Social workers assessing refugee children as older than they are

    Social workers assessing refugee children as older than they are
    A report today will say that social workers are routinely disqualifying unaccompanied asylum-seeking children from foster care and school places by assessing them to be older than they actually are, meaning that potentially thousands of minors are neglected by under-resourced local authorities.
    Source:- The Guardian, Thursday 24 May 2007, page 1

    Priory opens specialist addiction unit for children
    Children as young as 12 are being treated in a new specialist addiction unit set up to deal with those hooked on alcohol and drugs. The Priory hospital, which is famous for its celebrity patients, set up the unit to meet what it says is mounting demand from worried parents.
    Source:- The Independent, Thursday 24 May 2007, page 13

    Tattoo payout to disabled woman
    A disabled woman has won £2,5000 compensation from a tattoo parlour. Preston county court was told that Jordon Dean, owner of Body Creation, told her family: “We don’t do people like that.”
    Source:- The Times, Thursday 24 May 2007, page 34

    Exam results fall in deprived inner city wards
    Education standards in some of the poorest parts of the country have dropped in the past 10 years, a report by right-wing think-tank the Bow Group said.
    It found that the proportion of pupils gaining five good GCSEs fell in 695 wards.
    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Thursday 24 May 2007, page 6

    Rules to stop ‘sham’ marriages declared unlawful
    The Court of Appeal yesterday declared rules to prevent sham marriages by illegal immigrants as unlawful on human rights grounds. Lord Justice Buxton said the scheme could only be lawful if it prevented marriages intended to improve the immigration status of one or both of the parties; instead, it effectively required non-European Union citizens to seek government permission to marry.
    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Thursday 24 May 2007, page 14

    Hewitt accused of ‘serial incompetence’
    Health secretary Patricia Hewitt faced a barrage of criticism for her performance yesterday, including a vote of no-confidence in the Commons tabled by the Conservatives.
    Though Hewitt won the vote, the Tories predicted she would be sacked or moved by Gordon Brown when he becomes prime minister.
    Source:- The Daily Mail, Thursday 24 May 2007, page 30

    Meet Britain’s first sex-change mayor
    A Liberal Democrat councillor is set to become the first transgender mayor of a British council. Jenny Bailey has been appointed mayor-elect of Cambridge Council.
    Source:- The Daily Telegraph, Thursday 24 May 2007, page 2

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