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Schools have "too readily" used unofficial, illegal exclusions to deal with pupils that have special needs, inspectors have warned. Youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are more likely in general to be excluded or absent from lessons than their peers, according to a new Ofsted report. And an…
Theresa May has again rejected calls to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit as ministers announced that controversial charges of up to 55p a minute to call a helpline were to be scrapped. Appearing before a Commons committee, Work and Pensions Secretary David Gauke (pictured) said the line would be…
Two people have been arrested after allegations of neglect at a privately owned care home. The Latimer Grange Care Home in Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire, is under scrutiny from officers after further allegations of criminal offences against current and past residents. A recent inspection by the Care Quality Commission, conducted as…
Increasing numbers of gay men and lesbians in Britain are adopting children or becoming foster carers. Latest figures show that there are now more than 20,000 children living in same-sex couple families. Enabled by legislation passed in 2002, this trend is contributing to the emergence of new conceptions of family…
A report into a riot-hit jail has revealed inmates were locked up for as much as 23 hours a day and highlighted a failure to provide soap, cleaning materials and toilet paper. Scores of prisoners flooded the gangways at the Category B HMP Bedford in chaotic scenes in November 2016…
Nine females - three aged 11 - have been approached and sexually touched by an attacker in the last three months, police said. Two women aged 27 and 25, and seven children aged 11 and 13, have been approached by a man who assaulted them before fleeing on foot in…
Many cancer patients are "left to struggle" following the end of their treatment, a charity has said. Physical problems which can arise as a result of some cancer treatments such as incontinence, difficulty eating or breathlessness as well as mental health issues can mar people's recoveries, according to a new…
Encouraging older people to take it easy is damaging their health and costing the UK billions in social care, experts say. Keeping fit and physically active staves off the need for extra support - but older people are often mistakenly told they should rest, they said. They argue that the…
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