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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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.

Bob Farrell, 46, and his partner Claudia Vale, 42, live in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with their children, Jake, 11, and Billy-Joe, five.

Pursuit of tax credit overpayments turns nasty as debt collectors hound the poorest

Exclusive : Campaigners say families living below the breadline are being harassed by phone and text message for money they do not have

More than five million over-65s have never used the internet

Government should offer elderly lessons in the internet to encourage them to 'discover life online'

Four out of 10 over-65s do not use the internet. The state should offer lessons, report says

24,000 of the UK’s 68,000 boarding school pupils are foreign

Boarding schools struggle to deal with race 'ghettoes' with foreign children now forming a third of boarders

Offspring of the super-rich sometimes refuse to do their own housework and expect hotel service from boarding staff.

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Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape
eBay's enduring appeal: Online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce retailer

eBay's enduring appeal

The online auction site is still the UK's most popular e-commerce site
Culture Minister Ed Vaizey: ‘lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird’

'Lack of ethnic minority and black faces on TV is weird'

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey calls for immediate action to address the problem
Artist Olafur Eliasson's latest large-scale works are inspired by the paintings of JMW Turner

Magic circles: Artist Olafur Eliasson

Eliasson's works will go alongside a new exhibition of JMW Turner at Tate Britain. He tells Jay Merrick why the paintings of his hero are ripe for reinvention
Josephine Dickinson: 'A cochlear implant helped me to discover a new world of sound'

Josephine Dickinson: 'How I discovered a new world of sound'

After going deaf as a child, musician and poet Josephine Dickinson made do with a hearing aid for five decades. Then she had a cochlear implant - and everything changed
Greggs Google fail: Was the bakery's response to its logo mishap a stroke of marketing genius?

Greggs gives lesson in crisis management

After a mishap with their logo, high street staple Greggs went viral this week. But, as Simon Usborne discovers, their social media response was anything but half baked
Matthew McConaughey has been singing the praises of bumbags (shame he doesn't know how to wear one)

Matthew McConaughey sings the praises of bumbags

Shame he doesn't know how to wear one. Harriet Walker explains the dos and don'ts of fanny packs
7 best quadcopters and drones

Flying fun: 7 best quadcopters and drones

From state of the art devices with stabilised cameras to mini gadgets that can soar around the home, we take some flying objects for a spin
Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

Joey Barton: ‘I’ve been guilty of getting a bit irate’

The midfielder returned to the Premier League after two years last weekend. The controversial character had much to discuss after his first game back
Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

Andy Murray: I quit while I’m ahead too often

British No 1 knows his consistency as well as his fitness needs working on as he prepares for the US Open after a ‘very, very up and down’ year
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home