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Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 05/08/2010 - 08:31

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Wacky numbers on the learning disabled

Last month’s least likely claim appeared in The Times (9 July, below).

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 08/06/2010 - 15:31

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Legal challenge to vetting scheme

The Royal College of Nursing is seeking a judicial review of the vetting and safeguarding scheme launched by the last government, and often the subject of criticism

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 08/06/2010 - 13:55

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Hymning the praises of Welsh

It’s no surprise that the Welsh Language Board wants to push the teaching of Welsh. That’s its job.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 25/05/2010 - 17:20

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Rapists in short trousers

Yesterday’s conviction of two boys, both aged ten, for the crime of attempted rape raises once more the knotty issue of rape statistics.

Sheila Bird :: Fri, 26/03/2010 - 11:03

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Waiting for data on child deaths from pandemic flu

Three months into 2010, we still have no data on the number of children who died as a result of pandemic flu in 2009.

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 21/01/2010 - 16:02

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Safeguarding scheme hit by “double jeopardy” fears

Back in September, I asked the Independent Safeguarding Authority how it had arrived at the figure of 11.3 million adults who would need to be vetted before they could be allowed regular access to children (their own excluded, naturally).

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 11/01/2010 - 14:53

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Speaking with difficulty

More than one in five boys and one in seven girls have difficulty in learning to talk, according to research released last week by Jean Gross, England’s “Communications Champion&r

Nigel Hawkes :: Thu, 07/01/2010 - 10:43

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Autism: more cases, or more diagnoses?

Is the rise in diagnoses of autism the result of changing diagnostic practice, rather than any sinister environmental cause? New evidence from California points in that direction.  

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 03/11/2009 - 13:34

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New report rewrites the obesity trends - or does it?

Obesity trends in children are levelling off, says the National Heart Forum in a new report. Hooray, we’re not going to be quite as fat in 2020 as we thought we were.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 13/10/2009 - 12:35

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Child Safety: between a rock and a hard place

Ed Balls, the children’s secretary, has said that parents who look after each other’s children will not have to undergo criminal record checks and take childcare courses to make their arrangements legal.