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New bosses at a council children's services department which was criticised by inspectors face an enormous task, a family court judge has said. Ofsted rated Gloucestershire County Council's children's services department "inadequate" in June. Local family court judge Stephen Wildblood says it is important that new interim managers get "every…
Failure to take action on stalking could lead to an escalation in violence and potentially death, a study of more than 350 homicides suggests. The results of a six-month study claim there is a strong correlation between some key stalking behaviours and homicides. Criminologists found that stalking was present in…
The University of Gloucestershire has been given the green light to offer a new nursing degree from September 2017, after the course was approved, subject to conditions, by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This new course aims to tackle nursing shortages both locally and nationally by offering a three-year undergraduate…
A little boy whose play space was also a dog feeding area must be placed for adoption, a family court judge has ruled. The youngster, now three, had lived with his mother and spent a lot of time at his maternal grandmother's home, Judge Stephen Wildblood heard. His mother's home…
The University of Gloucestershire has won €237,000 of EU funding to lead a project to help schools, universities and other organisations better understand the backgrounds of migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. ‘MyStory: Digital Storytelling Toolbox for Diversity’ will help train teachers and school pupils in the use of digital media…
A three-year-old girl whose parents cannot look after her should be brought up by a foster carer rather than a relative, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Stephen Wildblood said the girl had been placed with the foster carer more than a year ago pending decisions about her long-term…
The parents of a baby boy who died in hospital have appeared in court accused of child cruelty. Hannah Henry, 20, and Alistair Walker, 26, faced magistrates charged in connection with the death of three-month-old Ah'kiell Walker. Ah'kiell died at Bristol Children's Hospital on Sunday evening, having been rushed to…
The University of Gloucestershire is working with NHS Trusts in Gloucestershire to address nursing shortages by introducing a degree programme in Nursing from 2017. The Department for Health, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the Royal College of Nursing are predicting a national shortage of registered nurses of almost 50,000…
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