Monday 19 September 2005

    By Maria Ahmed, Simeon Brody, Derren Hayes and Amy
    Taylor

    Radical plan to stop Muslim extremism

    A royal commission to investigate how the London bombings
    happened and a media unit to rebut negative stories about Muslims
    and counter propaganda from Islamist extremists should be set up,
    according to a government task force appointed to tackle
    extremism.

    Source:- The Guardian Saturday 17 September 2005 page
    1

    Council tax revaluation is called off

    The government has decided to postpone a review of the property
    values of all homes in England.

    There were fears the revaluation of 22 million homes by 2007 would
    lead to increased tax bills as a result of the rise in property
    prices.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Saturday 17 September 2005
    page 1

    Sex abuse teacher jailed

    A teacher was jailed for six months and banned from working with
    children after she admitted engaging in sexual activity with a
    16-year-old special needs student.

    Beverley Miles, 48, a special needs teacher and mother of two, had
    sex with the “naïve” boy and inappropriately
    touched him at school, Bournemouth Crown Court heard.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Saturday 17 September 2005
    page 6

    Hunt for children snatched by mother and
    “paedophile”

    Police were searching last night for two children who taken to
    France after being abducted by their mother and her suspected
    paedophile boyfriend.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Saturday 17 September 2005
    page 7

    Boy dies in cell

    A boy of 17 has died after he was found hanged in his cell at
    Hindley Young Offender Institution in Wigan.

    Sam Elphick had been sentenced at Manchester Crown Court in July to
    22 months for robbery with affray. The prisons ombudsman is to
    investigate.

    Source:- The Times Saturday 17 September 2005 page
    22

    “Be good son, and do well at school”

    Report on asylum seeker who killed himself so his child could stay
    in Britain.

    Source:- The Independent Saturday 17 September 2005 page
    1

    Inquiry urged over increase in detention centre
    deaths

    The high number of deaths among asylum-seekers held in British
    detention centres has prompted human rights and refugee groups to
    demand an urgent public inquiry.

    Source:- The Independent Saturday 17 September 2005 page
    2

    Backdown on new drink laws

    Ministers will next week announce a significant concession over
    24-hour drinking, with the guidelines issued to local authorities
    and the police on granting licences to be reviewed within three
    months.

    Source:- Financial Times Saturday 17 September 2005 page
    1

    Treasury draws up plans to give funds in dormant bank
    accounts to charity

    Hundreds of millions of pounds in high street banks that have lain
    dormant for 10 years or more could be passed to charity under plans
    being drawn up by the Treasury.

    Source:- Financial Times Saturday 17 September 2005 page
    1

    Poverty group to contest tax credit clawback

    Child Poverty Action Group is to take legal action to stop the
    government automatically clawing back tax credits that have been
    paid to low-income families.

    Source:- Financial Times Saturday 17 September 2005 page
    2

    Homes will not ruin countryside, says minister

    Communities minister David Milliband has dismissed as myths claims
    that 500,000 new homes in the South by 2016 would ruin the
    countryside and create soulless commuter dormitories.

    Source:- Financial Times Saturday 17 September 2005 page
    4

    Cheaper summer holidays to combat truancy

    Ministers are to promote cut-price summer holidays to parents in
    an effort to stop them taking children away during term time.

    Source:- The Sunday Times Sunday 18 September 2005 page
    4

    Wildest pupils prefer to learn the hard way

    An experiment to test rival “progressive” and
    “traditional” teaching methods on a group of disruptive
    schoolchildren has shown that firm discipline may work best.

    Source:- The Sunday Times Sunday 18 September 2005 page
    4

    Mental problems soar among children using
    cannabis

    The number of children treated mental disorders caused by
    smoking cannabis has quadrupled since the government downgraded the
    legal status of the drug, according to charity Addaction.

    Source:- The Sunday Times Sunday 18 September 2005 page
    7

    Asylum officers stuck at desks

    Immigration officers have been criticised for wasting public
    money claiming overtime while spending excessive hours at their
    desks, when they should be catching illegal entrants.

    A report by Home Office officials and consultants has shown that
    less than half an officer’s time is spent tracking down the
    estimated 300,000 failed asylum seekers. The rest is spent on
    paperwork and training.

    Source:- The Sunday Times, Sunday 18 September 2005,
    page 7

    Scotland tops world league for violent
    crime

    Scotland is the most violent country in the developed world,
    according to a United Nations report.

    Source:- The Sunday Times, Sunday 18 September 2005,
    page 7

    Inside the mind of a stalker

    Last week a girl was shot and killed by her former lover.
    It’s an extreme case but each year more than 5,000 people are
    charged with harassment.

    Source:- The Sunday Times, Sunday 18 September 2005,
    page 13

    Low IQ’ pair can appeal over
    adoption

    A couple who had their children taken away by social services
    because the mother was said to be ‘too backward’ to
    care for them have won the right to appeal against their
    adoption.

    Essex Council social workers removed the children – a
    14-month-old boy and his sister who is nearly four – late
    last year, and last month a judge ruled both could be freed for
    adoption.

    Source:- The Mail on Sunday Sunday 18 September 2005 page 34

    Alarm as prescriptions of Ritalin to children reach a
    record high

    Doctors are condemned as “irresponsible” as figures
    show a 180-fold increase in use of stimulant on under-16s.

    Source:- The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 18 September
    2005, page 4

    Pupils’ ‘behaviour charter’
    launched

    Teachers will attempt to combat the rising tide of classroom
    disorder by launching a charter of behaviour tomorrow. The 20-page
    document – Learning to Behave – has been drawn up by
    the National Union of Teachers.

    Source:- The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 18 September
    2005, page 4

    School taxi fares for pupils cost councils £40,000
    a day

    Local councils are spending up to £40,000 a day on taxis to
    take children to and from school.

    The sums paid out by some authorities in rural areas account for
    almost three per cent of their total education budget and have been
    condemned as an “astounding” waste of money.

    Source:- The Sunday Telegraph, Sunday 18 September
    2005, page 6

    Top football clubs hit by child abuse
    allegations

    A report compiled by the government-backed Independent Football
    Commission after an 18-month investigation discloses that 250
    suspected child abuse cases are being probed by the Football
    Association and that two more allegations are being investigated at
    Premiership clubs.

    Source:- The Observer Sunday 18 September 2005 page 1
    and pages 8-9

    Fear for child safety in bid to end care
    checks

    Children left in daycare while their parents work will be put at
    risk under government plans to scrap official checks on carers,
    children’s organisations are warning.

    Source:- The Observer, Sunday 18 September 2005, page
    4

    Housing policy under fire

    The government is failing to provide social housing for
    vulnerable homeless people stuck in hostels, claims a report by the
    Salvation Army.

    Source:- The Observer, Sunday 18 September 2005, page
    6

    Has the shine comes off the £30m
    model?

    Kate Moss’s sponsors are less than happy with tabloid
    pictures of her apparently snorting cocaine – but she is
    still loved her legions of teenage fans.

    Source:- The Observer, Sunday 18 September 2005, page
    15

    Sedated, abused and confined in bleak wards: a
    woman’s life inside Broadmoor

    In a new book, Janet Cresswell, who spent 25 years in the top
    security unit, reveals her dark world.

    Source:- The Independent on Sunday 18 September 2005,
    page 8

    Snapping at yobs

    Talking cameras are to be used to deter yobs from vandalising
    trains and railway equipment across the east of England.

    Source:- The Times, Monday 19 September 2005, page
    13

    Racism blamed as black pupils struggle

    Black children are being condemned to failure early in their
    school careers because of racist attitudes among teachers,
    according to Professor David Gillborn, of the London University
    Institute of Education.

    Source:- The Times, Monday 19 September 2005, page
    18

    Adults need help to report child abuse, says
    NSPCC

    Most adults find it hard to report suspected child abuse,
    according to research by the NSPCC.

    Source:- The Times, Monday 19 September 2005, page
    28

    Clarke plans prisons shakeup

    Charles Clarke is planning a network of community prisons in
    which prisoners serve time closer to their family in an effort to
    reduce reoffending.

    Source:- The Guardian Monday 19 September 2005 page
    1

    Hidden stress of the nursery age

    Toddlers starting nursery experience high levels of stress in
    the first weeks after separating from their mothers, according to a
    study.

    Source:- The Guardian Monday 19 September 2005 page
    3

    Tagged teenager in murder case was left
    unsupervised

    A catalogue of errors was made by probation staff and an
    electronic tagging firm in their supervision of a teenager
    convicted of murdering a Nottingham jeweller.

    Source:- The Guardian Monday 19 September 2005 page
    7

    Amnesty urged for illegal immigrants

    Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Mark Oaten will urge the
    government to offer an amnesty to all illegal immigrants before
    tightening procedures to enter Britain.

    Source:- The Guardian Monday 19 September 2005 page
    11

    Sally Clark to sue pathologist over baby death
    post-mortem

    Sally Clark and her husband are seeking large damages in a
    lawsuit against Home Office pathologist Alan Williams who performed
    the autopsies on the two baby sons she was convicted of
    murdering.

    Source:- The Guardian Monday 19 September 2005 page
    12

    Britain “is sleepwalking into New Orleans-style
    segregation”

    Harriet Harman warned yesterday that some of Britain’s
    black and poor communities were sinking into the same underclass
    exposed in the US by Hurricane Katrina.

    Source:- The Independent Monday 19 September 2005 page
    6

    Gran starves to death

    A 79-year-old woman starved to death because her council home
    had no letterbox so her pension could not be delivered. None of her
    10 children, 30 grandchildren, social services or pensions official
    noticed Ivy Allen was dying at her home in Warrington.

    Source:- The Mirror Monday 19 September 2005 page 1

    Scottish news

    Boss of worst council steps down

    One of Scotland’s worst-performing local authorities parted
    company with its chief executive yesterday as part of a management
    shake-up designed to turn its fortunes around.

    Robert Cleary agreed to leave his position as chief executive of
    Inverclyde Council after negotiations were completed over a
    financial settlement. There is speculation he’s been allowed
    to leave with a pension of around £50,000 a year.

    Source:- The Scotsman Saturday 17 September

    Men slow to come forward to sit on Children’s
    Panel

    More than 542 people in the Lothians have volunteered to join
    the Children’s Panel – but fewer than a quarter are men.

    The latest figures from the recruitment hotline show that of the
    volunteers from Edinburgh and West, East and Midlothian, only 126
    were male. Deputy education minister Robert Brown has called for
    more volunteers to fill the gaps in the panel, which helps address
    the needs of vulnerable children.

    Source:- The Scotsman Saturday 17 September

    Asylum seekers gain support

    Around 300 protesters staged a demonstration at the treatment of
    refugees in Scotland outside immigration offices in Glasgow on
    Saturday.

    The Glasgow Campaign to Welcome Refugees said asylum seekers were
    undergoing “utterly traumatising” treatment by being removed from
    their homes in the early hours of the morning to be taken to
    England to be deported.

    Source:- Scotland on Sunday 18 September

    Police struggle to cope as hidden sex offender list tops
    30,000

    Scottish police don’t have enough resources to properly
    monitor the ever growing number of sex offenders in the
    country.

    It follows a report by Fife Council into the circumstances behind
    the death of Karen Dewar eight months ago at the hands of Colyn
    Evans, a repeat sex offender, had been living alone and
    unsupervised in the community.

    Source:- Scotland on Sunday Sunday 18 September

    Housing shortage causing crisis in homeless
    hostels

    Hostels in Scotland are being “bed-blocked” by
    homeless clients who could move into community housing if only
    provision were available.

    A new report from the Salvation Army has shown that hundreds of
    their badly needed residential places are being occupied by
    residents who have been prevented from moving on because of the
    lack of social housing and support services from health or social
    workers.

    Source:- Sunday Herald Sunday 18 September

    Cops’ fury at violent Scotland

    A leading police officer has refuted claims Scotland is the most
    violent country in the developed world. Fife chief constable Peter
    Wilson spoke out after a UN report said Scots were three times more
    likely to be assaulted than people anywhere else on the planet.

    Source:- The Record Monday 19 September

    Welsh news

    Care leavers are struggling

    A children’s charity has called for action to address
    underachievement by care leavers in education.

    NCH Cymru said that only 42 per cent of 16-year-olds left care with
    one GCSE or GNVQ or more.

    Source:- Western Mail Monday 19 September

    Adults’ fear is leaving abused youngsters at
    risk

    Children are left being abused in Wales due to adults being too
    scared to report their concerns.

    One in 14 Welsh adults suspect that a child they know is being
    abused but three per cent of them do nothing.

    The majority of this group cited fears for their own safety as the
    main reason behind their lack of action.

    Source:- Western Mail Monday 19 September

    Refugee doctors now at work

    A scheme to help refugee doctors to gain employment in the NHS in
    Wales has been praised by the social justice minister Edwina
    Hart.

    The scheme helps refugee and asylum seeker doctors to pass the
    language tests required to become an NHS doctor.

    Source:- Western Mail  Monday 19
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