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How bringing back the wilderness can save the planet

2 Nov 2018 Nick GarbuttEnvironment

There was widespread shock at a World Wildlife Fund report published this week that revealed that mankind had wiped out 60% of all the animals on the planet since 1970.

Improving mental health outcomes will tell us a lot about society

31 Oct 2018 Ryan MillerMental Health, Health, Education, Economy, Social Policy

Photo by Sydney Sims on Unsplash

This could prove to be a good week for mental health provision in Northern Ireland. Maybe. Not just because of more money for services - the City Deal could help, too. And it might have to.

Big Lottery's £15 million Digital Fund for charities

26 Oct 2018 Nick GarbuttSector Issues; Funding

The Big Lottery launched a £15 million fund this week to help charities make the most of digital technology, offering grants of up to £500,000.

Smacking children leads to a more violent society

25 Oct 2018 Ryan MillerEducation, Health, Mental Health, Social Policy

In Northern Ireland, parents are still allowed to use corporal punishment as long as it is "reasonable chastisement". New research suggests this leads to more violence among young people than if it was banned outright.

How technology will revolutionise the health service

19 Oct 2018 Nick GarbuttHealth, 4th Industrial Revolution

A fascinating survey published by PwC this week shows that people in Northern Ireland are more receptive to Artificial Intelligence in health care than any other part of the UK.

Education in NI is ready to snap

19 Oct 2018 Ryan MillerEducation, Social Policy, Equality

Schools are saving money by cutting teaching hours - in other words, by providing less education. Urgent change is required.

Twelve myths about immigration

12 Oct 2018 Nick GarbuttSocial Policy

One of the most toxic debates of recent times is that around immigration. It was a central issue in the Brexit referendum.

Social value could regenerate local economies for the benefit of their people

11 Oct 2018 Ryan MillerEconomy, Social Policy, Sector Issues

Protectionism is back. Neoliberal orthodoxy is under question. Perhaps social value, rather than suffocating trade, can layer some new thinking on top of it.

Over-medication is a symptom of our failing children's mental health service

5 Oct 2018 Ryan MillerMental Health, Social Policy, Young People, Education

Children’s Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma

Other services have huge waiting lists but prescribing drugs to treat mental health problems takes very little time. Given the sector's fundamental lack of resources, an over-reliance on medication is unsurprising - but it needs to stop.

Brexit: the facts

5 Oct 2018 Nick GarbuttEU Referendum and Brexit

The Brexit debate has got so heated that it is all but impossible to absorb the facts amid the claims and counter-claims.

Why we should take on the final taboo

28 Sep 2018 Nick GarbuttHealth

In 150 years time every single living person will be dead.

Behind the numbers: jobs in our changing economy are at the mercy of powerful, competing forces

28 Sep 2018 Ryan MillerEconomy, Social Policy, Education

Industry leaders are optimistic about the potential for automation, predicting it will create more jobs in the next few years than the tens of millions it will displace. Is this optimism meaningful?

How NI's education system still falls short on relationships and sex

21 Sep 2018 Ryan MillerEducation, Health, Mental Health, Social Policy

More young people in the UK are contacting Childline because of issues around consent and peer sexual abuse. Here in NI, our ethos-driven schools system fails by design.

How everyone can improve health care

21 Sep 2018 Nick GarbuttHealth

The debate about the future of health care tends to centre around how we can raise more money to pay for it. Yet this neglects a vital issue.

Charities: when things go wrong

14 Sep 2018 Nick GarbuttSector Issues, Governance, Charity Regulation

Charities are under intense scrutiny after a series of media firestorms which have undermined public trust and confidence not just in the organisations concerned but the entire sector.

There will be unfortunate irony if Brexit is terrible - but the UK already had real problems

14 Sep 2018 Ryan MillerSector Issues, Health, Brexit, Social Policy, Poverty, Welfare Reform

Some major issues that drove Brexit could worsen after we leave the EU. This says some interesting things not just about the UK's decision - but also about the status quo we are leaving behind.

Charity retail saw remarkable growth last quarter

7 Sep 2018 Ryan MillerNo Topics

Charity shops do great work fundraising for the sector, providing affordable goods, and recycling. But, with the High Streets struggling, are they too successful? Probably not – but the context is important. 

Give Stormont more powers to fix economy, says think tank

7 Sep 2018 Nick GarbuttPolicy, Politics, Economy

A landmark report into the economy by an influential think tank argues that more devolution is a key element in boosting prosperity.

Investing in resilience

31 Aug 2018 Ryan MillerNo Topics

Prevention is better than cure. When it comes to poor mental health, prevention can often mean resilience - but how can this be improved? Scope speaks with Action Mental Health about their efforts to do just that.

People power: how communities can take over public buildings

30 Aug 2018 Nick GarbuttNo Topics

Stevie McGirr of Development Trusts NI explains how community asset transfers work in advance of its conference on 19 September


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