Sex attacker took a new name and murdered girl, 13

Sex attacker took new name and murdered girl
A convicted sex offender murdered a schoolgirl after giving the authorities the slip by simply changing his name, according to a report published yesterday by the Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board.
Source:- The Times, Thursday 9 November 2006, page 30

NCH to recruit adopters over 40
Women in their forties who have left it too late to start families of their own are being approached in a campaign to find homes for thousands of children. NCH, which specialises in finding homes for children over 2, is planning to start a specific recruitment drive for those aged over 40.
Source:- The Times, Thursday 9 November 2006, page 3

Labour’s plan to help poor pupils get jobs
Schools will be told to develop better links with cultural centres to give poorer pupils the “softer skills” already enjoyed by their more affluent peers that are crucial to their life chances.
However, in a speech to the Social Market Foundation, children’s minister Beverley Hughes said schools would not have any more money to develop the links with libraries, galleries, museums and voluntary groups.
Source:- Daily Mail, Thursday 9 November 2006, page 11

Regular massage ‘helps babies cry less and sleep better’
Babies who are given regular massage cry less, sleep better and have less stress hormones, researchers say.
Source:- Daily Telegraph, Thursday 9 November 2006, page 17

Scottish news

Council chasing answers over OAP meal costs
Edinburgh Council has written to the Scottish executive demanding clarification on whether older people should pay if they need help to prepare meals. There is still confusion over what meal charges councils are allowed to impose under the executive’s policy of free personal care but the council has already paid back £5560 to three pensioners. There are around 1250 people who have been charged for meal preparation and the council is calling on the executive to cover the cost of refunding people who have appealed against the charges.
Source:- The Scotsman, Thursday 9 November 2006

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