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BT joins TalkTalk and Sky in introducing filtering by default following pressure from the PM

Tobacco manufacturers have been accused of producing packaging aimed at attracting young smokers

Equivalent of 20 classrooms-full of children take up smoking every day in UK, according to research

At current rates, half of these children will die because of their habit if they carry on smoking

Young female victims of gangs don't ‘allow’ themselves to be used

We expect girls to be good, to know better and to stay out of trouble. Why don't we question the self-esteem of those committing the crimes?

Search engines take on child abuse: The 'massive breakthrough' where little has changed

David Cameron was as anxious as the Daily Mail to herald today's joint announcement by Google and Microsoft as a historic moment.

Google finally vows to block child pornography - but why announce it through the Daily Mail?

Google chairman Eric Schmidt wrote for the Daily Mail – despite their critical campaign against Google. This tells us a lot about the power of the Mail

Google, Microsoft Bing and Yahoo agree to block child abuse web searches

David Cameron welcomes measures ahead of Internet Safety Summit this afternoon

Professor Olive Stevenson: Academic whose work helped pave the way for effective provision of child protection services

Olive Stevenson could not have foreseen the great consequences for her when, 40 years ago, she wrote a dissenting addendum to the report of the inquiry, of which she was a member, into the death of Maria Colwell, a child who had been killed by her stepfather. It gave her an unwanted celebrity status which unleashed invitations to lecture and speak and projected her on to the national stage.

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary expressed serious concern that S. Yorkshire police was still failing to prioritise child grooming investigations (picture posed by model)

Senior officers 'still target other crimes above child grooming'

Approach 'varied significantly' across the force's four districts  - Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham

Voice of reason: Leyla Hussein's 'The Cruel Cut' focused on female genital mutilation

The UK’s approach to female genital mutilation isn't working

Despite being criminalised in the UK since 1985, there have been no prosecutions

Rob Ford was elected in 2010 on a populist platform. He appears to be attempting to weather the scandal

Politicians' excuses: After Rob Ford, ten other unlikely stories

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford finally admitted he “probably” smoked crack cocaine at a press conference on Tuesday, excusing his behaviour by saying “I was in a drunken stupor at the time.”

Sir Michael Wilshaw: 'The combination of unstable communities and political and managerial instability in our social care services is a dangerous mix'

Social care crisis: Damning Ofsted report says 20 local authorities cannot keep children safe

Watchdog says protection services are too often 'manifestly and palpably weak'

Birmingham City Council is under fire over the death of Keanu Williams

'Why is Birmingham's infant mortality rate worse than in Cuba?'

England’s second city singled out as a 'national disgrace' over failure

Child sex abuse cases collapsing in court as children are denied the support they need to give evidence, says NSPCC

Only 2% of child witnesses receive professional guidance during criminal proceedings, according to the children's  charity

Rebecca Shuttleworth was described as a 'monster' by police

Keanu Williams death: Mother who beat child to death was 'invisible to authorities' thanks to 'collective failure' of Birmingham child services

Serious case review concludes that professionals involved in care of Keanu Williams failed to meet even basic standards of good practice

Robert Colover has agreed to resign from the CPS Rape Panel of advocates

CPS prosecutor resigns over 'predatory' comments on 13-year-old paedophile victim

A CPS prosecutor who described the 13-year-old victim of a paedophile “predatory” in court will no longer undertake prosecutions involving serious sexual offences or child sexual abuse.

Daniel Pelka died of a head injury in March last year after a campaign of abuse by his mother and stepfather

Daniel Pelka: New report to look into why child protection workers failed to intervene in tragic case of boy beaten to death

Four-year-old died of a head injury in March last year after a campaign of abuse by his mother and stepfather

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Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: ‘We give them hope. They come to us when no one else can help’

Christmas Appeal

Meet the charity giving homeless veterans hope – and who they turn to when no one else can help
Should doctors and patients learn to plan humane, happier endings rather than trying to prolong life?

Is it always right to try to prolong life?

Most of us would prefer to die in our own beds, with our families beside us. But, as a GP, Margaret McCartney sees too many end their days in a medicalised battle
Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night - is that what it takes for women to get to the top?

What does it take for women to get to the top?

Thomas Cook's outgoing boss Harriet Green got by on four hours sleep a night and told women they had to do more if they wanted to get on
Christmas jumper craze: Inside the UK factory behind this year's multicultural must-have

Knitting pretty: British Christmas Jumpers

Simmy Richman visits Jack Masters, the company behind this year's multicultural must-have
French chefs have launched a campaign to end violence in kitchens - should British restaurants follow suit?

French chefs campaign against bullying

A group of top chefs signed a manifesto against violence in kitchens following the sacking of a chef at a Paris restaurant for scalding his kitchen assistant with a white-hot spoon
Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour War and Peace on New Year's Day as Controller warns of cuts

Just what you need on a New Year hangover...

Radio 4 to broadcast 10-hour adaptation of War and Peace on first day of 2015
Cuba set to stage its first US musical in 50 years

Cuba to stage first US musical in 50 years

Claire Allfree finds out if the new production of Rent will hit the right note in Havana
Christmas 2014: 10 best educational toys

Learn and play: 10 best educational toys

Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
Paul Scholes column: I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season

Paul Scholes column

I like Brendan Rodgers as a manager but Liverpool seem to be going backwards not forwards this season
Lewis Moody column: Stuart Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

Lewis Moody: Lancaster has made all the right calls – now England must deliver

So what must the red-rose do differently? They have to take the points on offer 
Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game