Month: October 2021

UK schools start using facial recognition on children paying for lunch sparking privacy concerns

22nd October, 2021 3:28 pm

A group of schools in the UK started using facial recognition software on Monday to verify children’s identities when paying for school meals. Nine schools in North Ayrshire in Scotland said that using the technology is quicker and more hygienic than paying with cards or fingerprint scanners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More schools in the UK are expected to use... View Article

Glasgow council to pay £1.3m to man abused by foster carer

22nd October, 2021 3:26 pm

Glasgow City Council has been ordered to pay more than £1.3m to a man who was abused as a child by his foster carer. The Court of Session ruled the authority must initially pay the unnamed man £1,339,185. However, the final amount could be larger when interest is determined by the court at a later hearing. A spokesman for Glasgow... View Article

How Embracing My Period Became Key To Recovering From An Eating Disorder

22nd October, 2021 3:18 pm

Trigger warning: This article speaks in detail about living with an eating disorder, as do many of its outbound links. As many people who’ve experienced an eating disorder will tell you, recovery is a lifelong process. There’s no miracle cure or lightbulb moment – it’s a journey that teaches you something new every day. For me, a big step has... View Article

Lord Janner: Police shut down MP child abuse investigations – report

20th October, 2021 1:44 pm

Police investigations into allegations of child abuse against a former MP were marred by “a series of failings”, a report has found. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) said Leicestershire Police officers “shut down” investigations into Lord Janner “without pursuing all inquiries”. It also criticised Leicestershire County Council’s “sorry record of failures” over abuse. The former MP died... View Article

Pensioner committed ‘reprehensible crimes’ against young girls during ten year terror

20th October, 2021 1:40 pm

A pensioner committed ‘reprehensible crimes’ against young girls say police who helped to put him behind bars. Detectives have reacted to the jail sentence given to Phillip Wood, aged 75 of of Glenville Avenue, Wood End, near Atherstone. Wood was jailed for a total of 20 years as ‘a person of particular concern’ and will serve at least 10 years before being... View Article

Youth homelessness has risen 40% in five years, says UK charity

20th October, 2021 12:23 pm

Centrepoint estimates 121,000 homeless or at risk, with analysis showing black people disproportionally affected. Youth homeless in the UK has increased by an estimated two-fifths in five years, rising to more than 120,000, a leading charity director has warned, as fresh analysis suggests that black households are likely to be disproportionally affected Seyi Obakin, the chief executive of Centrepoint, the... View Article

Asylum children living in hotels ‘unacceptable’ – Ofsted

20th October, 2021 12:22 pm

The housing of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in hotels has been described as “unacceptable” by Ofsted. The Home Office has placed children at hotels, including in Hythe and Hove, while they await permanent placement. Ofsted said it recognised authorities faced challenges finding suitable accommodation but it was “concerned” by the use of hotels. Children only remain in hotels “for as long... View Article

Facebook recommended material about rape to online researchers

19th October, 2021 1:30 pm

A fake social media profile created to investigate online misogyny was led to content condoning rape and sexual harassment on Facebook and Instagram. Read more: Facebook recommended material about rape to online researchers | News | The Times (subscription required) Source: The Times

My Eating Disorder Diagnosis Revealed How I Was Self-Harming With Exercise

18th October, 2021 2:55 pm

Dealing with an eating disorder (ED) is exhausting. For three years, I woke almost every morning and compulsively knocked on my hipbones to ensure they were prominent enough. I agonised over the visibility of the veins on my stomach and my clavicle poking through my chest. If I couldn’t see them, it was a major problem. Thankfully, I’m now in... View Article

Scams: Cost of impact on wellbeing calculated as £9bn a year

18th October, 2021 1:00 pm

The cost to scam victims’ wellbeing can be calculated at a monetary total of £9.3bn a year, according to the consumer group Which?. That is the equivalent of £2,509 a year for each victim, but the impact can be higher for someone hit by online fraud. People targeted by fraudsters have spoken of suffering from anxiety and ill-health after being... View Article