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When two young brothers tortured, strangled and sexually abused two children of their own age in Edlington near Doncaster in 2009, it led the then Leader of the Opposition David Cameron to attack Britain’s “broken society”

The events in Doncaster that led Cameron to attack Britain’s "broken society" - but lessons still haven't been learnt, says report

When two young brothers tortured, strangled and sexually abused two children of their own age near Doncaster in 2009, it led the then Leader of the Opposition David Cameron to attack Britain’s “broken society”.

Michael Gove: The Education Secretary wants to see more vulnerable children removed from their parents

Michael Gove calls for hundreds more vulnerable children a year to be taken into care, and for an end to 'preoccupation with rights of biological parents'

Hundreds more vulnerable children a year could be removed from their parents and placed in care or adopted to prevent them suffering “a life of soiled nappies, scummy baths, chaos and hunger”, Michael Gove has signalled.

The three England captains (from left): Charlotte Edwards (cricket), Katy McLean (rugby) and Casey Stoney (football) at the Grange St Paul’s Hotel in London this week

England captain: The job nobody can prepare for

In the second part of our interview with Charlotte Edwards, Casey Stoney and Katy McLean, the skippers tell Robin Scott-Elliot about the pride responsibility and difficulty of leading the country

Abuse of trust: The Johns family pictured in 1962 before they were taken into care. Adrian and Lee, left, are dead. Little is known about the other siblings

The North Wales child abuse scandal: A damaged generation waits for justice 30 years on

Many of the abused care home residents were to die in horrifying circumstances – while the survivors live in fear. Roger Dobson, who has covered the story for two decades, reports

US east coast braced for new storm

A week after Superstorm Sandy left dozens dead and millions without power, coastal residents in New York and New Jersey were again warned to leave their homes as a smaller, but still powerful, storm approached from the Atlantic.

Grace Dent on Television...Britain’s Hidden Hungry, BBC1

Starving people don’t sing or dance but by following their lives, the Beeb shows what it’s good at

Editorial: A Teach First for social work

Those who go into social work are by definition deeply committed altruists

Most child abuse occurs in the home and local community

If every one of us is vigilant we can stop the next Savile

Donald Findlater says it is the job of all adults to protect the young

This does not have to be one of Britain's least appealing careers

The quality and quantity of people joining children's social work continues to be in a crisis state. Last year, there were more than 1,350 vacancies in the field; at the same time, only 6 per cent of people starting social work courses came from the elite Russell Group of universities. About a quarter of councils have vacancy rates over 15 per cent, and in these councils one in 10 staff is an agency worker.

The cruel are finally punished: Six care workers jailed on charges of shocking patient abuse at Winterbourne View

The Panorama footage of care workers abusing patients showed physical abuse and threats.

Children in care: When a child’s home is provided by the state, they should be able to feel safe

Some of the most vulnerable children in society are neglected and abused in the one place they are supposed to be protected.

University complaints by students expected to double because of soaring fees

Students’ complaints about their universities are expected to almost double by the end of next year because of soaring fees, according to the independent watchdog set up to investigate them.

Labour MP Tom Watson

Paedophile ring 'was protected by Downing St'

A powerful paedophile network may have operated in Britain protected by its connections to Parliament and Downing Street, a Labour politician suggested yesterday.

Last night's viewing - Walking with Dogs: a Wonderland Special, BBC2; Paul O'Grady: for the Love of Dogs, ITV1

"My view is dogs are people too," said Marianne, at the beginning of Vanessa Engle's Wonderland film about the dog-walkers of Hampstead Heath. My view, in the interests of full disclosure, is that they're not. So I approached Walking with Dogs with a certain wariness.

Mitie expands into home care with £111m Enara deal

The support services specialist Mitie has spent £110.8m buying one of Britain's biggest home-care businesses, Enara.

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From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
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Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
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