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A two-session counselling programme for low-level, first time domestic abusers can cut re-offending rates by a third, a groundbreaking experiment has shown. The trial also saw the harm suffered by victims in cases of re-offending reduced by over a quarter when the abuser had taken part in the inexpensive, charity-run…
An 87-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his 86-year-old wife. Brendon Constant is accused of killing his wife Jean and was formally charged at Cambridge Magistrates' Court on Wednesday, Cambridgeshire Police said. A post-mortem examination concluded that Mrs Constant died of plastic bag asphyxia in…
A firm has been ordered to pay £100,000 after a 16-year-old boy in its care drowned on a trip to an old sand quarry. Castle Homes Limited, which ran Castle Lodge home for young people, in Cambridgeshire, admitted breaching health and safety regulations over the incident in July 2013. Two…
Young people with mental health problems who have contact with mental health services are significantly less likely to suffer from clinical depression later in their adolescence than those with equivalent difficulties who do not receive treatment, according to new research from the University of Cambridge. This comes as Prime Minister…
A group of Cambridge academics has said Theresa May appears to hold a "historically obsolete view" on welfare spending. Cutting welfare and social care budgets in times of economic hardship, on the basis these are luxuries that can only be afforded when times are good, overlooks their role in a…
More than two-thirds of adolescents who suffer from depression could see long-term benefits from receiving one of three psychological treatments – of which only one is currently recommended on the NHS – according to research published in The Lancet Psychiatry. Depression affects around one in twenty adolescents, causing considerable suffering…
A former boarding school teacher who sexually abused four pupils and had sex with one girl on his wife's wedding dress to "satisfy his fantasies" has been jailed for 12 years. Oxford-educated Simon Ball, 42, admitted sexually abusing one girl while he was director of music at Kimbolton School near…
A "catalogue of failures" resulted in the collapse of an £800 million NHS contract to outsource care of older and mentally ill people, the Commons spending watchdog warned. An influential committee of MPs concluded that the NHS lacked expertise in procurement and it was "worrying" that untested contracting arrangements could…
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