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April 17, 2023

Rise in hate crime against people with disfigurements

  • Research from Changing Faces has found that the number of people with visible differences or disfigurements has risen.
  • 33% of people surveyed who have a visible difference said they had experienced a hate crime.
  • Hostile behaviour such as intimidation, staring and comments from others impacted almost half of people surveyed.
  • Changing Faces ambassador Adam Pearson has said that police across the UK “need to do more to encourage people with visible differences to report what’s happening to them.”
  • For more on this story, please visit the Independent’s website.

NHS fails to treat 250,000 children with mental health problems

  • Research carried out by the House magazine has shown that a quarter of a million children in the UK with mental health problems have been deprived of help by the NHS.
  • Some trusts are failing to offer treatment to 60% of children and young people referred by GPs.
  • The research also revealed an effect of a postcode lottery, with spending per child four times higher in some parts of the country.
  • Average wait times for a first appointment vary by trust from 10 days to three years.
  • For the full story, go to the Guardian’s website.

Free baby book scheme set to end in Northern Ireland due to ‘budgetary pressures’

  • The Department of Education (DfE) has said that the BookStart scheme which provides free books to babies in Northern Ireland is set to end.
  • This comes as a result of ‘budgetary pressures’.
  • Under the scheme, more than 20,000 families were gifted packs by their health visitors.
  • The DfE previously contributed £75,000 to the delivery of the scheme in 2021/22.
  • Other schemes affected by funding cuts include ‘holiday hunger’ grants which stopped from 1st
  • For the full story, visit the ITV website.