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Food, clothes, beds, ovens - education money is now being spent on welfare for impoverished pupils

The Guardian, 14 October 2014

With 3.5 million children living in poverty, and access to social service support very hard to achieve, schools feel “morally bound to do what they can to help”.
Photograph: © Christopher Thomond

Fiona Gittings, a headteacher in a large primary school in the south of England, is talking about a child whose mother was recently refused asylum. The family was homeless and had been moved from place to place. Finally, they were put in a hostel so far from the school that transport costs were prohibitive. “Being in a hostel was terrifying and utterly unsuitable for the children,” says Gittings. “Carrying on coming to this school, where he was well settled, was so important for that child – it was the only stability he had.”

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Louise Tickle writes about domestic violence in Guardian Weekend

Domestic violence:
why did my sister have to die?

Guardian Weekend magazine, 5 April 2014

Jeannette Chambers, whose sister and niece were killed in a domestic homicide.
Photograph © Lydia Goldblatt

After years of abuse, Jeannette Chambers' sister Christine tried to leave her partner. One night he let himself into her house, murdering her and their two-year-old daughter. Christine had called for help dozens of times: why didn't the police do more to protect them?

Louise Tickle looks at how risk is identified in cases of domestic abuse - and why a child living in an abusive household may be in even greater danger than the 'obvious' victim, their parent.

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Louise Tickle journalist: Health: guardian weekend magazine

Intensive care:
life with a seriously ill baby

Guardian Weekend magazine, 18 January 2014

Finn Jones' open heart surgery at Evelina London Children's hospital.
Photograph © Colin McPherson 2013

For babies born ill or early, the first few weeks in intensive care can be gruelling. How do they - and their parents - get through it?

Exposed to the air by the surgeon's knife, a baby's heart, the size of a small plum, is beating vigorously. Two theatre nurses count and re-count their trays of instruments. The anaesthetist studies her monitors and adjusts a couple of dials. And consultant cardiac surgeon Conal Austin steadily goes about the business of putting 10-day-old Finn Jones safely on to the heart-lung bypass machine.

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