Category: News

Transition surgery ‘life-saving’

5th May, 2021 5:39 pm

Elliot Page says having transition surgery has been a “life-saving” experience. The Oscar-nominated star of Juno has opened up about coming out as a trans man in an interview with Oprah Winfrey. He told Winfrey it was “crucial and important” to announce his transition at a time when the trans community is facing a “horrible backlash”. It was his first... View Article

Black ballet dancer Lopes Gomes wins Berlin racism case

5th May, 2021 5:34 pm

A black ballet dancer who experienced racism at the Berlin State Ballet has been awarded €16,000 (£14,000; $19,000) in compensation and had her contract renewed, in an out-of-court settlement. Chloé Lopes Gomes, a 29-year-old French dancer, was the first black ballerina to be hired by the company, in 2018. On Instagram she welcomed the settlement as “a small victory but... View Article

Social media boycott: Premier League clubs join four-day move to tackle abuse

5th May, 2021 5:25 pm

Premier League, English Football League and Women’s Super League clubs will join in a four-day boycott of social media platforms in an effort to combat abuse and discrimination. The boycott will start on 30 April. The Football Association, as well as league bodies and other organisations, including anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out, will also be involved. “This boycott signifies our... View Article

Demand for review into sexual harassment in Scottish schools

5th May, 2021 8:40 am

Scotland’s education authorities should launch a review into the scale of sexual harassment and abuse in schools and colleges, taking a lead from a similar inquiry in England, according to the Scottish Greens. The Department for Education review was launched following a wave of anonymous testimonies from sexual assault survivors submitted from across the UK to the “Everyone’s Invited” website... View Article

Child marriage ‘thriving in UK’ due to legal loophole, warn rights groups

5th May, 2021 8:38 am

In a letter to the PM campaigners say forced marriage law fails to protect young people. A legal loophole that allows 16- and 17-year-olds in England and Wales to marry with parental consent is being exploited and used to coerce young people into child marriage, campaigners have warned. More than 20 organisations have signed a letter to the prime minister insisting current... View Article

GP performers list registration issues ‘have not improved’

5th May, 2021 8:35 am

Long-term issues with the performers list registration system in England have not been resolved in recent years, and may even have ‘gotten worse’, GPs have warned. GPs told Pulse that they have been having trouble signing up to the English performers list from other UK nations or changing their employment status using the online portal. Grassroot GP organisation GP Survival... View Article

Children will suffer, Unicef warns as UK funding cut by 60%

3rd May, 2021 3:00 pm

The UK government is to cut 60% of its funding to Unicef, the United Nation’s children’s fund, as part of its move to reduce spending on foreign aid. It means the UN agency, which distributes humanitarian aid to children around the world, will get £16m this year, down from £40m. Unicef warned of “serious consequences” for children, particularly those affected... View Article

‘Deeply worrying’: Child abuse referrals soar by 40% in Scotland during pandemic

3rd May, 2021 10:18 am

THE number of referrals involving children made by the NSPCC child abuse helpline to agencies in Scotland in the last 12 months has risen by 40% through the Covid crisis. The service made nearly 2,500 referrals to external agencies such as the police and local authorities from April 2020 to March 2021, compared with 1,781 in 2019/20. Referrals are made when concerns... View Article

Child protection investigations rose by a third across Scotland, data reveals

3rd May, 2021 10:15 am

The number of child protection investigations carried out in Scotland rose by a third within two years, previously unpublished data has revealed. But despite a sharp rise of 33 per cent in a short period of time the number of children placed on the child protection register changed very little, prompting fears that some investigations should not have been conducted in the... View Article

Students want sexual consent test in university

3rd May, 2021 10:00 am

A majority of UK students think there should be a compulsory test on understanding sexual consent at the start of university, a survey suggests. The Higher Education Policy Institute’s survey found 58% of students backed the idea of having to pass a test to show they “fully understand” consent. Universities have faced warnings about sexual harassment on campus. The Everyone’s... View Article