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Tuesday, 29 Aug, 2006

Alert as Youth Prisoner Escapes

A teenager with severe psychiatric problems escaped after attacking his carer during an organised fishing trip. William Pritchard, 16, had been sent to St Nicholas Hospital, Newcastle, from a young offenders' institution under a mental health order. On an outing in Felton, Northumberland on Monday, he threatened to sexually assault…
Tuesday, 29 Aug, 2006

Putting Care Users In Control

Residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead who have care provided through social services are being encouraged to take advantage of a scheme that will give them greater freedom to choose who comes into their home to help them, and when. Direct payments gives people more power over…
A recent study by Barnardo’s highlighted how children in care are being failed by the education system; but for black children that failure is even more pronounced. The Barnardo’s report: Failed by the System aimed to highlight “the shocking levels of disadvantage” faced by children in care, in respect of…
Scots youngsters have made a record number of complaints about bullying to ChildLine, it emerged yesterday. More than 9600 children phoned the charity hotline in 2005-2006, up from fewer than 9200 a year before. Bullying is now by far the single biggest reason to approach ChildLine, accounting for a quarter…