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‘Social workers ran my life as a kid in care – now I am one’

[ad_1] Image copyright Roger Bool Image caption Defying the odds - Kerry graduated in July Very early on, social workers decided the family home was not a safe place for Kerry."There was lots of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as domestic violence towards my mum. I got taken into care at the age of four."The rest of her childhood and teenage years were spent in foster-care placements and children's
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Meetings at work ‘about therapy rather than solutions’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Meetings at work should be seen as a form of "therapy" rather than about decision-making, say researchers.Academics from the University of Malmo in Sweden say meetings provide an outlet for people at work to show off their status or to express frustration.Prof Patrik Hall says more managerial and "strategy" jobs are generating more meetings - "even though few decisions are made along the way"."People don't
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Warwick University Hong Kong exchange students called back to UK

[ad_1] Image copyright Google Image caption The university said it would reimburse the flight costs of those affected Exchange students currently studying in Hong Kong have been called back to the UK by their university over fears for their safety.Students from the University of Warwick have been "strongly urged" to return as "it is no longer appropriate" for them to remain, its student newspaper said.The cost of flights will be
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One in 50 ‘children in need’ are not yet born

[ad_1] Image copyright PA Media Image caption More than 7,000 unborn children are recorded as "in need" Almost one in 50 of those officially classified as "children in need" in England have not yet been born.More than 7,000 of such vulnerable children have been put into this category before their birth, an analysis of government figures shows.The number of "unborn" recorded in the total of vulnerable children has almost trebled
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Student poverty: French march in protest after suicide bid

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption Protesters gathered at the Lyon university attended by the student Students have marched through cities across France to show solidarity with a student who attempted suicide on Friday. The 22-year-old man set himself on fire after saying he faced severe financial difficulties, which he blamed on politicians and the European Union.Students say his "desperate gesture" represents the current insecurity young people face in France.
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Teens in care in Birmingham ‘without food or bedding’

[ad_1] Image caption Paige Brookes said she was not given any bedding on her first night in the house Teenagers placed in an unregulated home in Birmingham have claimed residents were often short of food and sometimes not given bedding.Councils paid up to £28,000 per month for a child in care to be accommodated by Rodor Housing and Support Limited. Children as young as 15 years old lived in the
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Student forced to turn to food bank by loan delay

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images "I can't go out, I can't socialise, I can't join a club or have hobbies."Dan, a student at Bristol University, has had to turn to a food bank after a student loan administration error left him without money. He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme his parents' income falls just above the cut-off for extra support and he feels "let down". University of Bristol vice-chancellor,
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Inside the primary school class with 63 pupils

[ad_1] Image copyright Broadclyst Primary School Image caption This primary school in Exeter hosts a total of 63 pupils from Year 6 A primary school was thrust into the spotlight last month when it was revealed it was teaching children in classes of more than 60 pupils. BBC News spent the day at Broadclyst Community Primary School in Devon to get a flavour of what it's like to be taught
Education

Labour promises free jobs retraining for adults

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Labour is promising a £3bn plan to offer adults in England free access to retraining to help their job chances and to tackle skills shortages.Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner wants to "throw open the door" to adults wanting to learn new skills.The Lib Dems are promising a £10,000 training grant for each adult, which it calls a "skills wallet".The Conservatives have a National Retraining Scheme
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Election 2019: Labour pledges counsellors in every secondary

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images A qualified counsellor would be employed in every secondary school in England under proposals from Labour.Labour has pledged to recruit 3,500 on-site secondary-school counsellors and would ensure every primary school had a counsellor visit at least once a week.According to the House of Commons, an estimated 70% of secondary schools and 52% of primary schools in England offer counselling services.Concerns over children's mental health have