‘Mental health champions’ for each secondary school

June 28, 2017 2 comments

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‘Mental health first aid champions’ could be appointed for every secondary school across England under new plans announced by the government. Approximately 3,000 teachers will receive special training over the next three years in how to identify symptoms of mental illness amongst pupils, becoming lengthily titled ‘Youth Mental Health First Aid Champions’. Conditions to be…

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Government announces judicial pay review

June 21, 2017 1 comment

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The details of a large-scale review of judge’s pay have been announced by the government. According to the Senior Salaries Review Body, the review will examine the current pay structure and the link between rates of pay and particular judicial roles. Also set to fall under the spotlight are financial incentives for “judicial leadership” and…

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Goodwill for children’s minister?

June 14, 2017 2 comments

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Yorkshire MP Robert Goodwill is likely to be appointed Children’s Minister in the ongoing cabinet reshuffle, Children & Young People Now has reported. The former MEP and government whip has been the Conservative Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby since 2005. Her currently serves as the Minister of State for Skills but according to…

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Austrian woman ‘swapped at birth’

June 14, 2017 0 comments

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An Austrian family has been awarded €90,000 (£79,000) in damages after their daughter discovered that she is not related to her parents. Now 27, Doris Gruenwald made the traumatic discovery following a routine blood test, The Guardian reports. She told the Kronen Zeitung newspaper: “My whole body started shaking… It was like the ground under…

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Prime Minister appoints new Lord Chancellor

June 12, 2017 0 comments

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Tory MP David Lidington has been appointed Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice. The 60 year-old has been the Member of Parliament for Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire since 1992. His appointment comes as Prime Minister Theresa May reshuffles her cabinet following the loss of her majority in last week’s General Election. David Lidington said…

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Anti-radicalisation strategy for teens is ‘toxic’

June 12, 2017 2 comments

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The government’s key strategy to discourage the violent radicalisation of Muslim teenagers is now widely shunned and seen as “toxic” a youth worker has claimed. Prevent was introduced in 2005 by the then Blair government following the infamous London bombings in July that year. It was designed to try and divert disaffected Muslim youths away…

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24 million children ‘at risk’

May 26, 2017 0 comments

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The safety and welfare of as many as 24 million children is at risk thanks to several bitter conflicts raging across the Middle East and Africa. According to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the dangers extend beyond bombs and bullets to disease and famine. Speaking to NPR, regional director Geert Cappelaere cited Yemen which faces…

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Policeman ‘targeted’ ex-wife’s divorce lawyer

May 23, 2017 2 comments

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A Norfolk police officer who deliberately targeted his ex-wife’s divorce solicitor has been sacked. In October, the policeman stopped the lawyer’s vehicle and issued her a ticket for failing to wear a seatbelt. A recent misconduct hearing at the Norfolk Police’s headquarters in Wymondham was told that he “knew that she was a solicitor who…

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Instagram ‘has worst effect on mental health’

May 20, 2017 2 comments

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Popular photo sharing app Instagram has a more negative effect on the mental health of young people than other social network according to new research. Released in 2010, the mobile app’s initial focus on instant image processing to give a distinctive, often retro look proved highly popular and following meteoric growth Facebook acquired Instagram in…

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Millions to combat loneliness

May 19, 2017 0 comments

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A £1 million pound grant from a  youth charity set up by the government will be devoted to projects designed to counter social isolation and loneliness. Step Up To Service works to promote community involvement and volunteering amongst young people. The funding, from its #iwill Fund, will go to another charity, the Co-op Foundation. Inspired…

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