Media Watch – March 31

By on 31/03/2015 in Media Watch

Top Birmingham City Council stories

Baby shake death ‘not preventable’ (Birmingham Mail and BBC News Online): Report on findings of  Birmingham Children Safeguarding Board’s serious case review into the death of Harli Delves-Reid, who suffered significant brain damage after being shaken by her father Kurt Delves in December 2010. The BCSB report states the death “could not have been predicted nor prevented.”

Birmingham children ‘still not safe’ (BBC News Online):  Background piece, based on Lord Warner’s review of the city’s children’s services department, which stated that while there had been ‘significant improvement’ more needs to be done to protect children in Birmingham.

Jeweller’s fined over illegal gold (Birmingham Mail): Report on successful Trading Standards prosecution of Yousafs Jewellers in Small Heath, which was fined £6,500 for the illegal sale of unhallmarked gold at Birmingham Magistrates Court on Friday (27 March).

Tighten our powers to stop child abuse (FIRST, Local Government Association): Report on proposals by children’s charity Barnardo’s to enable social workers and police to intervene when they suspect cases of child sexual exploitation. Refers to Birmingham City Council’s injunction against several men suspected of CSE activity.

Help to buy (Local Authority Building and Maintenance): Coverage of Communities Secretary Eric Pickles’ visit to Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust’s latest development, West Heath Glades in Northfield, where seven of the 47 homes are being sold under the Help to Buy scheme.

Regional headlines

An investigation into a one-year-old girl’s fall from a window – which her parents claimed was left open by a Sandwell Borough Council worker – has ruled it was an accident and that no further action will be taken.

Horses bring M6 to a standstill after they wandered on to the motorway between junction 4a and 5 last night.

West Midlands-based Firkins bakery chain has closed its shops after 145 years in business, with a loss of 104 jobs across the region.

National headlines

Kingfisher, the owner of DIY chains B&Q and Screwfix, is to close about 60 B&Q stores in UK and Ireland over the next two years.

An NSPCC study has found more than one in ten children aged 12 or 13 say they have made or been part of a sexually-explicit video.

A new survey, published in BMC Public Health, shows one in five teenagers in north-west England have bought or tried e-cigarettes and found a strong link to binge drinking.

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