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A scholarship scheme for refugees and asylum seekers will run for a second year following a successful pilot, the University of Bristol has announced. Introduced last year, the Sanctuary Scholarship Scheme offers support towards the cost of full or part-time undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Its aim is to enhance opportunities…
Thirteen directors, managers and staff at two care homes have been convicted of imprisoning disabled adults in empty rooms to punish or control them, it can be reported. An abusive culture developed in which vulnerable residents were left alone for hours on end with little food or water by managers…
A social worker who sold the address of an adopted child to her birth mother to pay for a holiday to the Dominican Republic has walked free from court. Androulla Farr, 50, contacted the "vulnerable" mother and offered to hand over details of her young daughter's adopted family in exchange…
A social worker edited notes made about a mother-of-two embroiled in family court litigation with the intention of "bolstering" a council's case, a judge has concluded. Linda Fraser, a consultant social worker who was working on the woman's case for Bristol City Council, had been dishonest and shown a "willingness…
An NHS Trust has apologised after an elderly woman remained on a ward for six months at a cost of more than £80,000 despite being fit for discharge. Iris Sibley, 89, and her family were left "distressed and let down" after multiple attempts to move her into a nursing home…
A review of studies examining perceived life expectancy among people with long term health conditions has found patients may overestimate their life expectancy. In a review of more than 700 patients from the UK, Netherlands and the USA with heart, kidney or lung disease, it was found that patients were…
A little boy whose play space was also a dog feeding area must be placed for adoption, a family court judge has ruled. The youngster, now three, had lived with his mother and spent a lot of time at his maternal grandmother's home, Judge Stephen Wildblood heard. His mother's home…
Three Somali men who were part of an inner city sex ring involving the abuse, rape and trafficking of young British girls have been jailed. Victims as young as 14 were subjected to sexual abuse that was "degrading, violent and horrible" in inner city Bristol. Some of the girls were…
A disabling disease which drains energy out of sufferers is to be tackled with a new online treatment trial of more than 700 children and teenagers. Those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) have erratic sleeping patterns, experience nausea and headaches, and are persistently left crippled with exhaustion. Yet, just one…
Updated advice on how to work with parents who have learning difficulties has been issued by the Working Together with Parents Network (WPTN), led by the University of Bristol. Government guidance on working with parents with a learning disability had not been updated since its publication in 2007. Nadine Tilbury,…
Young girls were abused, raped and trafficked for sex by Somali men, a court has heard. Alleged victims as young as 12 were subjected to sexual abuse that was "degrading, violent and horrible" in inner city Bristol, the city's Crown Court was told. Some of the seven were allegedly given…
A man who kidnapped a teenager and sexually assaulted her in a "dungeon" has been jailed after police tracked him down more than 30 years later. David Green, 60, approached the 15-year-old girl as she walked along the seafront at Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, in the afternoon of July 17 in 1983.…
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