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Child abduction conspirator brought in to advise doctors

Anger over GMC post for controversial campaigner linked to 50 complaints against paediatricians

GP suspended over Baby P care failures

Baby P's GP was suspended by the General Medical Council for 12 months today for a series of failures in his care of the toddler.

Obesity 'can be neglect'

Parents who refuse to help their obese children lose weight are neglectful, researchers said today. While obesity alone is not a child protection issue, a "consistent failure to change lifestyle and engage with outside support indicates neglect", said the team, which included Russell Viner of the Institute of Child Health in London.

Facebook gets child protection facility

Facebook users will be able to report suspicious online behaviour and access internet safety advice with the launch of a new application. Users of the social networking site will be able to access an advice centre from their homepage, where there will be a dedicated facility for reporting inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Private school reprieved over free places

A private school that faced losing its charitable status has won a reprieve after tripling the number of free places it offers to poor children, it emerged today.

More children taken into care due to 'Baby P effect', says Shoesmith

The former head of Haringey children's services, Sharon Shoesmith, has condemned "naive" politicians for unwittingly creating a "Baby P effect" which has seen hundreds more children being taken into care.

Sacked council chief tells of Baby P 'distress'

Sacked social services chief Sharon Shoesmith today spoke of her distress and sorrow over the death of Baby Peter as she warned that the "whole story" of what happened to the toddler had not yet been told.

Mother loses appeal over baby's removal

The "draconian powers" of social workers to order a child to be taken from a mother who turns out to be innocent is a cost to be paid to protect the vulnerable, appeal judges said today.

Ofsted accused of keeping quiet about sex abuse cases in schools

The education standards watchdog Ofsted will be accused tonight of keeping parents in the dark over cases where teachers have been convicted of sex offences against pupils at their children's schools.

Paediatrician struck off in 2007 is restored to register

Appeal Court overturns GMC's response to claims doctor accused mother of murder

John Bridson: I don't understand the anger towards those who expose child abuse

I have known David Southall as a doctor since the mid-Eighties and as a friend since the Nine-ties. He is gifted with high ability and has absolute integrity. When I learned of the vicious campaign that he and other child protection professionals were facing, I started to try to help. When a couple of close colleagues suggested forming a lobby group, I became a founder member and chair of Professionals Against Child Abuse (Paca).

Joan Smith: Orwell foresaw our treatment of Sharon Shoesmith

In George Orwell's novel 1984, there is a daily ritual known as the "two minutes' hate". Workers gather in front of a screen to watch images of enemies of the state; Orwell describes the scene as "a hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness" in which every participant becomes a "grimacing, screaming lunatic". The novel is a satire, of course, but sometimes it's hard not to regard it as a slightly exaggerated prediction of a world in which the role of Big Brother has been gleefully adopted by the media.

Suspended paediatrician Southall wins appeal against GMC

A consultant paediatrician, who was struck off the medical register after he allegedly accused a grieving mother of murdering her son, has won the latest round in his legal battle to save his career.

Council criticised over boy left with child abuser

A council was criticised for the way it investigated complaints that a young boy was left alone with a convicted child abuser, it was reported today.

Second bishop resigns amid Irish abuse scandal fallout

A second bishop was dramatically removed from the Catholic hierarchy in Ireland over child sex abuse scandals tonight, with another three senior clerics expected to face the same fall from grace.

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