MEDIA DIGEST, 15 September: muscular dystrophy, a Hindu school and Sarah's Law

Third Sector's round-up of today's top stories, including a plea for better care for muscular dystrophy sufferers in Wales and one charity's call for caution over a new scheme that gives parents the right to find out whether people who have access to their children are convicted paedophiles.

Charity accuses ITV series of misrepresenting prostitution
A women's charity has criticised Billie Piper's show Secret Diary Of A Call Girl. The Poppy Project, which helps women who have been forced into prostitution, claims the show misrepresents the reality of prostitution and has criticised Piper for agreeing to take part in the series.
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Charity sets up first state-funded Hindu school
Britain's first state-funded Hindu school will welcome its first intake of 30 pupils today. The Krishna Avanti School in Harrow is the first Hindu School to be government-funded, and was set up by Hindu charity the I-Foundation. Naina Parmar, head of the school, described the development as "a huge step forward for Britain's one million Hindus".
See Times Now for full story

Charity urges caution over right to question police about paedophiles
A charity has urged caution over a new scheme that gives parents the right to ask police whether anyone who has access to their child is a convicted paedophile. The initiative, launched today, was drawn up by the Home Office in response to demands for more information on known paedophiles following the murder of Sarah Payne by convicted sex offender Roy Whiting. Paul Cavadino, chief executive of crime reduction charity Nacro, welcomed the changes but said: "The real test of these pilots will be whether this information can be kept confidential to the parents or whether it spreads to other people, causing a risk of vigilante attacks."
See The Daily Mail for full story

Charity calls for urgent review of muscular dystrophy care in Wales
A survey by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign has shown that there is no specialist care coordinator for the 3,000 people in Wales who suffer from muscular dystrophy. The charity added that 40 per cent of sufferers had to pay for their own wheelchairs, while such services were readily available in England.
See BBC News for full story

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