MoJ: Locking them up may be justified ‘retribution’, but it is only a temporary measure which doesn’t address the long-term issues - A dedicated mentoring website linking offenders to high-quality support to get their lives back on track was launched last week. The justmentoring website will, for the first-time, give prisoners or offenders in the community quick & easy access to a range of mentoring services, helping break the depressing cycle of crime many are trapped in.
They will be able to find help to address the root causes of their offending such as drug & alcohol addiction, homelessness, unemployment and mental health issues. Former criminals who have turned their back on crime will also be able to link up with mentoring organisations, where they can volunteer their knowledge & experience to work with current offenders, supporting them to ‘go straight’ from the moment they set foot in the community.
Re-offending rates have barely changed in a decade despite £4bn a year being spent on prisons & probation. More than 58% of prisoners serving less than 12 months go on to commit further crime within a year of release. Justmentoring will be available on the ‘virtual campus’, a highly secure IT system for prisoners to access certain websites to help with issues such as job searches.
Monitor: Monitor ‘doing what it says on the label’ - Peterborough & Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is financially unsustainable in its current form, according to an independent report presented to health sector regulator Monitor. The Contingency Planning Team (CPT) sent in by Monitor to protect the interest of local patients has found the Trust is clinically & operationally sustainable. In the CPT’s opinion clinical quality of patient care is appropriate and, on the whole, within expected performance levels.
Ofsted: Do ‘clever’ children get ignored in class because they can cope, while those less able / more troublesome need / get most of the teacher’s attention? - The Ofsted’s new landmark survey, The most able students: are they doing as well as they should in our non-selective secondary schools?, finds that 'too few maintained schools & academies set high enough expectations of what their brightest students can achieve'.
Ofsted reached its conclusions, having reviewed evidence from a variety of sources, including reports from over 2,000 lessons observed by Inspectors, and visits to 41 non-selective secondary schools across the country. Many students became used to performing at a lower level than they were capable of. Parents or carers and teachers accepted this too readily.
The visits undertaken by HM Inspectors did identify a number of key characteristics shared by those schools that were successfully supporting their most able students. However, too few schools adopted these good practices.
NICE: Nursing care can often fall into the bad habit of ignoring the mobility problems faced by hospital patients - Healthcare professionals should consider patients aged 65 or older, and those aged over 50 with underlying conditions such as stroke, at high risk of falling while in hospital care, according to updated guidelines from NICE. Healthcare professionals should also consider a multi-factorial assessment and multi-factorial intervention for patients at risk of falling in hospital.
These assessments should identify a patient's individual risk factors for falling in hospital that can be treated, improved or managed during their expected stay. Such risk factors may include cognitive impairment, continence problems, a history of falls, postural instability and visual impairment.
Falling is the leading cause of injury-related admissions to hospital in those over 65, and costs the NHS an estimated £2.3bn per year. A number of falls occur in hospitals, with nearly 209,000 reported between 1 October and 30 September 2012. While many who fall only experience minor cuts or bruises, over the past year 90 people died and around 900 experienced hip fractures and head injuries as a result of falls.
PC&PE: Equality for women is so much more than just achieving equal pay - Ending violence against women & girls is the litmus test for whether ‘development’ is working in poor countries such as Afghanistan, say MPs in report by the Commons International Development Committee published last week.
MPs endorse a policy framework put in place by UK government to make action to tackle the scourge of violence against women & girls a key priority for the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) in all areas of its work.
The Committee highlights how DFID recently launched a new £35m programmes to address female genital mutilation. “140 million girls & women worldwide have suffered from this harrowing practice, which is usually performed on children by unskilled practitioners with unsterilized instruments and no anaesthetic,” says Sir Malcolm.
DCMS: If history is not to repeat itself, we must keep alive the memories of actions, sacrifices & mistakes we made decades ago - The government has launched a dedicated website & logo for the 4-year programme of remembrance marking the 100th anniversary of the First World War between 2014 & 2018. Latest news about the government plans for commemoration, including information of national events & activities from the cultural programme will feature on the website.
UKOC: And this year’s theme will be! - Last month, UK Online Centres asked for your in help in deciding on the theme for this year’s Get online week campaign. They had lots of great suggestions and now they want your help again - to vote for the best! They have boiled your great ideas down to their 4 favourites, and you can find them - and vote for your favourite - in a very quick online survey.
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