Report finds children with disabilities more at risk of suspension from school

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A report has recently found that children with disabilities and children of colour, particularly black children, are suspended at “hugely disproportionate rates” compared to white, non-disabled children. This report comes from the Discipline Disparities Research-to-Practice Collaborative, a group of 26 experts from fields of social science, education and law at Indiana University. The group argue […]

Demonstrations against Atos take place across the country

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Demonstrations against Atos took place in Southampton, Canterbury and outside of Atos Head office in Brighton – at the end of last month. Atos Healthcare is the private company that has been contracted by the Coalition Government to assess whether sick and disabled people are ‘fit for work’. ITV covered the demonstrations, fostering campaigners’ hopes […]

Essex Police launch new website to cut down on hate crime

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Essex Police have designed and launched a brand new website, dedicated to preventing hate crime. The new website called ‘Stop the hate’ provides information on what hate crime is, how to report incidents, news items and details of supporting organisations. What is hate crime? The ‘Stop the hate’ website defines hate crime or ‘prejudice-based incidents’ as […]

Disabled Living Foundation Sets Up New Simple Electronic Aid Library

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The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF), the national charity providing information on daily living equipment, has recently received a grant from the Department of Health to set up a library of simple electronic aids. After being piloted in selected areas, the electronic aid library is now being implemented across England. The equipment will be available for […]

Mother–of–six forced to pay £300 a week bill for her children’s care after they were removed by Essex Social Services

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  A mother-of-six, who had her children removed from her care by Social Services, was made to pay the bill for their care. Daniele Towers, 32 of Harlow, Essex, started receiving letters from Essex County Council demanding she paid £300 a week towards her six children’s care. Ms Towers explained: “I was told that if […]

News from Southend CCG Engage

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Please click on the attached PDF for all the latest news from Southend CCG, including: what your local CCG is doing to improve healthcare in Southend, how you can get involved with decision making, as well as tips on staying healthy. SCCG – ENGAGE March 2014   Source The Engagement Team, NHS Southend CCG.

Development Worker needed for SAFE

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SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex), is seeking a committed, organised, efficient individual to provide co-ordination and development activities for this small but dynamic parent support group. Candidates must demonstrate strong organisational, communication and IT skills, be able to work on their own initiative and as part of a team. Knowledge about the issues surrounding […]

South East and Central Essex Mind – Services & Events

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South East and Central Essex Mind (SECE Mind) have recently announced they are extending their counselling and support services. SECE Mind’s fifth Mental Health Conference takes place on 20th June 2014, at Writtle College, Chelmsford, and has several workshops already confirmed. This year’s event is organised in partnership with the Essex Police and Crime Commissioner, […]