The Covid-19 inquiry will now examine the impact of the pandemic on children and young people after its chairman was convinced by “compelling arguments” to do so. The original scope of the investigation made no direct reference to children , a decision which was heavily criticised by charities, MPs and campaigners. The Telegraph, which first reported the omission , has been running a campaign calling on ministers to put children first as the country recovers from repeated lockdowns. Baroness Hallett of Rye , the chairman of the UK Covid-19 Public Inquiry , has now written to the Prime Minister to ask him to expand the terms of reference to include the impact of the pandemic on children and young people’s health, wellbeing and education . The impact on the mental health and wellbeing of the entire population should also be investigated, as well as the collaboration between central government, devolved administrations, local authorities and charities, she said. … [Read more...] about Covid inquiry to examine pandemic’s impact on children and mental health
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A first-of-its-kind national study of US Native American boarding schools that for over a century sought to assimilate Indigenous children into white society has identified more than 500 student deaths at the institutions, but officials expect that figure to grow exponentially as research continues. The Interior Department report released on Wednesday (local time) expands to more than 400 the number of schools that were established or supported by the US government, starting in the early 19th century and continuing in some cases until the late 1960s. The agency identified the deaths in records for about 20 of the schools . The dark history of Native American boarding schools – where children were forced from their families, prohibited from speaking their languages and often abused – has been felt deeply across Indian Country and through generations. Many children never returned home, and the Interior Department said that with further investigation the number of known student … [Read more...] about US finds 500 Native American boarding school deaths so far
By Zoe Osborne Published 1 day ago Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Related Topics Australia election 2022 "My son was 14 when we came to detention, and he's now 24 - it's not fair." Salah pauses. He and his son Mustafa were released from Australian immigration detention last month along with six other refugees who were being detained at Melbourne's Park Hotel, the notorious detention venue where tennis star Novak Djokovic was held earlier this year. Salah, 51, says they have lost too much time. He and the other refugees didn't do anything wrong, he says, so why did they wait nine years to be released? And why has it suddenly happened now? The father and son came to Australia by boat in 2013, just after the country signed two controversial deals with Papua New Guinea (PNG) and the tiny island nation of Nauru to detain its maritime refugees outside … [Read more...] about Australia election 2022: Are Australia’s refugee releases an election ploy?
By Frances Mao Published 10 May 2021 Share close Share page Copy link About sharing Kopika is a five-year-old girl who has been locked up by the Australian government for most of her childhood. In 2019, her family was sent to a detention centre on Christmas Island, an Australian outpost in the Indian Ocean. They live in a guarded compound under 24-hour watch - an operation that has cost more than A$6m (£3.3m; $4.6m) so far. Kopi, as she's known to her friends, is allowed to go to school on the island. She's taken there in a police van. School is her "happy place", where she's free from her minders. "Why are we always followed?" she's asked before. Kopi is in this situation because her parents, Tamil refugees from Sri Lanka, arrived by boat in Australia nearly a decade ago seeking asylum. They settled in a country town in Queensland, and lived there for years, … [Read more...] about Biloela family: Locked up by Australia for three years