Ofsted inspections ‘saved 10,000’ from poor carers

Ofsted inspections ‘saved 10,000’ from poor carers 
At least 10,000 children have been rescued from inadequate or dangerous childcare as a result of interventions by Ofsted, the education inspectorate claimed last night.
Source:- The Guardian, Friday 15 September 2006, page 10

Morning-after pill has not cut abortion rate, says expert 
Giving women the morning-after pill makes no difference to either the pregnancy rate or the abortion rate, a family planning expert says today.
Source:- The Guardian, Friday 15 September 2006, page 12

EastEnders baby with Down’s syndrome will help people accept condition
The real-life parents of the baby with Down’s syndrome in EastEnders say that letting Grace appear on TV will help people accept the condition.
Source:- The Sun, Friday 15 September 2006, page 15

Baby murdered with salt, court hears
A mum murdered her ill baby by giving him too much salt a court heard yesterday.
Source:- The Sun, Friday 15 September, 2006 page 27

School for sex offenders planned
Plans to open a school for young sex offenders have angered residents of a Berkshire village which has three schools.
Source:- The Sun, Friday 15 September 2006, page 40

Sickening schoolgirl fight posted on the net
Footage showing two teenage girls kicking, punching and slapping each other while a group cheers them on posted on a popular internet site has been slammed by child abuse charity Kidscape.
Director of the charity Michelle Elliott said the girls could have killed each other.
Source:- Daily Mail, Friday 15 September 2006, page 41

Asbo threat to PC who plagued his neighbours
A police officer has been warned he may receive an antisocial behaviour order following claims he harassed his neighbours for 16 years.
PC Mike Townley will keep his job despite being one step away from an Asbo although he could now face a disciplinary inquiry.
Source:- Daily Mail,  Friday 15 September 2006, page 45

Scottish news

Social work service ‘catastrophic’
Experts are to be drafted in to Dumfries and Galloway social work department to sort out problems identified by inspectors and described by an MSP yesterday as “catastrophic”.
Peter Peacock, schools and children’s minister, told the council it must take in outside support, after the inspection team found management and leadership to be weak.
The move followed last week’s Social Work Inspection Agency report which found “systemic problems which severely impaired the ability to deliver a well-planned, responsive service”, and senior management who failed to give strong leadership, leading to low staff morale and “little sense of a coherent vision”.
Source:- The Herald, Friday 15 September  2006
Children in care should have a proper champion
Children in care deserve a better deal from local authorities, who should each appoint a councillor as a “champion” for looked-after children.
The key recommendation of a report published by the Social Work Inspection Agency is that councils must “improve their corporate parenting skills” to avoid too many youngsters in care being disadvantaged by the lack of a stable home life and access to good health and education services.
Source:- The Herald, Friday 15 September 2006

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