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Paperback review: Ethan's Voice, By Rachel Carter

This unusual and thoroughly engaging children's novel tells the story of a boy who stopped speaking when he was six, though he can't remember why.

Call a domestically violent and abusive relationship 'volatile'? Your sympathy is with the perpetrator

Language matters. It's time we reframing the conversation around domestic and sexual abuse to stop blaming victims

Professor Geoffrey Pearson: Criminologist noted for his research into violence among the young

Professor Geoffrey Pearson: Criminologist noted for his research into violence among the young

Among the cacophony of cant and ignorance masquerading as social commentary that followed Britain’s 2011 riots, there were few credible voices of understanding, let alone attempts to place the youthful violence, nihilism, and looting within anything approaching a historical perspective. Yet as clichés were rolled out about the riots being without precedent, a sure sign of a radical and dangerous departure from the subservience of the past, the carefully modulated tones of Geoffrey Pearson, author of the ever-pertinent study Hooligan: A History of Respectable Fears, came once again to the fore

Up to 1,200 patients died needlessly at Stafford hospital between 2005 and 2009

Hospital bosses face prosecution over care failings

Hospital and care home managers who allow neglect and abuse to take place on their watch could face criminal prosecution and unlimited fines under new Government plans designed to restore trust in the health service after a series of high profile NHS scandals.

Louise Casey's programme targets the most 'high risk' families in England and Wales

Get tougher! Social workers 'cannot collude with parents to find excuses for failure'

The price paid by their children is too great, says Government adviser

Baroness Benjamin: 'Being visibly different to family members may result in a sense of not belonging or not feeling able to identify with their family'

'It's dangerous to ignore ethnicity in adoptions,' says Floella Benjamin

The broadcaster Floella Benjamin has said a child's ethnicity must be considered when matching them to adoptive parents.

Ann Coffey says she wants a system fit for purpose that protects children

'No mercy' for those who fail to protect children, says Ann Coffey

Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for runaway and missing children and adults wants a care system which is 'fit for purpose'

The effort comes after the convictions of Muslim men in a string of cases including those in Rochdale, Derby and Oxford, where five men were yesterday sentenced to life in prison for their involvement in a sex abuse gang.

Muslims unite to condemn 'extreme depravity' of child grooming in first UK-wide single sermon

500 Imams will deliver the unprecedented address following several abuse cases involving Muslim men

Louise Casey pictured in 2011 walking with David Cameron

'We must improve services or troubled families will blight society' says Troubled Families 'tsar' Louise Casey

Troubled families will only have their lives improved and stop blighting communities if “troubled” local services are improved as well, the official in charge of the Government’s work in the area warned on Monday.

So you've graduated: Now what?

School's out forever, and you may be wondering what to do next. Postgraduate study could be the answer says Emily House, in the second of four guides to the first days of the rest of your life

It is time to stop violence against children

Violence against women and sexual abuse are rightly highlighted. But where is the anger over violence against children?

The science of giving back: An MSc in social work

It's sometimes thought that undergraduate life is too closeted to provide any real preparation for the world of work. One career path that illustrates this neatly is social work. How could life in lecture theatres, seminars and nightclubs prepare a 21-year-old for the potential anguish and grit of social work?

A growing body of research suggests that a good cackle carries health benefits

Laughter Inc: the cheering growth of the chuckle industry

Getting people to guffaw together has become a serious enterprise, report Sarah Morrison and Beren Cross

Stephen Tompkinson who is getting another run as DCI Banks as the show has been recommissioned.

ITV police drama DCI Banks starring Stephen Tompkinson recommissioned for third series

Stephen Tompkinson is getting another run as DCI Banks as the show has been recommissioned.

Lack of social workers putting vulnerable children at risk

Vulnerable children are being put at risk by a chronic shortage of experienced social workers, according to research published today. The supply of social workers will not equal demand until 2022, according to a paper from the think-tank Policy Exchange, a situation it says could have “tragic implications”.

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