Around one in 140 young children are affected by selective mutism, and the condition is more common in girls than boys. It is a severe situational anxiety disorder which means that the child has a phobia of initiating speech, and can not speak in certain scenarios. What can be done about it? Katherine Josling, mother of Rosa and Alison Wintgens, the national advisor for selective mutism for the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists discuss.
More than 1500 women who seek asylum are locked up in immigration detention every year. The 'Adults at Risk' policy came into force over a year ago stating that people most at risk of being harmed by detention, including women who have survived sexual and gender-based violence, should not normally be locked up. Women for Refugee Women has found that the majority of women who seek asylum and are detained are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. The founder Natasha Walter explains to Jenni why they still have serious concerns abou