Saturday, 31 May 2008
Thursday, 29 May 2008
It might seem strange to be excited by this stuff but I don't get out much :-)
Posted by Nogbad at 22:26:00
Monday, 26 May 2008
Saturday, 24 May 2008
Friday, 23 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
Who said that the web would get rid of service???
I'm off to give it another go!
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
The report goes on to suggest that the £110 m/annum spent on the Offender Learning and Skills Service (OLASS) is not delivering "to the level of which the service is capable" (NAO, 2008).Offenders have severe learning and skills needs: half of offenders in custody have no qualifications and almost 40 per cent have a reading age beneath that expected of a competent 11 year old. Addressing this is challenging as offenders are likely to have negative experiences of education in the past – almost half of offenders were excluded from school.Meeting Needs? The Offenders learning and skills service - National Audit Office report (March, 2008)
According to Debra Baldwin, Head of Prisoner Skills & Employment for NOMS nearly 70% of offenders have never been employed and if a parent is an offender a child has a better than 50% chance of ending up in gaol.
70% of convicted felons have two or more recognisable mental disorders
60% misused drugs and/or alcohol
32% were homeless prior to conviction.
The prison system in this country is actually serving as a final destination for those poorly served by compulsory education; 50% of those in prison were excluded from school, 30% were regularly truanting from school. Of course this raises another issue - should the school system be the place where those with mental illnesses can be diagnosed? And if it is what services have we in place to support people? But there can be little doubt that the current policy of building "Titan" prisons; prisons built to accommodate increasing numbers of offenders, won't deal with the real issues - in the UK today we wait until those who can't deal with modern society offend and then lock them away. And that's simply not working.
Sunday, 11 May 2008
Posted by Nogbad at 20:05:00
I thought that might generate interest!
Health care in Spain will now extend to offering a service for teenagers in Second Life. They are able to use an anonymous service to discuss health issues.
"This is a way to talk about their doubts about taking drugs or sexual relations which they cannot do in a traditional consultation."
Check out the Guardian story, hat-tip to JW for spotting it.