Back in February 2015, a blurry image showing three teenage girls passing through security barriers at Gatwick airport made headlines across the world. These ordinary-looking British schoolgirls, who had all been attending the Bethnal Green College in London, had grabbed the world's attention for a very sad reason: They were travelling to Syria to join the death cult that is the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). Amira Abase, Shamima Begum and Kadiza Sultana were only 15-16 when they made the decision to abandon their families, their friends and a promising future in the United Kingdom to build themselves new lives in a warzone. Their families said they were "normal, happy teenagers" before their disappearance. Britain, and the entire international community, was in shock. At the time, the runaways sparked an important conversation: What had motivated them to do this? Was there a chance to prevent this? Can Britain do anything to save these children from … [Read more...] about Why Britain should allow Shamima Begum to return home
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UK officials have confirmed the process EU citizens must go through to remain in Britain after Brexit . More than 3.5million EU citizens in the UK will have to use the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to stay beyond June 2021. Former Home Secretary Amber Rudd infamously claimed it would be “as easy as setting up an online account at LK Bennett” - a posh shoe shop. And Home Secretary Sajid Javid said it will be "simple and straightforward" adding: "We will be looking to grant, not for reasons to refuse." So what do we know about the rights available to EU citizens in the UK, and how will they change? Here’s everything we know, including the costs, deadlines, and how to apply - plus what happens if there's a No Deal Brexit. If there IS a Brexit deal agreed by 29 March 2019 I'm an EU citizen. Can I stay in the UK? In a word: Yes. If there is a Brexit deal, Britain and Brussels have agreed EU nationals can continue arriving, working and settling in the UK more or less as … [Read more...] about Everything EU citizens need to do to stay in the UK after Brexit
In life there are no certainties and, instead, we rely on hope and hope our fears never materialise. But for parents who have faced the heartbreak of losing a child, one of the worst situations imaginable has already become their reality. Grief is a topic rarely discussed in our society and the grief of losing a child even less so precisely because it is so heightened, so unexpected. We expect our children to outlive us - not the other way around. The ECHO has spoken to parents who have found themselves in precisely this situation and they have been gracious enough to share their experiences to make the experience a fraction easier for others. Each has a different story, and although at times they can be difficult and somewhat uncomfortable to read we hope it will start a conversation for those who would otherwise struggle to open up. These are their stories. Lindsey Devlin and Chris Pagett - 'It is the after bit which is worse' When 29-year-old Lindsey Devlin found out she was … [Read more...] about The heartbreaking reality of losing a child
News / UK and world by Press Association November 21, 2018, 12:03 am Updated: November 21, 2018, 6:31 am FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter The Duchess of York has launched a fundraising campaign for her charity Street Child, urging the public to donate to give a child an education. The Count Me In appeal will use the funds to buy school uniforms, train teachers and build classrooms for disadvantaged youngsters in 10 countries from Sierra Leone to Afghanistan. Speaking to the Press Association the duchess said: “There are 121 million children who don’t go to school. “They not only don’t go to school but they don’t have the opportunity to go to school … and that statistic has to change.” Sarah spoke about her daughters Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, who are global ambassadors for Street Child: “My work has saved my life. Kept me grateful, kept my feet on the ground. … [Read more...] about Duchess of York launches appeal for Street Child charity
PUBLISHED: 15:20 06 September 2018 Stacey Turner An illustration created by Claire Spake with guidance from Stacey Turner to represent separation anxiety without the use of words. Archant Probably one of the biggest development’s in any young child’s life is the day they start school. Yet for many, the anxiety of being separated from parents means this is a traumatic time for all involved. Stacey Turner, a former teacher, children’s author and expert of separation anxiety, looks at how to cope with this experience in the second part of this feature. Separation anxiety expert Stacey Turner.Imagine your child learning self-care, soothing and survival skills in their formative years, skills which build confidence, trust and resilience they can carry forward and draw on when required in the future. For a child to learn it’s OK to feel the way they do and that it’s OK to reach out for help is vital to ensure they feel heard, understood and valued.Anxious … [Read more...] about Is the new school year causing your child to feel separation anxiety?