Charity seeks more adopters from minorities

    By Mithran Samuel and Maria Ahmed

    Charity seeks more adopters from minorities

    An adoption service to find homes for children from black and minority ethnic communities will be launched today by children’s charity NCH.

    Source:- The Guardian, Monday 5 November 2007, page 13
     
    Victims of abuse test six-year limit for suing over assault

    Sex attacks in childhood highlight legal loophole as four cases and that of ‘lottery rapist’ go to Lords.

    Source:- The Guardian, Monday 5 November 2007, page 14

    Town halls to set affordable housing quota

    A big rise in shared home-ownership deals for young people will be promised by ministers today, in a move to give local councils in England more control over providing affordable housing for key workers and first-time buyers.

    Source:- The Guardian, Monday 5 November 2007, page 11

    Government drive to boost teenagers’ work prospects

    New measures will be announced today by Ed Balls, the children, schools and families secretary, to tackle the problem of teenagers who play truant and later refuse to take jobs or join a training programme.

    Source:- The Guardian, Monday 5 November 2007, page 13
     
    Criminals ‘must have terms cut in full jails’

    Thousands of criminals could have their jail terms cut after one of Britain’s most senior judges said that courts were justified in giving lower sentences where prisoners faced overcrowded jails.

    Source:- The Times, Monday 5 November 2007, page 1

    Postcode could determine jail term

    A review of the prison service by Labour peer Lord Carter of Coles is expected to recommend not jailing people who have been sentenced to six months or less if there is no space in the system.

    The move, which the government is said to be actively considering, has sparked Tory criticisms of a sentencing lottery, under which people would be jailed for an offence or not depending on how overcrowded local prisons were.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Monday 5 November 2007 page 2

    40% rise in cases of child drinkers needing treatment

    Britain has seen a 40% rise in the number of young people treated for alcohol abuse in a year, new figures from the government’s National Treatment Agency show.

    NTA figures showed that the number of under-18s in treatment programmes rose from 4,781 to 6,707 from 2006-7, with a 62% rise among 12- to 14-year-olds. However, the NTA said that the rise reflected better access to treatment.

    Source:- The Daily Telegraph Monday 5 November 2007 page 8

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