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NUT to hold strike ballot after the election over cuts

Schoolchildren could face disruption before the end of the year after teachers voted for a post-election ballot on national strikes over education funding cuts. Delegates at the National Union of Teachers annual conference in Harrogate backed a resolution effectively giving the next government a six-month deadline to come up with a fresh plan to protect school spending, or face industrial action, including walkouts.

NUT to hold strike ballot after the election over cuts Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

They warned that the looming funding cuts currently faced by schools and colleges will damage pupils' education, lead to job losses and hit teachers' pay, pensions and workload.

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Barnardo's: Parental leave 'not only a woman's issue'

A charity is warning the legislation will not have the desired impact unless businesses give it their full backing.

Barnardo's believes the new measures will allow low-paid working families, where the mother is the higher earner, the opportunity to provide parental support for their child without worrying about losing their jobs.

Leave to look after children is not only a woman's issue.

This law can spearhead a profound cultural change and tackle long-standing gender-biased attitudes to parenting.

This entitlement must be met with a commitment from businesses to ensure employees understand their rights and suffer no stigma in the workplace for taking parental leave.

– Barnardo's chief executive Javed Khan

The legislation applies equally for same-sex and adoptive couples.

Barnardo's: Employers must back parental leave law

A charity has said employers must throw their weight behind a new law which allows fathers of new babies to share parental leave with their partners - or it could quickly "run into the sand".

Barnardo's: Employers must back parental leave law. Credit: PA

Parents of babies born from tomorrow can now split up to 52 weeks of shared parental leave between them as well as up to 39 weeks of statutory shared parental pay, Barnardo's said.

New plans to improve youth mental health care

The Government have unveiled their places to improves mental health support for young people.

A host of new measures are planed, including:

  • An anti-stigma campaign to improve awareness of youth mental health issues.
  • Young people to have access to timely support in every part of the country. Applying similar waiting times to mental as clinical health.
  • A one-stop-shop service to give children access to the right support.
  • Extra training for those who work with children, including GPs.
  • Support to continue past teenage years into the early 20s.
  • Improving access for children and young people who are particularly vulnerable.
  • Improved access to support using apps and other online tools.

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Child rape attacks up 37% police data shows

The total number of adult and child rapes has increased over the last five years, data released by police has shown. Recorded adult attacks rose 38% from 9,383 in 2009/10, while child rape was up 37% from 5,674.

These figures are extremely disturbing and a shocking indictment of the widening justice gap created by this Government.

Over the last four years, there has been a dire trend in recorded incidents of rape going up, but prosecutions and convictions going down. This report is the latest evidence of this appalling state of affairs.

Rape and the sexual abuse of a child - are some of the most abhorrent and heinous crimes. And victims deserve justice.

– Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "T

HMIC pubished the data on behalf of the Rape Monitoring Group (RMG), which has provided a regional breakdown of rape statistics for all forces excluding the City of London Police.

Police: Less than 1 in 3 recorded child rapes end in charge

Police: Less than 1 in 3 recorded child rapes end in charge. Credit: PA

Data released by police has revealed that fewer than one in three recorded child rapes results in a charge or summons. A total of 7,775 child rapes were recorded in 2013/14, of which 2,306 or 30% led to a charge or summons, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said.

Out of 12,952 adult rapes recorded in the same period, 2,186 or 20% led to charge or summons. The total number of adult and child rapes has also increased over the last five years.

MPs: Children's social services under 'intense pressure'

The Commons public accounts committee has said in its second annual social care report that children's social services are still under "intense pressure" amid increasing numbers of young people in need of help, stretched budgets and intense public scrutiny.

Although the [Department for Education] is clearly best placed to provide the leadership required in many cases, it shows an alarming reluctance to play an active role in securing better services and outcomes for children in care.

– Commons public accounts committee report

The PAC study says that the DfE is the government department with policy responsibility for children in care, and oversees local councils, who provide services for these youngsters.

A Department for Education spokesman said: "This report purposefully ignores the very real progress government has made in transforming the life chances of children in care."

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