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

Joan Smith: Shoesmith's humiliation is not justice. It's vengeance

I know we're all supposed to hate boring old judges who want to stop us posting our witty, scabrous or downright furious observations on Twitter. It's freedom of expression, innit? But it's also just conceivable that the judiciary, on occasion, takes a longer and more measured view of controversial cases than the self-appointed tribunes of the people.

Girl murdered by her uncle 'was failed by social services'

A schoolgirl who was tortured, raped and murdered by her uncle was repeatedly failed by child protection services, a damning report said yesterday.

Call to end 'child protection red tape'

Local child protection services should be freed from central government red tape to allow them to focus on the needs of children, an independent review recommends today.

CEOP to merge with new crime agency

The Child Exploitation and Online Protection (Ceop) agency will become part of the new National Crime Agency, Home Secretary Theresa May said today.

Video: Paedophile ring admit guilt

Det Chief Supt Roger Bannister says the internet is not a safe place for paedophiles.

Massive fall in child abuse deaths linked to new protection policies

Child deaths from abuse have fallen dramatically over the past 30 years, new figures show. With social workers frequently vilified after the death of a child at the hands of adult guardians, the findings – published in Archives of Disease in Childhood – act as tribute to the success of child protection policies and those who implement them.

How a crusader against abuse provoked the anger of accused parents

Near the beginning of "A Very Dangerous Doctor", next month's Cutting Edge documentary on Channel 4, there are a few seconds of grainy footage that are among the most shocking to be broadcast on TV.

Controversial child doctor could be struck off for a second time

Britain's most controversial expert in child protection will this week face a disciplinary hearing before the General Medical Council that could see him struck off for a second time.

TV Review: Kidult: Marathon Boy/BBC4<br/>The Secret World of Whitehall/BBC4

Gemma Atwal's film Marathon Boy (screened in BBC4's Kidult series) interleaved its narrative with shadow puppet animations – a flicker of simple two-dimensional shapes in which there was never any doubt about the differences between hero and villain, victim and monster. The documentary footage that surrounded these sequences, by contrast, was alive with uncertainty. You started watching with an easy assumption that you knew exactly what kind of film this was going to be – a study of obsession perhaps, or an anthropological curiosity. You ended having seen it twist in front of you into an entirely different kind of documentary, gripping and sad and durably ambivalent about its subjects.

Estonia mourns orphanage fire dead

Estonia began a day of mourning today for 10 disabled children who perished when a fire raged through their orphanage.

Ten children killed as fire sweeps through orphanage

Ten disabled children died after a fire raced through an orphanage in western Estonia yesterday.

One million UK children 'attacked or abused'

As many as a million older school children have been attacked, abused or neglected, the first comprehensive questioning of 11 to 17-year-olds has discovered.

Child protection review slams 'tick-box' social work

Social workers should spend less time filling in forms and more time talking to children, the head of an independent review into child protection in England said today.

Ex-child protection chief warning over CEOP merger

The former head of the the UK's child protection agency has attacked plans to remove its independence.

Independent Appeal: The girls interrupted by a teenage pregnancy

Becoming a mother while still at school can be a ticket to a life of poverty. But not if Barnardo's can help it

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