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Health: Sickle-Cell Disease — Question (14 Mar 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures are in place to ensure that paramedics and ambulance crews across the country are adequately trained in the diagnosis and treatment of those with sickle-cell disease.

Health: Sickle-Cell Disease — Question (14 Mar 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for that Answer. I am sure he is aware that sickle-cell disease is now the fastest growing genetic blood disorder in England. Some 300 babies are born with the condition every year and yet there are many misunderstandings about diagnosing a sickle-cell crisis. Is my noble friend aware of the recent tragic death of a young girl who died of a sickle-cell crisis?...

Children: Early Intervention — Debate (17 Mar 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, congratulate my noble friend Lady Walmsley on securing this debate as it deals with matters very close to my heart. I congratulate my noble friend Lord Storey on his passionate maiden speech and the right reverend Prelate for his excellent speech too. For many years now, because of my professional and charitable work with and for children and young people, I have always...

Children: Early Intervention — Debate (17 Mar 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: I would like to finish. Many children are suffering. Some people believe that if we leave children like Baby P, they might go on to be abusers themselves and that the answer is to give them away. However, I believe that play therapy, delivered by highly experienced professionals, can offer a different chance for children. While I know that we are living with cuts, will the Government...

NHS: Standards of Care and Commissioning — Debate (31 Mar 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I thank the noble Lord for securing this debate. Sadly, his opening remarks reflect the treatment that my late 80 year-old father received during his last months, which were spent in hospital. This debate gives me an opportunity to highlight the concerns of those with sickle cell disorder as well as of those working with and for patients with the disorder. I am a patron of the...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Safeguarding Children (26 Apr 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make provision for the training of qualified play therapists to work with "at risk" children and their parents to address the issue of safeguarding in the early years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Schools: National Curriculum (26 Apr 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will include practical parenting in the national curriculum for young people from the age of 13 to enable them to learn the importance of early attachment between babies and parents.

Children: Adoption — Question (10 May 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, voluntary adoption agencies such as Barnardo's-I declare an interest as a vice president-welcome the Government's focus on adoption. However, for adoptive places to succeed there needs to be long-term commitment. Are there any plans to ensure that specialist therapeutic services and multi-agency support for adoptive families are made more widely available so that adoptive placements...

The Big Society — Question for Short Debate (11 May 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, I, too, thank my noble friend for securing this debate. There is no better feeling than going to sleep at night knowing that you have done something unconditionally to make life better for your fellow human beings. While volunteering is lacking in many communities the concept of the big society, implemented inclusively, is a way to encourage those who perhaps had never thought about...

Broadcasting: Product Placement — Question (16 May 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of the uses to which the revenue received from product placement will be put by commercial broadcasters.

Broadcasting: Product Placement — Question (16 May 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend the Minister for that Answer. I am sure she is aware that the BBC is now almost the sole provider of UK children's television productions, and that, across the 30 channels, only 1 per cent of children's programmes are made here in the UK. I am sure she is also aware that the commercial broadcasters use the restrictions on advertising during children's programmes as a...

Air Passenger Duty and Developing Economies — Question for Short Debate (18 May 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the impact of air passenger duty banding on the Caribbean and other developing economies.

Air Passenger Duty and Developing Economies — Question for Short Debate (18 May 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, since I requested this debate some six months ago the Government have announced a consultation on air passenger duty, which is most welcome. I will address some of the key points of the consultation in my speech. I am aware that the question of APD and its impact on the Caribbean has been raised in this House in the past by the noble Baroness, Lady Howells, and the noble Lord, Lord...

Children: Ofsted Report — Question (25 May 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, we all know how vulnerable some children are because of adults who prey on them and get away with abusing them, as children do not always know how to protect themselves from abuse. What are my noble friend's expectations of local authorities and their partners, including schools, about informing children of their right to protection from violence and the assistance that is available...

Child Trafficking — Question (9 Jun 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: My Lords, the assistance and support measures set out in Article 10 of the directive include the provision of, "appropriate and safe accommodation". However, at Barnardo's, in which I declare an interest as vice-president, we have found that trafficked children are still being placed in unsafe hotels, hostels and bed-and-breakfast accommodation. As the study by the Child Exploitation and...

Universities: Admission — Question (20 Jun 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they have put in place to ensure that people from ethnic minority backgrounds achieve admission to top universities.

Universities: Admission — Question (20 Jun 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: I thank my noble friend for that encouraging Answer. I am sure he will agree with me that many more children from BME backgrounds, and white working-class boys, need to be encouraged to start thinking of their education path to top universities from as early as primary school. The numbers of BME students going to university have increased, but research by the Runnymede Trust has shown that...

Written Answers — House of Lords: People Trafficking (21 Jun 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the context of the European Directive on Human Trafficking, what they are doing to ensure that the requirement under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to protect the best interests of the child are being adhered to.

Written Answers — House of Lords: People Trafficking (21 Jun 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of Article 8 of the European directive on human trafficking relating to non-prosecution or non-application of penalties to the victim, what action they are taking to ensure that victims of child trafficking are not routinely drawn into the criminal justice system.

Written Answers — House of Lords: People Trafficking (21 Jun 2011)

Baroness Benjamin: To ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the acknowledgement in the European Directive on Human Trafficking that it is essential to identify children as victims of trafficking before they go missing, what action they are taking to increase the identification of trafficked children at a local level.


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