Forced marriages peak in school holidays

The Home Office and Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) have issued a warning to teachers, doctors and airport staff to be alert to forced marriages over the school holidays.

The summer usually marks a peak in reports of forced marriage cases, when youngsters can be taken on ‘holiday’, unaware of the real purpose of the trip. Between June and August last year, the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), a joint operation by the Home Office and the FCO, received over 400 reports.

This year the unit is handing out ‘Marriage: it’s your choice’ cards to provide help and information to potential victims, telling them where they can get confidential advice and support. The cards also remind young people to speak to police or airline staff if they find themselves at an airport with nowhere to turn.

Crime prevention minister Jeremy Browne said: “The rise in forced marriage reports over the school holidays is shocking. Teenagers expecting their GCSE or A-level results should be embarking on a bright future, not condemned to a marriage with someone they have never met and do not want to

 

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Fawcett Society Accuse Government of Sabotaging Equality Duty

The Fawcett Society have this week accused the coalition government of reversing and dismantling some key measures that were designed to protect both women and minority groups.

Those campaigning for equality took part in a protest outside the Home Office to express their frustration about the possible removal of the public sector equality duty (PSED), legislation that is expected to be reviewed by the government in the next few weeks.

The PSED was set up to tackle inequalities in April 2011, having been introduced under the Equality Act 2010. Scrapping it gives rise to fears about weakening the state’s role in dealing with inequality. 

The Fawcett Society is the UK’s leading campaigning organisation for women’s equality and rights. Chief Executive Ceri Goddard argues that although slow progress in equality laws has been made over the years, in only two years of our coalition government coming into power many equality laws have been reversed.

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Campaign on the use of restraint in psychiatric units

A BBC report on the National Mind campaign on the use of physical restraint in mental health services reveals the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust to have the highest number of instances of face down restraint in the country. Over 900 are reported, compared to very few in some NHS Trusts, although some Trusts did not provide the figures. Face down restraint is linked to a number of deaths. Sheffield Health and Care NHS Trust has banned the use of face down restraint after the Medical director, Professor Tim Kendall had it demonstrated on him to see what it felt like.

To find out about restraint according to postcode, along with a report on each local NHS trust comparing it to the national average visit
www.mind.org.uk/crisiscare/restraint

For the BBC report visit
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22955917

Campaign on the use of restraint in psychiatric units

A BBC report on the National Mind campaign on the use of physical restraint in mental health services reveals the Northumberland Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust to have the highest number of instances of face down restraint in the country. Over 900 are reported, compared to very few in some NHS Trusts, although some Trusts did not provide the figures. Face down restraint is linked to a number of deaths. Sheffield Health and Care NHS Trust has banned the use of face down restraint after the Medical director, Professor Tim Kendall had it demonstrated on him to see what it felt like.

To find out about restraint according to postcode, along with a report on each local NHS trust comparing it to the national average visit
www.mind.org.uk/crisiscare/restraint

For the BBC report visit
www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22955917

Responding to the Francis Report: Patients First and Foremost

The Department of Health is holding five regional events to discuss the national and local response to the Francis Report. This is an opportunity for national organisations, including the Department of Health, Care Quality Commission, and NHS England and local organisations in health and social care, to meet and discuss the actions they are taking forward. These events are open to anyone working at any level, either in or with health and social care, who have an interest in taking forward the collective response to Francis. 

The Newcastle event will be on Wednesday 31 July, to book visit http://francisnewcastle.eventbrite.co.uk/

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