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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The number of cases involving vulnerable children is increasing

Social worker vacancies soar – and so do workloads

Increasing demand and squeezed budgets mean that graduates are being employed at the deep end
Hunt is hoping to break down barriers between gay people and the church

New Stonewall chief Ruth Hunt: Teach preschool children to celebrate being gay

Preschool children should be taught about gay relationships to combat future homophobia in society, the new chief executive of Stonewall has told The Independent.

Ruth Hunt, the new chief executive of Stonewall, at the Southbank Centre in London last week

Ruth Hunt interview: 'People say it's fine now – it's not. We still edit ourselves'

Stonewall’s new chief executive says most of the major legislative battles for LGBT rights have been won, but homophobia is still widespread

More people are killed by asbestos than road traffic accidents, with around 2,500 people dying every year

Secret deal meant mesothelioma compensation scheme favoured insurers

A Government compensation scheme supposed to help the families of people killed by exposure to asbestos was too heavily influenced by the insurance lobby, a parliamentary inquiry has found.

Former BA pilot Simon Wood, pictured during a visit to an orphanage in Kenya in 1999

British Airways faces lawsuit over ‘child abuse’ by pilot

Simon Wood, who died last year, accused of sex attacks in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

From left to right: Nadia Eweida, Carol Howard, Wendy Williams

Discrimination at work goes unpunished as women can’t afford to sue

Employees who have been harassed, bullied or sacked as a result of their sex or gender now have to pay £1,200 for their claim to be heard in an employment tribunal

Joanna Michael was murdered in August 2009 after her ex-boyfriend, Cyron Williams, discovered she had started a new relationship

Landmark murder case could remove police immunity from being sued for negligence

The family of a woman murdered by her ex-boyfriend after a bungled 999 response have begun a legal battle to remove police immunity from being sued for negligence.

Goodluck Jonathan, left, meets some of the parents of the kidnapped girls in Abuja

Nigeria's kidnapped schoolgirls: After 100 days of hell, parents finally meet Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

As Boko Haram continue to stage attacks in the north, campaigner Malala Yousafzai brokers a meeting

Malala Yousafzai speaks during the Girl Summit 2014

Girl Summit: Government unit to tackle FGM to be launched

Parents who fail to prevent their daughters being cut will be prosecuted and doctors, teachers and nurses will be under a legal obligation to report cases of FGM

A portrait of a young victim lies at a makeshift memorial for the passengers aboard doomed flight Malaysia Airlines MH17 at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam

Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: As the bodies finally leave Ukraine, family tragedies start to sink in

Silene Fredriks-Hoogzand has no idea where the bodies of her son Bryce and his girlfriend Daisy Oehlers landed after the plane they were travelling on was blown to smithereens on Thursday, but she sees the site vividly in her nightmares.

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

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