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NSPCC’s helpline ChildLine says it is carrying out an average 53 counselling sessions every day from children and young people with suicidal thoughts. Over the past year, 19,481 calls were made by those considering ending their own lives – double the number from five years ago.
The charity says the major triggers for these calls are a turbulent home life, abuse, school pressures and mental health conditions.
Young PeopleYouthwork - October 2016
For the first time ever, 2016 saw more humanist wedding ceremonies taking place in Scotland than those conducted by the Church of Scotland. Figures released by the National Records of Scotland show that 4,290 humanist wedding ceremonies were conducted in 2015, compared to the Church of Scotland’s 4,052. Almost 80% (3,378) were conducted by the Humanist Society of Scotland.
Religion/SpiritualityEvangelicals Now - October 2016
Sixty-five per cent of UK Christians say they have experienced the supernatural, with a quarter having had such an experience in the last seven days. The study carried out by Christian Research...showed that just five per cent did not believe in the supernatural, while two-thirds felt dark forces could be behind it as well as God.
Religion/SpiritualityChristianity - October 2016
Every 3 seconds someone in the world develops dementia. 850,000 people live with dementia in the UK, 500,000 of whom are women. Experts predict that more than one million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025.
HealthChristianity - September 2016
New treatments for osteoporosis and broken bones are in sight after ground-breaking research using ethical stem cells was released in July.
HealthEvangelicals Now - September 2016
Trust in charities is now at its highest level since 2013, with voluntary sector organisations now being rated as the fourth most trusted public institution, according to new survey data from nfpSynergy.
Social IssuesCivil Society Media - 15th December 2016
A report by digital giving platform Localgiving has found that less than half of local charities surveyed were “confident they would still be operating in five years’ time”.
Work/EmploymentCivil Society News - 16th December 2016
More than 500 children under the age of 13 have been investigated by police over sexually explicit images, new figures have revealed....The newly-released sexting statistics came from 26 police forces which said they had probed 2,287 incidents of possessing, making or distributing indecent images by children between April 2015 and 2016.
Young PeopleThe Christian Institute - 16th December 2016
Problem gambling costs the UK more than £1 billion annually, according to a ground-breaking new report. The report, commissioned by the charity GambleAware, is reported to be the most detailed report into gambling costs in recent years.
Drugs/Alcohol/AddictionsThe Christian Institute - 16th December 2016
96% of British Muslims do not believe that 9/11 was carried out by al-Qaeda, according to a new Policy Exchange survey. The survey is the largest to have been conducted on Muslims in Britain.
Religion/SpiritualityChristian Concern - 16th December 2016
A guidebook advising against using the terms 'boys' and 'girls' in case of offending 'transgender' pupils will be distributed to schools around Britain. 'Can I Tell You About Gender Diversity?' has been published by LGBT pressure group Educate and Celebrate, which is being funded by the government.
EducationChristian Concern - 16th December 2016
A record number of children have called child helplines about their 'gender confusion', it has emerged. Childline held 185 discussions with young people in Scotland about 'gender confusion' between 2015-2016, and the NSPCC held 2,796 UK counselling sessions with children experiencing confusion.
Young PeopleChristian Concern - 16th December 2016
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has this week authorised the creation of 'three-parent' babies in the United Kingdom.
ScienceChristian Concern - 16th December 2016
After monitoring 2,000 officers wearing body-cams – a small unobtrusive device attached to an officer’s uniform – statistics show complaints by members of the public against police fell by 93 per cent in a year (113, compared with 1,539 in the 12 months before). No other policing measure, it is claimed, has led to such radical changes in behaviour.
Social IssuesThe Sentinel - 30th September 2016
Child vaccination rates dropped last year by the sharpest margin in a decade. Immunisation rates fell to 93.6 per cent in 2015/16 in what NHS managers described as a ‘worrying’ trend.
HealthThe Sentinel - 23rd September 2016
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