House of Commons Library briefing paper: Rough sleeping (England)

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‘Relationship breakdown is the largest single trigger of rough sleeping, leading to 42% of male rough sleeping’.

This is according to the February 2018 briefing paper (pdf) from the House of Commons Library. This paper provides background information on the problem of rough sleeping in England, and outlines Government policy on this issue.

The paper finds:

The most recent statistics published on 25 January 2018 recorded a 169% increase in the number of people sleeping rough in England since 2010
Among women, 35% slept rough after leaving home to escape domestic violence
Rough sleeping is at its most severe in London.
Read the full report (pdf).

London School of Economics: Building up the Data Infrastructure on Missing and Invisible Children – 2 March 2018

Date:  2 March 2018
Time: 10:00am – 13:00pm
Location: Room 1.04 (32L), The London School of Economics and Political Science, Houghton St, London WC2A 2AE
Cost: Free

The London School of Economics (LSE) is holding a report launch event  on child poverty and data exclusion.

They will present findings from the Nuffield Foundation project, ‘Child Poverty and Multidimensional Disadvantage: Tackling “Data Exclusion” and Extending the Evidence Base on “Missing” and “Invisible” Children’.

This aim of the report launch is to illustrate the progress that can be made by exploiting new opportunities for data analysis.

The project has built up new evidence covering the following four groups of children affected by ‘data exclusion’:

Young carers
Children from the Gypsy, Traveller or Roma ethnic minority group
Children with a migrant family background
Children at risk of abuse and neglect.

Find out more about the event and register.

Human Rights Watch report: World Report 2018

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Despite allegations of serious abuse in immigration detention centers, the UK
persisted in not imposing a maximum time limit for immigration detention, and
continued to detain asylum-seeking and migrant children.

This is from the January 2018 report (pdf) from the Human Rights Watch (HRW). World Report 2018 is their 28th annual review of human rights
practices around the globe.

The report summarises key human rights issues in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide, drawing on events from late 2016 through November 2017. 

The report finds: 

Germany over the past year made headlines when the Alternative for Germany (AfD) became the first far-right party to enter its parliament in decades
Despite a strong tradition of protecting civil and political rights, Australia has serious unresolved human rights problems. Australia continued in 2017 to hold asylum seekers who arrived by boat on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and on the island nation of Nauru, where conditions are abysmal
Bahrain’s human rights situation continued to worsen in 2017. Authorities shut down the country’s only independent newspaper and the leading secular-left opposition political society. 
In Bangladesh, civil society groups faced pressure from both state and non-state actors, including death threats and attacks from extremist groups.

Read the full report (pdf).