Key Quotes - Social Issues

Key Quotes - Social Issues

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Last update: Monday 22nd January
 
The NSPCC has revealed that its helpline has dealt with the highest number of calls and emails about child neglect in its history. In 2016-17 it received 19,448 calls and emails from adults concerned about child neglect, the equivalent to 53 a day. 87 per cent of those contacts were serious enough to be referred to social services or the police for further investigation, Many cases involved children under five.
Social IssuesPremier Youth and Children’s Work - October 2017
 
There are 94,000 children currently in the care system in the UK, with 35,000 coming into care in any one year.
Social IssuesPremier Christianity - November 2017
 
Foodbank volunteers are carrying out £30-million-worth of unpaid work a year, new research has revealed, writes a staff reporter. Figures published this week by the Trussell Trust and the Independent Food Aid Network (IFAN) show that volunteers are donating nearly 3 million hours each year to distribute food to those in need of emergency help, and a further 1.2 million hours to carry out administrative tasks at foodbanks. If volunteers were paid the national living wage -- currently £7.50 per hour for over 25s -- the cost would be at least £30.8 million, the study estimates.
Social IssuesChurch Times - 20th October 2017
 
A ComRes poll of over 2,000 adults in Great Britain showed that 72% of the public think abortion should continue to be subject to a legal framework, including the requirement to get the consent of two doctors and not allowing abortion after 24 weeks unless the child is disabled or the mother’s life in danger. Just 12% disagreed.
Social IssuesCARE - 7th November 2017
 
Theresa May has said that the government will consider switching the system for organ donation in England from 'opt-in' to 'opt-out'. A consultation is expected later this year. Wales has already adopted the approach, and Scotland intends to do the same.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 6th October 2017
 
A Care Quality Commission inspection of a Marie Stopes International Clinic has revealed that staff feel under pressure to encourage women to terminate their pregnancies. The Times reports concerns from staff at the Clinic that their performance would be judged negatively if a pregnant woman decided not to proceed with a termination.
Social IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 20th October 2017
 
The question ‘what is your sex’ could be scrapped from the next census for fear of offending transsexual and ‘non-binary’ people, it has emerged. A report by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) suggests that asking people to declare their sex is “irrelevant, unacceptable and intrusive, particularly to trans participants”.
Social IssuesChristian Institute - 13th October 2017
 
Hundreds of school pupils have been punished in the last four years for sexual acts, including seven who were only five years old, according to new data. The data revealed there were 754 reported incidents between July 2013 and April 2017. But the vast majority of councils contacted withheld their figures, meaning the number is probably much higher.
Social IssuesChristian Concern - 11th August 2017
 
Abortion Provider, Marie Stopes Exposed - Again
Yet again Marie Stopes International, the major abortion provider has been found to be failing women. In December 2016, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) published a highly critical report on the practices of Marie Stopes International (MSI), one of the main providers of abortion in England. It has just become apparent that their follow up report published in July also contains very serious criticisms of MSI. These included 373 abortion failures, 12 cases of women having to be taken from MSI clinics to NHS hospitals for emergency interventions, one case of an abortion taking place without consent and the employment of an unregistered nurse.
Social IssuesCARE Impact Direct - 11th August 2017
 
As many as 80 per cent of the more than 1.2 million Foodbank-users in the UK are forced to skip meals “multiple times a year” because they cannot afford basic provisions, research from the University of Oxford and King’s College, London, suggests. The research was published yesterday in a report, Financial Insecurity, Food Security, and Disability, from the Trussell Trust, which runs 428 Foodbanks across the country. Inflation, coupled with low incomes and benefit delays are largely to blame, the charity says. Of the more than 400 households served by the 18 foodbanks surveyed for its report, almost half reported regularly “unsteady” incomes. For 78 per cent of households, in the past year, going without eating was the only solution – sometimes for days at a time – to cut expenditure. Three out five said that rising or unexpected expenses, including increased food prices, were a key cause.
Social IssuesChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
More than one in ten people in debt do not have a bed to sleep in at night, and others have to rent a bed by the week because they can’t afford to buy their own, a report published by the charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) suggests, writes a staff reporter. New survey data from 1200 of CAP’s new clients in the UK also found that one in three of those who came to them for help could not afford a washing machine, and a quarter could not buy a television.
Social IssuesChurch Times - June 30 2017
 
The fall in teenage pregnancies in the UK can be linked to funding cuts for sexual health services, according to new research. Funding changes meant less advertising for services and made contraceptives less readily available. The findings have been described as a ‘wake-up call’ to those who continue to claim such services are needed to reduce teen pregnancies. The Government spent hundreds of millions of pounds on its Teenage Pregnancy Strategy between 1999 and 2010 before it was axed.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
The information reveals that 11.5 per cent of BBC bosses and 10.6 per cent of staff are LGBT. According to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics only 1.7 per cent of the population is lesbian, gay or bisexual. The number of people who have obtained a gender recognition certificate to change their legal birth sex is only 4,500 – around 0.007 per cent of the UK population.
Social IssuesThe Christian Institute Newsletter - Summer 2017
 
Seven in ten women would like to see the time limit for abortion reduced, according to a poll by the pro-life group ‘Where do they stand’.
Social IssuesPremier Christianity - July 2017
 
Councils in the UK face a £2 billion funding gap to support vulnerable children by 2020. (Local Government Association report)
Social IssuesPremier Youth and Children’s Work - July 2017
 
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