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As the youngest of nine children Ola Tony-Obot was expected from an early age to learn a trade and forget her education. But refusing to give up on her ambitions, Ola set herself on a path that saw her pick up a First Class degree in Health and Social Care.…
New research shows that 67% of unemployed 17-19 year olds in Newcastle come from the 25% of 17-19 year olds who have had multiple contacts with children’s social care. An analysis of 8,000, 17-19 year olds in Newcastle, carried out by Social Finance and Newcastle City Council, in partnership with…
An evaluation of the Durham Aycliffe Secure Centre specialist unit working with young victims of child sexual exploitation. The report looks at how the specialist unit’s programme can improve the mental health and well-being of sexually exploited young people. Executive Summary The rise in concern about sexual exploitation and the…
The University of Sunderland has announced the launch a new School of Nursing as well a new three-year BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing Practice. The new School of Nursing will be housed within the University’s Sciences Complex, home of its research laboratories and School of Pharmacy, though ambitious plans will see…
Valuable research at a North East university is in danger of not going ahead because of a lack of voices from a too often silent population. Male domestic violence is an issue that, as with any domestic violence, causes psychological harm such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. The difference…
The Children’s Commissioner for England visited Teesside University last week to talk about the important role education can play in shaping the future of care leavers’ lives. Anne Longfield OBE was the guest speaker at the annual Raising Aspirations for Young People in Care Conference, held in partnership with NERAP…
A paedophile has joined his father, brother and nephew in becoming the family's fourth convicted child sex offender. Derek Smith, 50, from Darlington, has been jailed for 16 years after he was convicted over a string of offences against children. The former labourer, whose crimes date back to the 1980s,…
A 16-year-old girl said to associate with criminals feared to be involved in sex trafficking should be placed into secure accommodation for her own protection, a family court judge has ruled. Social services bosses from North Tyneside Council asked Judge Jeremy Freedman to rule that the teenager - who is…
Cafcass has launched Parenting Plan and Family Meetings: a free support service for separated parents in Greater Manchester, Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire to assist families to agree arrangements for their children away from court. Here we take a look at one of the initial pilots which was a pre-cursor…
Cafcass has this week launched Parenting Plan and Family Meetings, a free support service for parents in Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire. Parents from these areas who are having difficulties reaching agreements about their children after separation can book a free meeting with a qualified professional from Cafcass. In this…
Many children suffering from the trauma of sexual abuse can benefit from a therapy using creative methods, according to a study by Durham and Bristol universities. The therapy offered by the NSPCC, called Letting the Future In, gives children a chance to talk about their abuse experiences and to express…
A man in his 20s who features in a large-scale police investigation into child sexual exploitation twice made a teenager pregnant, a family court judge has been told. The teenager, now 17, had become pregnant at 15 and given birth to a boy at 16, Judge Simon Wood heard. She…
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Dress for success

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Although some companies have relaxed their dress code for employees, many still expect a professional look in interviews for new recruits. Here we look at why it is still important to companies.

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Resigning with class!

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Are you preparing to resign from your current job? Some job seekers have a hard time doing so, either because they love the job and their colleagues or because they can't stand the job and can't wait to leave. 

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When the workplace is a hell place

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Founder of Just Fight On, Jo-Anne Brown, spoke exclusively to us about bullying and harassment in the workplace. Bullying only happens to weak people. It only happens in school playgrounds.

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