls had to be

    Source:- Independent  Saturday 5 February page 20

    Whitehall ‘abusing spirit’ of disclosure

    The government was yesterday accused of abusing “the
    spirit” of the Freedom of Information Act by people whose
    questions have been blocked.

    They blamed the government for “going out of their way to
    avoid giving out material”.

    Source:- Independent  Saturday 5 February page 22

    Depressed? Take one cup of coffee four times a day

    Giving up tea or coffee can give you mental health problems, it was
    claimed yesterday.

    Professor Roland Griffiths says the effects of caffeine withdrawal
    can cause a genuine psychological disorder requiring professional

    Source:- Daily Mail  Saturday 5 February page 32

    Yard faces £1m bill for ethnic rethink

    Scotland Yard is preparing to spend around £1 million by
    replacing the phrase ‘visible ethnic minority’ with the
    words ‘minority groups’.

    The money will be spent updating the existing IT databases which
    will cost £50,000 a time and changing the Met’s training
    procedures, stationary and publicity material.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Saturday 5 February page 50

    Clarke to expel child refugees

    The government is planning to make it easier to deport
    unaccompanied children by removing rules requiring immigration
    officials to trace their parents before removing them.

    The changes, which are expected to be included in the Home
    Office’s five-year plan for asylum and immigration, would
    mean that children could be deported if was established they would
    be returned into the safe care of an agency.

    Source:- The Sunday Times Sunday 6 February 2005 page

    National hotline set up to deal with neighbours from

    A phone line for reporting anti-social behaviour is to be
    extended to the whole country despite being dismissed as a
    “gimmick” by critics.

    The scheme, which has been piloted in the north-east, involves a
    national phone line, through which people can be put through to a
    team in their own area.

    Source:- The Sunday Times 6 February 2005 page 7

    Labour fuels war on asylum

    The head of the Commission for Racial Equality has said that
    people complaining about the immigration are “afraid of a
    shadow”, warning the government not to respond to their

     Trevor Phillips called on minister to address the exploitation
    of migrants through trafficking and slave labour.

     Source:- The Observer 6 February 2005 page 1

    GMC knew of fears over baby expert

    Serious concerns about pathologist Roy Meadow had been raised
    with the General Medical Council before his disputed evidence led
    to the wrongful conviction of Angela Cannings for the murder of her
    two children.

    A leaked email revealed that complains about Meadow were
    considered by the GMC in February 2000, two years before Cannings
    was jailed for murder.

    Source:- The Observer 6 February 2005 page 2

    Too posh for the voters?

    Children’s minister Margaret Hodge is among a group of
    leading female ministers who are “too posh” to appeal
    to working-class voters, according to a senior Labour campaign

    The anonymous outburst has been dismissed as an attack on
    feminists by trade and industry secretary Patricia Hewitt.

    Source:- The Observer 6 February 2005 page 7

    How the courts still let down our most vulnerable

    Child victims of sexual abuse are still being failed by the
    criminal justice system, according to an NSPCC study.

    The research, drawn from interviews with child witnesses, reveal
    a lack of pre-trial support, long periods waiting for cases to come
    to court and bullying by defence lawyers.

    Source:- The Observer 6 February 2005 page 13

    GPs rapped over eating disorders

    Just 17% of people with eating disorders are treated
    appropriately, according to a damning report published this

    The Eating Disorders Association study finds that one-third of
    health communities have no specialist treatment services and GPs
    are stereotyping people with eating disorders as attention

    Source:- The Observer 6 February 2005 page 14

    Nurses from abroad to sit English test

    The Nursing and Midwifery Council is to force overseas recruits
    to sit English tests in their home countries before taking up
    positions in Britain.

    They will then work under supervision for six months under
    proposals due to be announced this week.

    Source:- The Mail on Sunday  6 February 2005 page 5

    Doctors said they could do no more and sent me home to
    die – I’m still waiting

    The government’s Mental Capacity Bill continues through
    the House of Lords this week, where it will meet staunch opposition
    from Baroness Chapman of Leeds.

    Source:- The Sunday Telegraph 6 February, page 12

    NHS accused on eating disorders

    Young lives are being put at risk because doctors are failing to
    diagnose eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia quickly
    enough, according to a campaign group.

    The Eating Disorders Association says that access to specialist
    services for the 1.1 million people who suffer are
    “patchy,” despite guidelines to improve care.

    Chief executive Susan Ringwood said: “Hardly a week goes by
    without EDA hearing from a family whose story includes the fact
    their GP either didn’t pick up on the problem or did not act
    quickly enough.”

    The campaign group interviewed 1,700 patients for its research,
    which comes a year after the National Institute for Clinical
    Excellence published new guidelines for professionals.

    Source:- The Guardian Monday 7 February 2005 page

    Church charity backs paedophile amnesty

    Christian leaders have called for an amnesty of internet

    The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Centre says offenders
    should be “spared the humiliation of a court appearance and a
    formal prosecution” if they agree to see a

    Director of CPPA David Pearson said: “It would be like a gun
    amnesty”. He added that the scale of internet child
    pornography was beyond the resources of the police.

    Source:- Daily Mail Monday 7 February 2005 page 13

    Police hunting Soham killer were ‘inept and

    Senior police officers leading the Soham murder inquiry were
    indecisive and inept, according to a secret report.

    t reveals that Ian Huntley was eliminated as a suspect six days
    into the manhunt for the girls. Officers accepted a false alibi
    given by his girlfriend Maxine Carr but when suspicion fell on
    Huntley again detectives who asked for him to be placed under
    surveillance were told there were “other

    The report was written by a senior detective involved in the search
    in August 2002.

    Source:- Daily Mail  Monday 7 February page 19

    New controls to stem flow of migrants

    Migrant workers will be involved in computer finger-printing and
    an Australian-style points system, under plans announced

    Home secretary Charles Clarke will tell MPs that migrants must
    prove their economic benefit before they are allowed into the

    Source:- The Times Monday 7 February 2005 page 1

    Intimidation of child witnesses

    Research carried out by the NSPCC has found nearly half of
    children who give evidence in court are intimidated and accused of

    The study has revealed almost half of children aged between seven
    and 17 did not understand phrases or words used in

    NSPCC lawyer Barbara Essam said: “Suffering child abuse and
    then having to speak publicly about the experience is an ordeal for
    a young witness.”

    Source:- The Times Monday 7 February 2005 page 2

    Scottish papers

    Parents snapping up ten-minute test to tell if children use

    Parents worried that their children are taking drugs are turning to
    £12 do-it-yourself testing kits to check up on them.

    The 10-minute test can detect cannabis up to 14 days after it is
    taken, but only three to five days after cocaine, amphetamines or
    opiates are used.

    Up to 370 of the urine tests have been bought in Scotland in the
    past eight months.

    Source:- Scotland on Sunday Sunday 6th February

    Paedophiles must face jail sentences, police chiefs

    Scotland’s leading police officers believe child sex
    offenders should face mandatory jail sentences. The Association of
    Chief Police

    Officers in Scotland is concerned that a number of paedophiles have
    been dealt with too leniently by the courts.

    Bob Ovens, ACPOS spokesperson on child protection, said it was time
    for a tougher approach to be adopted.

    Source:- The Scotsman Monday 7th February

    Fire hazards at 75% of care homes

    Safety inspectors found “potential fire hazards” at more than
    three-quarters of care homes for older people in Scotland.

    The national investigation was launched following the Rosepark Care
    Home fire in North Lanarkshire fire last January which killed 14

    The Scottish executive said the risks identified were all minor,
    and stressed that there was no cause for alarm.

    Source:- The Scotsman Monday 7th February

    Outrage over plan to award councillors 250% wage rise

    Scottish councillors are set for a 250 per cent pay rise at the
    same time they are expected to impose tax rises of up to treble the
    rate of inflation.

    A report on local authority salaries will recommend that wages for
    councillors should rise to as high as £25,000 – up from their
    current basic wage of just £7,000.

    If accepted, the £30 million a year wage bill will have to be
    met by taxpayers.

    Source:- The Scotsman Monday 7th February

    Welsh newspapers

    Mother of dead baby found

    The 15-year-old mother of a baby found dead in a garden in Cardiff
    has been traced.

    The girl, who is from Splott where the baby was found, is in
    hospital being examined by medical staff.

    She will only face police questioning once she has completed her

    Source:- Western Mail Saturday 5 February

    Police chief warns of over-protective parents

    A Welsh expert in paedophiles has told teachers not to listen to
    parents who refuse to allow their children to stay in detention
    after school because they are afraid of them being attacked on the
    way home.

    Chief constable Terrence Grange of Dyfed Powys Police said that the
    argument was part of the “load of baloney” used by
    parents to try to manipulate the system.

    Source:- Western Mail Saturday 5 February


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