Emily Dugan

Emily Dugan is Social Affairs Editor 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. Emily is on sabbatical until March 2015

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Councils to appoint 'best practice' social workers to oversee care

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan announces new measure

Two million children are referred to social services

Last year saw an 11 per cent increase in all new referrals

Titina Nzolameso with three of her children, Amirah, Jamilah (both aged 10) and Daliya (aged nine)

Single mother-of-five made homeless by benefits cap turns to Supreme Court over Westminster Council's attempts at 'social cleansing'

Titina Nzolameso wanted to remain in London, but was instead offered accommodation near Milton Keynes

More administrative staff would save pushed social workers from being distracted by “bureaucratic burdens” and mean they could get on with helping children and vulnerable adults

Social workers ‘need more secretaries and less paperwork’

Form-filling is "taking the heart out of the job"

A multiple sclerosis sufferer receiving physiotherapy
The Supreme Court in London

Supreme Court victory for mesothelioma sufferers: Asbestos cancer victims can apply for compensation

Workers exposed in factories while working for another employer can now pursue factory where they were exposed for compensation

Researchers spent 10 weeks posing in chat rooms as young girls from the Philippines

Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Australian Scott Robert Hansen pleads guilty to three charges

2020 could mark the end of the first decade in recent history in which child poverty has increased

Bad parents should be ‘called out’ and helped out, inquiry on inequality urges

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission calls for parents to be taught how to raise children and for fairer work experiences in efforts to end child poverty

People with dementia are likely to receive poor care because of unacceptable gaps in quality, a major review by an NHS watchdog has found

UK dementia care: Watchdog finds 'staggering' 90% of British care homes and hospitals provide poor care for Alzheimer's sufferers

Nine out of 10 hospitals and care homes were found to have aspects of variable or poor care for those with Alzheimer’s and related conditions

New research suggests that Britain’s men are facing a future blighted by rising levels of loneliness and 'social isolation'

Ageing alone: Isolation and loneliness await growing number of men

Almost a quarter of men living alone have contact with their children less than once a month, compared with 15 per cent of older women

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