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A prison once branded dangerous and Dickensian has made immensely encouraging progress, a report said.Maghaberry high-security jail in Co Antrim holds life prisoners convicted of the most serious offences including murder and paramilitaries.Many struggle with substance abuse, self-harm, lack of education and poor mental health and some are extremely vulnerable.In…
The Department of Health and Department of Justice in Northern Ireland have published new Guidance on how employers can increase awareness and respond more effectively to domestic and sexual violence and abuse. The Guidance was launched at an event in Belfast City Hall attended by trade unions and statutory, voluntary…
People lost their home every 18 minutes in Scotland last year, according to a new study.Figures published by Shelter Scotland indicate 43,000 people, including children, became homeless in 2017.The analysis follows a report by Shelter Scotland that homelessness applications rose in the country for the first time in nine years…
Patients at Scotland’s highest security psychiatric hospital are being impacted by low staffing levels, according to a report.An evaluation by the Mental Welfare Commission indicated emergency measures taken to control the State Hospital budget earlier in the year had resulted in a reduced number of employees and resources being stretched.The…
More than two-fifths of the accommodation for asylum seekers in England and Wales is not fit for purpose, a report has found.The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration (ICIBI) said that in the 22 months to January 31 this year, only a quarter (24%) of 8,313 properties inspected were…
People affected by terrorism are being let down amid a "profound crisis" in mental health services, campaigners claim.Survivors of attacks have been forced to pay for their own treatment or wait months for an appointment, according to a report.The paper - published today by Survivors Against Terror - is based…
Urgent checks are being made on up to 3,000 foreign doctors after it was revealed a fake psychiatrist was allowed to practice for 22 years with no qualification.Zholia Alemi claimed she had a primary medical qualification when she first registered in the UK in 1995.In reality, her claim to have…
One of the biggest home care providers in England is looking to transfer or sell its contracts after concerns were raised over its financial viability.Allied Healthcare said on Friday that warnings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had "negatively impacted" their operation.The company said a number of customers had transferred…
Vulnerable people living in care homes and their families will be better protected from unfair care home practices and secretive fees under new guidance published today. The guide, published by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), sets out what providers should and should not be doing, to protect vulnerable older…
A private care home has been convicted and heavily fined for failing to protect two vulnerable young adults from a sexually "predatory" resident.Hillgreen Care were required to provide round-the-clock supervision of the offending young man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, because of his history of sexual abuse allegations.But…
Doctors, nurses and teachers could face criminal charges for failing to report forced marriage cases under plans being considered by the Government.Ministers are weighing up the possibility of introducing a mandatory reporting duty to boost efforts to tackle the "hidden crime".A Home Office consultation paper published on Thursday seeks views…
A licensing scheme should be launched for hand car washes to stop workers being exploited, MPs are urging.Thousands of cheap hand car washes have sprung up in the past 15 years on car parks and disused forecourts, but they often do not pay the minimum wage or holiday pay, the…
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