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Moo Dar Eh feeling isolated at her new high school.

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Bangor Daily News | AL Conti

Emma Brickman (left) and 92-year-old Joan Logue look through a photo album at Logue’s home in Orono. Brickman visits with Logue one hour per week as part of Project Generations, a new program supported by the Eastern Area Agency on Aging and the Maine Center on Aging aimed at connecting student volunteers with senior citizens in the area, helping students appreciate the challenges of aging in place and giving seniors a lively young connection to the community.

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The Atlantic | Guyco

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PBS | C Segal

Rainbow flags hang outside the nightclub Atmosphere Ultra Lounge in Charleston, West Virginia.

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Science Daily | Emory University

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NY Times | R Vigourt

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University World News

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truthout | J Bosveld

Splinterlands is a message to the world that it’s not too late to get out of the hot water we’re in. Dystopias are about a world gone bad. They extrapolate from existing trends to the point of exaggeration in order to serve as a warning. Avoid complacency at all costs, the dystopian novelist is saying: bad things do not go away by themselves.

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Winona Daily News

For her efforts, Michaela is Lewiston-Altura’s selection for the Above and Beyond award. She plans to attend Winona state next fall to study social work.

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The Citizen | LJ Nelles

Workers are demanding, among other things, the introduction of a rural allowance, the absorption of unemployed social workers on a permanent basis and improved conditions of service for employees in the department.

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The Conversation | P Salen/XYX Lab/Monash University

This is a question being asked by a team of researchers from the Monash University XYX Lab who are collaborating with Plan International Australia to identify and illuminate why women and young girls often feel unsafe in Australian urban spaces.

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Center for Public Integrity | JS Applewhite/AP

The survey, by the University of Maryland’s Program for Public Consultation (PPC), found that while Trump has proposed a $54 billion boost to federal spending for the military, a majority of Americans prefer a cut of $41 billion. While Trump has proposed a $2.8 billion increase for homeland security, a majority of Americans favor a $2 billion cut.

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The Sunday Times | Alamy

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The Conversation | AP Gurneys to remove bodies from the house in San Diego, California, March 27, 1997. Heaven’s Gate – also known as the “UFO cult” – burst into American consciousness 20 years ago this month, when, on March 26, 1997, law enforcement discovered 39 decomposing bodies in a San Diego, California mansion.

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The Intercept | W Widmer

Cows graze on land bordering the Dupont/Denka plant in Reserve, St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. It took the work of several divisions of the EPA over the course of many years to finally convey the scope of the problem — that the plant was pumping out a chemical that gave local residents the highest risk of cancer from air pollution in the country.

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In These Times | Patrick

News publications like the New York Times fail to offer readers a full understanding of the budget.

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Longreads | Hazlitt

Katherine Laidlaw (above). How naive I was, to have thought that when someone hurts you, the polite response is to ask him to stop.

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NY Magazine | BA Kenneally

On the train heading back to the Bronx, Bolden and Vena eat meals they pick up from the CHiPS soup kitchen in Brooklyn.

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Guardian | Alamy

‘It’s like I’m trying to sell a car that could well turn out to have a faulty engine.’

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South China Morning Post | J Wong

October 2016 protest (above). Apart from legal reform, Dr Phyllis Wong King-shui, an assistant professor in Chinese University’s social work department, urged the government to offer more support to mentally disabled victims of sexual abuse. “A social worker [from the Social Welfare Department] would be assigned as case manager when an abuse case involving a child is reported,” she said. “But a similar mechanism is unfortunately not offered to mentally disabled victims.”

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CBC | A Wyld/Canadian Press

Cindy Blackstock says the federal government is still short-changing kids, a year after the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruled the First Nations child welfare system is underfunded and discriminatory.

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WREX | J Roberson/AP

Mary Lytle-Gaines leaves her office, with the help of a walker after a recent knee injury, in St. Louis. With her mobile home paid off, the 61-year-old social worker had hoped to semi-retire next year and work part-time.

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Star Tribune | L Navidi

Kate Coleman, outreach coordinator at the Minneapolis Central Library, met with Byron Brooks about his housing issues.

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Science Daily | UMEA U

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The Observers

The shelters for unaccompanied minors in Paris are anything but pleasant – and residents have to put up with bed bugs, mice, faulty wiring and filthy showers.

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Parliament

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NY Times | D Chayka

The new Republican-sponsored bill would flip the burden of proof. It would make the prosecution responsible for proving that someone who used deadly force instead of retreating from an attack was not behaving reasonably. If the prosecution could not do so, the killer would walk free.

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MKHN | Medicaid

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NIH

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The Nation

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Chronicle of Social Change

CASA is the program in which minimally trained volunteers, overwhelmingly white and middle-class, are assigned to families who are overwhelmingly poor and disproportionately nonwhite. Then they tell judges if the children should be taken from those families, sometimes forever. In more than 60 percent of cases, according to a study discussed in more detail below, judges rubber-stamp every single recommendation these amateurs make.

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Belfast Live

NI Hospice social worker Philomena Murphy (above) explained the role the team play in people’s lives every day.
“Working in the in-patient unit I meet patients who are admitted and their families, we aim to meet everyone who comes into the unit,” said Philomena, who has worked as a social worker for 28 years.

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ENCA | L Sello

Nehawu members employed by the Department of Social Development earlier this month went on a full-blown strike across the country after negotiations over working conditions with the employer collapsed. The Gauteng government may be forced to resort to seeking assistance from the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) to resolve staff shortages at welfare care centres if the social workers’ strike continues, MEC for Social Development Nandi Mayathula-Khoza said on Wednesday.

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WickedLocal NorthofBoston | E Amendola

Another professor at Gordon College (above) has filed a lawsuit against the college, the second in just two years, alleging administration leadership denied her a promotion due her advocacy of the LGBT community both on and off campus.

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Spokesman Review | BZ Russell

In August, the Idaho Child Fatality Review Team published its third annual report, this one reviewing child deaths in 2013, and it found that five Idaho children died that year because their parents’ religious beliefs prevented them from seeking medical treatment. That brought the total over three years of reviews to 10 Idaho children, although the report noted that not all such deaths are reported.

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Health Affairs | AP

The American Health Care Act, now moving through Congress, would make vast changes in the program. The measure would reduce Medicaid spending by $880 billion over a 10-year time frame.

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truthout

When you put it all together, these and other cuts in the proposed budget represent an abandonment of America’s hardest-hit areas. They would vaporize the government’s most successful work to date in supporting an economy that works for everybody.

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KHN | northeast hikes

The difference a few feet makes. New Hampshire has twice Vermont’s population, but Vermont spends almost as much on Medicaid and covers more enrollees. Under the complicated formulas that set federal funding, Vermont’s substantial investment helps it capture nearly as much aid from the government as New Hampshire gets.

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Radio NZ | R Parsons-King

The Ministry of Social Development is responsible for Child Youth and Family

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ABC

Four Los Angeles County social workers charged after a boy’s beating death appear in court on 4/7/2016.

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The Week | M Blinch

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truthdig | B Abeling

Lightning strikes above the Iowa Capitol in Des Moines.

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Regina Leader-Post

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truthout | Pixabay

Right-wing corporate interests are pushing state legislatures to curtail the progressive power of city governments.

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Parliament

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Guardian | R Truell

‘This is just like any normal family, all the children here are loved.’

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National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE)

“Social work is one of the most difficult roles in government, and the recommendations contained in the Plecas report acknowledged this fact,” says Doug Kinna, Social, Information and Health Vice-President.

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The Oregonian | B Nakamura

With more than $300,000 and volunteer homeowners, Multnomah County has a new idea to fight homelessness: Build tiny houses in people’s backyards and rent them out to families with children now living on the street.

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Sacramento Bee | JL Villegas

Sacramento State students brave the wind and rain near Alpine Hall on the campus of Sacramento State.

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NY Times | L Nash

Many studies of Meals on Wheels point to benefits beyond food.

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Health Affiars

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Reuters | Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse/J Piper

Officials from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse arrive on the opening day of their public hearing into the Anglican Church of Australia in Sydney, Australia

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The Lancet

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The Nation

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CBC | J Turnbull

Tiffany Pollock works with the Children’s Aid Society of Sudbury and Manitoulin and helped organize “Explore Your Possibilities Day,” an event at Cambrian College aimed at encouraging crown wards to look at post-secondary education.

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Science Daily | Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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NY Times | J Rodriguez

2012: Mr. Sepulveda with his daughter. “I don’t gang bang anymore,” he said. “I want to be a father to my daughter.”

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NY Review of Books | M Power/Magnum Photos

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Guardian | J Herbert

When a group of students arrives in northern France to spend time with refugees, they are careful to listen and learn. “We don’t say we’re parachuting in to carry out fantastic social work and then just bugger off again,” says Prof Michael Lavalette, who’s overseen three of these trips, as part of Liverpool Hope University’s master’s in social work.

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stuff | S Squires

Psychosis is more common than diabetes. But the stigma around the condition and limited mental health resources mean it’s difficult for people to resume a normal life following a psychotic episode.

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Jacobin | P MacDonald

In New Zealand, neoliberal reforms have widened inequality and undermined the country’s self-image as an egalitarian paradise. (Above) A homeless person in Auckland, New Zealand.

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BillyPenn | P Johnson

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Social Work Program, Hikes has also served on the board of the William Way LGBT Community Center from 2011 through 2015.

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Wired | Getty

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IN These Times | AP Bernstein/Getty

Then-Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, a Heritage darling (above). Heritage’s impact will be felt in the Trump administration’s budget proposal, expected in mid-March. Last year, Heritage published a blueprint for bringing the federal budget into balance that calls for reducing spending by $10.5 trillion and cutting taxes by $1.3 trillion over a decade. It aims a wrecking ball at virtually every law, program and institution that defends the environment or promotes green energy. It calls for opening up “all federal waters and all non-wilderness, non federal-monument lands to exploration and production” to fossil fuel, mining and other commercial interests. According to Greenpeace, Heritage received at least $780,000 from ExxonMobil between 1998 and 2012, and more than $5.7 million from foundations associated with fossil-fuel industrialists the Koch brothers between 1997 and 2014. . . . Indiana’s fall from bad to worse illustrates the cycle of dysfunction that takes hold in states that apply the Heritage- and ALEC-driven model of economic freedom. Public investment declines, even as government passes laws to curb unions and suppress wage growth. The low wages hollow out the tax base, which means there is less money for public investment, which worsens things like public health and education. Their sad condition is then used to justify applying “free-market” reforms to the public sector.

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dnainfo

Amanda Miner, who was studying to be a social worker, was sitting in the back seat of a 2013 Infiniti G37 driven by Stefan Hoyte, 26.

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The Collegian | K Saysamongdy

Fullbright Scholar Laura Tiitinen, gives a lecture on “Whistleblowing in the Finnish Child Protection System” in the Henry Madden Library on March 15, 2017. Tiitinen spoke on Finnish laws that require social workers to report illegal or unethical practices in the workplace as it relates to child protective services

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Washington Post | IStock

Dr. Deinera Exner-Cortens, the researcher who led the study, said programs educating youth about healthy relationships and more screening for teen dating violence could help. “We want them to know they have a right to feel safe in their romantic and sexual relationships,” said Exner-Cortens, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.

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CBC

An Ontario social work student has been hit with a $25,000 fine for illegally looking at other people’s private medical records.

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NJ.com | A Jemal

Alexis Jemal was a three-time NCAA qualifier in women’s fencing who won the title in sabre in 2003. Dr. Jemal is an Assistant Professor for the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College in New York.

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NIDA for Teens

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KHN | M Ngan/AFP/Getty

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Guardian

In the first of a three-part investigation of how Charlotte, North Carolina would look without undocumented people, Amanda Holpuch hears how the construction industry would fall apart.

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Parliament

The Health and Education Committees hear from psychologists, headteachers and campaigners on the role of education in children and young people’s mental health as part of their joint inquiry.

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The Ledger | E Thompson

Parker a homeless man in Everett, WA. Social worker Staci McCole said they come across many cases where highly functioning residents were introduced to opiates or heroin. “So many of these people — somehow it’s taken a hold of them, and their lives now have forever changed,” she said.

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Common Dreams | Wikipedia

Decrying her for being “the architect of Indiana’s punitive restrictions on Medicaid patients,” Dr. Robert Zarr, president of Physicians for a National Health Program, warned previously that: “[h]er plan forced impoverished Medicaid enrollees to pay dearly for care, imposing unprecedented co-payments and premiums on people with little chance of affording them; those who miss a payment are denied coverage. Her actions in Indiana signal that she will inflict cruel and unusual punishment on America’s most vulnerable citizens.”

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The Conversation | K Jones

What makes “Origins” so salient today is Arendt’s recognition that comprehending totalitarianism’s possible recurrence means neither denying the burden events have placed on us, nor submitting quietly to the order of the day.

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Inside Higher Ed | Valencia College

The report found that there was very little variation in homelessness and hunger between community college students in urban, rural or suburban areas of the country. One-third of students who identified as food or housing insecure were both working and receiving financial aid.

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Deutsche Welle

The Bundesrat committee also decided that the bill “neglected the fact” that there were already “alternative possibilities” covered in current child and youth protection laws. “On top of that, the bill is missing the point of view of child laws,” the assessment read.

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Spiegel Online | PA Broer

Stevie Verduijn and Gideon Halberland. “Everything here looks clean, but you constantly get harassed if you look even a little bit different.” — “We’re supposed to show tolerance to the Africans. Fine. But they don’t try to understand us.” — “There are bad vibes here. Recently they threw stones at buses.” — “We were mugged once at the bus stop. They took Gideon’s iPhone and a girlfriend was groped all over the place. We weren’t alone, but nobody said anything.” — “That was the worst thing. Who am I voting for? PVV.” — “Me too. Wilders is saying what everyone is thinking but no one dares to say. I like that.”

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Taipei Times | holidayssg.com

Taipei City (above). Taipei City Social Workers’ Union president Lin Tsung-han (林宗翰) said that many social work openings take half a year to fill because of poor working conditions and low salaries, which are often just NT$25,000 per month.

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South China Morning Post | D Lee

The Hong Kong Chinese Women’s Club handed out the biggest allowance, with the organisation’s elderly service director receiving a cash allowance of around HK$410,000. The union noted that the director’s total annual salary was HK$2.15 million, of which HK$1.84 million was funded by the Social Welfare Department.

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Independent

Texas state representative Jessica Farrar

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NIH

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Rolling Stone | J Lo Scalzo/EPA/Redux

In January, LGBTQ activists gathered at the home of Vice President Mike Pence to draw attention to his anti-gay views.

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communitycare | ADCS

The £23m cost of setting up a national assessment and accreditation system (NAAS) would be better spent on frontline social work and early help services, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services said.

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Guardian | A Porritt/AAP

The national children’s commissioner, Megan Mitchell, described decisions being made by courts and child protection departments as ‘a wicked balancing act’.

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NCRM

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The Conversation | A Biraj/Reuters

Bangladesh is ahead of India and Pakistan in terms of girls’ enrolment in primary and secondary education.

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Los Angeles Times | B van der Brug /

Dr. Karunyan Arulanantham, right, talks with a patient at the Antelope Valley Community Clinic.

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truthout | A Drago/NY Times

Ben Carson speaks during his Senate confirmation hearing to serve as Housing and Urban Development secretary. Public housing in the United States already faces a backlog of $26 billion in repairs, according to a 2010 report commissioned by HUD.

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Jacobin

Abortion is illegal in Ireland, north and south, with a few extremely rare exceptions. In the Republic of Ireland, this prohibition is underwritten by the Eighth Amendment to the constitution, passed in the early 1980s, which gives equal value to the life of the mother and the fetus. Without repealing this provision of the constitution, it is impossible to progress abortion rights in any significant way.

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The Conversation | NDIS/AASW

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is designed to provide access to personalised supports and services for all Australians with a disability. However, the NDIS specifically excludes prisoners.

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ScienceNews | D Curtis

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Scottish Government

The Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Act 1937 will be updated to recognise the impact of emotional abuse and neglect, as well as physical harm.

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HKFP | C Fat/Wikicommons

“Social workers can consider prolonging the residence period in accordance with individual needs and circumstances,” said Ho.

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PNS

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WLRN

Naika

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Saint Peters Blog

A documentary film about Florida’s privatized child welfare and fostering programs — made by a Guardian ad Litem and filmmaker from Palm Beach — casts a draconian look at what happens to children when they are taken from abusive situations at home and become dependents of the state, at taxpayer expense, often to their peril.

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