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PRT: Can they legally be treated differently than men? - Effective community sentences that command the confidence of the courts should cut women’s offending, reduce the women’s prison population and save the public purse, according to a report launched by the independent Women’s Justice Taskforce on the Prison Reform Trust website.
Over the past 15 years the women’s prison population has risen from 1,800 to over 4,000 today – an increase of 114%. Most women serve short sentences for non-violent crime and for those serving sentences of less than 12 months, almost two thirds are reconvicted within a year of release.
The average cost of a women’s prison place is £56,415 a year. By contrast, an intensive community order costs in the region of £10,000 - £15,000.
DfE: Let them have a childhood - A 6-month independent review into the commercialisation & sexualisation of childhood, calls on businesses & media to play their part in ending the drift towards an increasingly sexualised ‘wallpaper’ that surrounds children.
Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of Mothers’ Union, who led the independent review, has listened to parents’ concerns about the barriers they face in bringing up their children. They are particularly unhappy with the increasingly sexualised culture surrounding their children, which they feel they have no control over.
They singled out sexually explicit music videos, outdoor adverts that contain sexualised images, and the amount of sexual content in family programmes on TV.
Reg Bailey’s recommendations are based on parents’ concerns and are intended to support them, make sure their views are taken more seriously by businesses and broadcasters, and help children understand the potential dangers they face. They will put control back in the hands of families.
TNA: Twittering on about their archives - On Thursday 9 June 2011, The National Archives will spend the day answering your questions on Twitter, as part of #AskArchivists Day. On this day, you can use your Twitter account to ask us any questions about our collection, online resources and how to research at The National Archives.
They will have many of their experts on hand, so ask them: how to start your research, about archival practice & advice, where to find a particular record, about conservation, digital preservation and web archiving.
In the afternoon, between 14:00 and 16:00, Oliver Morley, Chief Executive and Keeper, will also be available to answer any questions you may have for him, as part of their Meet the Keeper.
STFC: Fancy helping to see into the future? - The Science & Technology Facilities Council is seeking nominations for members to its Futures Advisory Panel, to provide independent advice to STFC on the overall programme priorities and balance of funding across the global challenge themes of energy, the environment, healthcare and security.
If anyone wishes to discuss the role of panel members please contact Catherine Ewart. If you wish to nominate yourself or a colleague please send the nominee’s full name, institution, a brief summary of their expertise and their contact details to Sharmila Banerjee.
Press release ~ Nominations process ~ STFC Futures Programme
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Like swallowing an elephant, organisations that successfully use business improvement programmes to bring about change take them one bite at a time. Those who try to swallow them whole tend to stray into one of two ‘danger zones’.
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