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Harriet Harman has called for whistle-blowing hotlines to be set up in response to the "endemic" abuse against women. The veteran Labour MP said society needed to do more in response to cases such as the allegations made against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinsten than simply "blame women or wring our…
Following a fortnight long controversial storyline on BBC's Eastenders involving a social worker issuing child protection measures that sparked outcry from some quarters of the social care community, The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has written an open letter to the producers of the show calling for “more accurate,…
The cost of childcare for young children has increased up to seven times faster than wages over the past few years, a new study reveals. Analysis by the TUC showed that in England the average pay of parents with a one-year-old child rose by 12% in cash terms between 2008…
Changes to the way assaults on NHS staff are recorded have been criticised by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN). The RCN expressed concern that the Government intends to rely on an annual survey that health service workers complete on an optional basis for information, rather than replace the collection…
A woman has been jailed for the "truly abhorrent" sexual abuse of an 11-year-old boy. Dawn Davies, 36, was sentenced at Manchester Crown Court to 15 years after a jury convicted her of 12 counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. The court heard how…
The founder of the now-defunct Kids Company clashed with BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire as she insisted she was not to blame for the charity's demise. In a heated exchange, the presenter repeatedly asked Camila Batmanghelidjh if she would like to apologise to the children let down by the charity's abrupt…
One in four low paid workers are "permanently stuck" in poorly paid jobs, with little chance of earning higher salaries, a new study finds. Low pay is "endemic" in the UK, especially among women in their early 20s who juggle work with childcare responsibilities, said the Social Mobility Commission. Research…
Measures to tackle emergency funding shortfalls in key public services will cost £10 billion over five years but amount to a "sticking plaster" solution, according to expert analysis of government spending. The extra money will help hospitals, schools, prisons and social care keep going but will not tackle the underlying…
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