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Children's mental health services 'stuck in the dark ages'

Children's mental health services are "stuck in the dark ages", the care minister has said.

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb wants to
Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb wants to Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Norman Lamb claims services available to young people are "not fit for purpose" as he launched a new task force to modernise the system.

He told the BBC: "I don't think that children's mental health services, the way they're organised, the way they're commissioned, are fit for purpose. .

"I'm determined that we modernise services for children who have mental health problems. In many respects, the way services are organised is stuck in the dark ages and it needs to be brought into the modern age."

The new task force will look at how best to improve children's services as well as ways to make it easier for young people to get help online.


Apprenticeships 'just as good as university'

Young people need to stop "drifting" into academia "which may not be suitable for them" and see apprenticeships as "just as good as pursuing a university route," Business Secretary Vince Cable told Good Morning Britain.

Plans to help young people get more out of their apprenticeships are unveiled today, with new employer-designed standards to ensure they get the training they need.

Brits are 'ignorant' of sunburn risks, poll reveals

A survey has shown Brits are "ignorant" of the risks of sunburn with one in five believing you cannot burn if you already have a tan.

The research, by Macmillan Cancer Support, found 22 per cent did not realise they could get sunburnt through a window. While two per cent thought it was possible to get burned at night during a full moon.

Avoid sunburn by using a high SPF suncream and staying out of the midday sun.
Avoid sunburn by using a high SPF suncream and staying out of the midday sun. Credit: PA

As well as ignoring the risks 33 per cent of those questioned admitted using sun cream which was out of date and 19 per cent said they used tanning oil instead.

Carol Goodman, a skin cancer nurse specialist on the Macmillan Support Line, said the research highlighted "a very real problem" when it comes to British attitudes towards tanning and sunburn.

She said: "UK skin cancer death rates are amongst some of the worst in the world and this is largely because many people are still very ignorant about the risks of the sun.

"But the risks are very real. Sun tan lotion goes out of date after 12 months so it's important to make sure you stock up each year. Tanning oils have very low SPF protection and therefore mean you are more likely to get burnt.

"It is vital to protect your skin when out in the sun by using sun tan lotion with an SPF of at least 30, wearing sun protective clothing, including hats and sunglasses, or staying in the shade between the hours of 11am and 3pm."

Second US journalist threatened in 'beheading video'

A second journalist is seen at the end of a video appearing to show the beheading of James Foley by Islamic State militants.

The US reporter, Steven Joel Sotloff, who went missing near the border of Syria and Turkey last year, is threatened at the end of the footage as he kneels in an orange jumpsuit.

The Islamic State fighter, speaking with a British accent, says Sotloff's life depends on President Obama's "next decision".

Sotloff had written for TIME, The National Interest and Media Line before his disappearance in August 2013.

Israel: 10 rockets fired from Gaza in last hour

Israel's military claims 10 rockets have been fired from Gaza in the last hour - adding that the total launched at Israel since the end of the ceasefire is now around 70.


Since Gaza terrorists violated the latest ceasefire, they have fired about 70 rockets at Israel. 10 rockets were launched in the past hour.


Dry for many but cool with showers in places

Highs of 20C in the south but still feeling cool for the time of year.
Highs of 20C in the south but still feeling cool for the time of year. Credit: Met Office

It will be another cool day despite many places staying dry with a good deal of sunshine.

Whilst there will be some scattered showers, these should be lighter and less frequent than yesterday.

Cloud and rain will gradually spread across Scotland, Northern Ireland and the north east overnight but it will remain dry and cool further south.

Foley 'loved reporting and exposing untold stories'

James Foley, who is believed to have been killed by an Islamic State fighter, previously spoke of his love of reporting and exposing untold stories.

  • The 40-year-old, from New Hampshire, has been missing since his car was stopped in Syria in November 2012
  • Foley was working for Agence-France Press and GlobalPost at the time
  • He was held captive in Libya in 2011 but was released
  • The reporter previously told the BBC that he was "drawn to the drama of the conflict and trying to expose untold stories"

Illegal migration to the UK 'increasing'

Irregular migration to the UK "is increasing", an anti-trafficking expert said.

Andy Desmond, Director of Anti-Trafficking Consultants, told Good Morning Britain that the hot weather simply makes cases, such as those of migrants in lorries, "more overt because of their own distress."

Following the discovery of 35 Afghan Sikhs in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks at the weekend, a lorry has been discovered carrying 15 migrants with suspected dehydration in Somerset. The German driver has been arrested.

New law shows Government 'takes emotional abuse seriously'

Government plans to strengthen domestic violence laws to better support victims of psychological and emotional abuse are partly about sending a message "that this is a crime, we are taking it seriously", a Home Office minister told Good Morning Britain.

Norman Baker MP said this would give victims the confidence to come forwards.

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