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Ashya King's parents may face extradition hearing in Madrid - Mon, 01 Sep 2014
In a YouTube video posted before his arrest, Ashya's father defended his actions and said the police hunt was 'ridiculous'

The parents of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, who fled to Spain with him, are due to appear in court on Monday as police rejected criticism they had been heavy-handed in the complex and sensitive case. Ashya King was found in MŠlaga and his parents were arrested following a Europe-wide hunt after claims that his life was in grave danger if he did not receive urgent medical treatment.

Brett King, 51, and his wife, Naghemeh, 45, may face an extradition hearing at the central criminal court in Madrid after being detained under a European arrest warrant on suspicion of neglect for taking their son out of Southampton general hospital without doctors' consent.

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NHS patients have cataract operations reviewed after private treatment - Mon, 01 Sep 2014
Incident in Devon in which patients suffered complications will intensify political debate over outsourcing of NHS services

Nineteen NHS patients have had the outcome of their cataract surgery reviewed after at least two had problems with their eyes following operations at a private hospital.

The private provider concerned has offered its "sincere apologies to all patients that suffered complications" from their operations an incident that will intensify the political debate over outsourcing NHS services.

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Child abuse campaigner: Rotherham scandal is part of a 'vastly wider issue' - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Hilary Willmer worked with families in Rotherham in the late 1990s and blames the police and council for not acting

Child abuse is far more widespread than has previously been acknowledged, with "huge numbers" of victims, a child protection campaigner who tried to draw attention to the Rotherham scandal more than 10 years ago has warned.

Hilary Willmer, the chair of trustees at the charity Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace), was speaking out following the report into the Rotherham abuse scandal, which found more than 1,400 youngsters were abused over 16 years.

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Ashya King case: parents face dilemma over treatment of childhood cancers - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Families of children with cancer live with anguish of allowing life-saving treatment that could also damage youngsters

Karen Capel cannot forget the conversation she and her husband Kevin had with a radiotherapist before their son, Christopher, had treatment for his brain tumour, although she wishes she could. Like Ashya King, Christopher had medulloblastoma. The radiotherapist was explaining to them what the radiation would do to his brain. If their child survived the cancer, he could still be damaged for the rest of his life.

"No parent should have to live with that," she said. "They should never have to listen to that."

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Poverty inquiry finds growing inequality in schools - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Gulf between children from low- and high-income families is starker than ever, leading to social isolation and bullying

Parents are increasingly struggling to pay for their children's school uniform, lunches and study equipment, a report on child poverty will warn this autumn.

The Children's Commission on Poverty, an 18-month inquiry that is due to report to the government in the coming weeks, has heard that classrooms across the country are witnessing a growing crisis in which the gulf between children from low- and high-income families is starker than ever.

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What is proton beam therapy? - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Ashya King's parents want their son to receive a cancer treatment the NHS says is suitable only for about 1% of cases

Proton beam therapy is a form of radiotherapy designed, like all the others, to kill cancer cells. The difference between this and conventional forms of radiotherapy is that it is thought to cause less damage to the healthy tissue around the tumour and for that reason is particularly suited to children, who are more susceptible to harm from radiation because they are still growing. It is possible for large doses of radiation to cause secondary cancers in the long term.

Conventional radiotherapy uses x-rays to kill cancer cells. Technological advances have made it possible to target a tumour very precisely, so that the healthy cells around it are not irradiated. But x-rays pass through the tumour and out the other side, inevitably damaging tissue in this case part of the child's healthy brain.

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Story of a male escort - Sun, 31 Aug 2014

A dead-end job was all Josh could find in the former coal-mining town in Wales where he grew up. So he left behind his friends to become a highly paid male escort in London. Will Storr hears his story

Lets start with two lies: Josh Brandon is 21. I dont know what Joshs real name is, and when his age came up he said, Lets say 21. He has blond choirboy hair, his body is pale and vulnerable and, on his beautiful face, innocence dances with filth across wide eyes and stung, parted lips. With his young appearance, Josh is whats known as a twink. Hes also the most expensive hire on the UKs most popular escort marketplace, sleepyboy.com and is, according to its founder, the most successful in Britain. Sometimes he sees four or five clients a day, and theyre mostly married men but there are also wealthy Arabs, an arms trader and the occasional celebrity. His website notes his waist measurement, cock size and gayness to a precision of one decimal point (97.5%). He has a loyalty card scheme. Nine smiley faces earn you an hour.

Heres a funny story he told me. A few weeks ago a man arrived at Joshs flat with a dog costume in a little bag. He asked Josh to dress in a schoolboy outfit while he attached his elasticated schnozzle and plugged his tail into place. Josh had to watch a porn film, then say Come here, boy! and tickle his stomach. The client rolled over and they had sex. His snout was looking at me the whole time, says Josh. He looked exactly like a dog. It was a two-hour job: £300.

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Parents arrested as missing Ashya King found by police in Spain - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Ashya sent to hospital after father posts video online complaining about NHS treatment for his son's brain tumour

The international hunt for Ashya King, the missing five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, came to a dramatic end on Saturday night when his parents were arrested in Spain and their son was taken from them and sent to a local hospital for urgent medical treatment.

Brett and Naghemeh King, 45, were spotted in their Hyundai people carrier around 10pm by police in Velez Malaga, a town an hour to the east of Marbella. The couple, who were being held under an international arrest warrant on suspicion of neglect, had checked into a hostel about 14 miles away in Benajaraf on the Costa del Sol where they had left their six other children.

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Rotherham: The key questions answered - Fri, 29 Aug 2014

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The child abuse scandal in Rotherham has shocked the nation and dominated the news agenda for several days. Here, CYP Now looks at the background to the independent inquiry, what questions it has answered and what issues still need to be resolved.

Daily roundup: Policing, after-school care, and childcare - Fri, 29 Aug 2014

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Police force criticised over failure to record child abuse crimes; councils unaware of out-of-school care provision; and call to link childcare funding to quality, all in the news today.

Early years premium needs London weighting, councils warn - Fri, 29 Aug 2014

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Disadvantaged children in London could miss out on up to £1.1m of funding unless the £300 early years pupil premium is amended to reflect the capital’s higher living costs, councils have warned.

Campaigners seek statutory status for youth services - Fri, 29 Aug 2014

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A group of youth workers who recently lost their jobs due to council cuts have started a campaign to put youth service funding on a more sustainable footing.

ADCS urges safeguarding agencies to learn lessons from Rotherham - Thu, 28 Aug 2014

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Children‚Äôs services leaders have said the Rotherham child sexual abuse inquiry report should be a ‚Äúcall to action‚ÄĚ for all organisations and professionals working in child protection.

Children's social care spending rises five per cent - Thu, 28 Aug 2014

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Local authority spending on children’s social care has increased by more than five per cent in a single year, government figures show.

Bristol youth clubs to benefit from Banksy art sale - Thu, 28 Aug 2014

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Eight voluntary youth clubs in Bristol are set to benefit from money raised by the sale of a Banksy artwork.

Call for schools to educate boys on abuse risk - Wed, 27 Aug 2014

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Schools need to place greater emphasis on teaching boys and young men about the risks of sexual exploitation and abuse, Barnardo’s has said.

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Public health budgets given extra protection - Mon, 1 Sep 2014
Councils’ public health plans will have to be signed off by directors of the services under a tougher new checking regime aimed at preserving the £2.6bn budget for health purposes.

Calibre of senior management talent in decline, survey suggests - Fri, 29 Aug 2014
The calibre of applicants for top NHS posts is getting worse, many healthcare leaders believe.

Council threatens Mid Staffs with 'inevitable' legal challenge - Mon, 1 Sep 2014
Plans to shift maternity services away from Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust as part of its dissolution could face a legal challenge from Stafford Borough Council.

HSJ Live 01.09.2014: Miliband considers health tax, say reports - Mon, 1 Sep 2014
Health tax could be introduced under a Labour government, plus the rest of today’s news and comment

Cornwall summit to discuss tripartite merger proposal - Fri, 29 Aug 2014
STRUCTURE: The chief executive of a south west trust hoping to merge with a social enterprise and mental health provider in the region is due to meet the heads of the proposed merger partners next month.

Government 'not trusted' over NHS - Fri, 29 Aug 2014
More than two out of five people do not trust the government to protect the NHS, according to a study.

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Podcast: A crash course for social workers on changes to the Mental Health Act code of practice - Wed, 27 Aug 2014

A 10 minute guide to some of the key changes to the code of practice and some concerns that have been raised by practitioners

CQC report highlights impact of mental health bed pressures on patient care - Fri, 22 Aug 2014

Wide-ranging inspection report shows how high occupancy levels impacting patient and staff

Lamb: Children‚Äôs mental health system ‚Äėnot fit for purpose‚Äô - Wed, 20 Aug 2014

Minister says NHS England and Department of Health taskforce will ‚Äėfind best solution‚Äô to service failures

Adult services director: ‚ÄėIt‚Äôs impossible to deal with a ten-fold increase in workload overnight‚Äô - Wed, 13 Aug 2014

Solihull council's director of adult services tells us how the council is responding to a surge in deprivation of liberty cases

How one council hopes a dedicated Dols team can help manage surge in cases - Wed, 13 Aug 2014

Barnsley council explain their strategy to tackling a hike in cases triggered by landmark 'Cheshire West' court ruling

Children facing ‚Äėunacceptable‚Äô delays for mental health care, say council leaders - Wed, 13 Aug 2014

Council leaders believe only overhaul of children's mental health system can now ensure improvement

Social workers pulled from casework to clear backlog in deprivation of liberty referrals - Wed, 13 Aug 2014

Warning that scramble for BIAs to cope with surge in referrals in wake of court ruling risks depleting social work teams

‚ÄėStreamlined deprivation of liberty process risks rubber-stamping local authority decisions‚Äô - Mon, 11 Aug 2014

Sector reaction to plans to 'fast-track' the Court of Protection process for handling deprivation of liberty cases

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Awema former chief executive Nasir Malik cleared of two counts of fraud - Mon, 01 Sep 2014
Malik was found not guilty of defrauding the equality charity of £16,000, but the jury was unable to reach a verdict on a third charge

Thousands of pounds in donations in doubt as Student Adventures calls in receiver - Fri, 29 Aug 2014
Help for Heroes and the Teenage Cancer Trust among the charities affected by the financial problems of the charity expedition company

Charity Commission contacts the Bradley Wiggins Foundation over transparency on donations - Fri, 29 Aug 2014
A magazine report says supporters of the foundation, set up by the cyclist to encourage community participation in sport, have been 'left in the dark' about how the money has been spent

EU data protection plans 'potentially disastrous' for charity fundraising - Fri, 29 Aug 2014
The proposals would require people to give explicit consent before an organisation could contact them for marketing purposes, report warns

Most ice bucket challenge participants 'have not then given to charity' - Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Survey by discount voucher website finds 56 per cent of those taking the challenge did not make charitable donations afterwards

Scottish government expands water charge exemption scheme to four out of five charities - Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Charities and community amateur sports clubs with annual incomes of less than £200,000 will not have to pay water and sewerage charges, according to a minister's letter

Regulator opens inquiry into poverty charity - Thu, 28 Aug 2014
The move follows the Ummah Welfare Foundation's failure to follow the regulator's advice

Only six per cent of senior managers in top 50 charities are not white - Thu, 28 Aug 2014
Survey by Third Sector also finds that only 8 per cent of trustees are non-white and only six of 50 chief executives

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Tick-boxing has 'no place' in the unplanned admissions DES, says NHS England - Fri, 22 Aug 2014

There is ‚Äėno place‚Äô for GPs or nurses to adopt an ‚Äėinsensitive tick-box approach‚Äô in the completion of care plans for the unplanned admissions DES, NHS England has said.

ARB ‚Äėloses antihypertensive effect at very high altitudes‚Äô - Fri, 29 Aug 2014

Patients taking an ARB to control their blood pressure should be warned  the drug may no longer work at very high altitudes, according to researchers who found  the drug telmisartan became ineffective in people trekking at 5,400 metres above sea level.

RCGP Scotland calls for extended training to focus on encouraging rural careers - Thu, 28 Aug 2014

Trainees to spend time in rural practices

Practices will have to pay to access additional support to get them out of CQC 'special measures' - Thu, 28 Aug 2014

Exclusive Measure criticised as ‚Äėfinal straw‚Äô by GP leaders

Practices warned about changes to annual holiday pay entitlement - Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Medical defence body reports increased queries about holiday pay

Hypertension self-management may be included in NICE guidelines update - Wed, 27 Aug 2014

Self-monitoring and self-titration of antihypertensive drugs resulted in improved blood-pressure control

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