Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is social affairs correspondent for The Independent, i and Independent on Sunday. She was previously a news reporter for The Independent on Sunday. Her investigations into human trafficking have twice been awarded Best Investigative Article at the Anti-Slavery Day Media Awards and her human rights journalism was shortlisted for the Gaby Rado Memorial prize at the 2012 Amnesty Media Awards.

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In residential care the rate of substantiated abuse claims is significantly higher than for foster families

Major study reveals true scale of abuse of children living in care

'Shocking' findings spark calls by campaigners for better monitoring
In total, 2.3 million people are now living in inter-ethnic relationships in England and Wales. Posed by models.

One in 10 relationships now cross racial boundaries

Mixed-race romances blossom as Britain’s ethnic divisions melt away

The wage growth rate slowed to 0.7 per cent

Employment figures increase by record-breaking 350,000 in three months, but earnings are down

The number of people in work has leapt by a record 350,000 in the three months to April, but wages have slumped below inflation which has sparked concerns over levels of pay.

Contraceptive pills. The FDAC is recommending parents to use birth control to prevent 'repetitive pregnancies'

Britain's top family judge: 'Give contraception lessons to problem parents'

Courts should consider ordering contraception lessons for problem parents who have had multiple children taken into care, Britain’s most senior family judge said today.

3.5m children predicted to be in poverty by 2020

Charities say scale of the problem is  ‘a stain on  the national conscience’

Aderonke Apata, right, and her girlfriend Happiness Agboro

Aderonke Apata deportation case: 'If the Home Office doesn’t believe I’m gay, I’ll send them a video that proves it'

A Nigerian asylum-seeker tells Emily Dugan she is far from alone  in her struggle with the Home Office

War effort: Women war workers at Cross Farm, Shackleton, Surrey, in 1917

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The new British front - in the fields

With food imports blocked by German U-boats, the Women's Land Army was vital to Britain's survival
Lawyers believe even caring for people in their own homes may be a breach of their right to freedom if it is against their wishes and best interests

Thousands of disabled people lose their liberty because of red tape

Ten-fold increase in number of people whose care arrangements need to be independently assessed causing vast backlog

In a report on the state of maternity care, the Commons Public Accounts Committee criticised both the Department of Health and NHS England for being unable to tell it who is accountable for ensuring the NHS has enough midwives

Half of all mothers will not take full maternity leave - because they are scared of losing their jobs

Research reveals that women re-enter the workforce early because of job security fears

The number of people coming to Citizens Advice for help with debt created by overpaid tax credit has soared by 14 per cent in the last year

More families fall into debt with HMRC after tax credit overpayment soars

More families are in debt to HMRC through no fault of their own, according to Government data, which shows the proportion of tax credits that were overpaid soared last year.

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