Agencies ‘fail to prevent child abuse deaths’

    Agencies “fail to prevent child abuse deaths”

    Up to 100 children are dying every year from abuse and neglect in England because social workers and health professionals are too busy arguing over who is responsible for them, according to a government-commissioned report.

    Read more on this story in The Daily Telegraph today

    Home Office defends plans to send back child asylum seekers

    The Home Office is to start the forcible removal of lone child asylum seekers, despite fears that many will be sent back to war zones where their safety and welfare cannot be guaranteed.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today


    85% of poorer white boys fall short in GCSEs

    The vast majority of white working class boys are leaving school with too few qualifications, the government said yesterday, as it published a breakdown of results revealing that 85% of white boys from poorer homes fail to get five good GCSEs.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today


    Murder rate falls for fifth successive year, but concern over “hidden” family violence

    The number of children murdered by their parents has risen by about one-third in the past year, from 24 to 33 victims, according to the latest Home Office homicide figures published yesterday.


    Read more on this story in The Guardian today


    People-smuggling gang targeted in police raid

    Scotland Yard yesterday claimed to have disrupted one of Britain¹s biggest people-smuggling rackets, which is believed to have brought about 1,000 illegal immigrants into the country over two years.

    Read more on this story in The Guardian today


    Mother’s victory could give six million right to flexitime

    European Court upholds case of woman who resigned from her job when she was denied time off work to look after her disabled son

    Read more on this story in The Times today


    Wiis keep elderly at top of their game

    Elderly residents at a Welsh nursing home are flinging themselves around with gay abandon after being given a £400 grant to buy two Nintendo Wii games console

    Read more on this story in The Times today 
     

    Darling to deliver Budget on March 12

    Alistair Darling will deliver his first Budget on March 12, the first time for more than a decade that the annual event has not been presented by Gordon Brown

    Read more on this story in The Times today

    “Make a bat box” option to avoid jail

    The government is to spend £14 million to keep criminals facing sentences of less than 12 months out of jail. Offenders will be mentored and forced to do unpaid work such as making bat boxes or growing vegetables as an alternative to being locked up, in an initiative announced by justice secretary Jack
    Straw.

    Read more on this story in The Times today


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