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'Secrecy' of social workers makes them look ‘idiotic’ Social workers must ‘explain more’ after Ukip case
Tuesday 01 January 2013
Social workers must be more willing to explain their decisions to the public because a culture of secrecy is allowing sensible rulings to be seen as “random and idiotic”, according to the policy expert who carried out the Government’s independent review of the profession.
Saturday 29 December 2012
It's still the best thing David Mitchell and Robert Webb have ever been involved in and it's probably, along with Father Ted, Channel 4's funniest sitcom.
Friday 28 December 2012
Wealthy British couples who cannot have children are increasingly seeking “wombs for hire” from women overseas, according to figures obtained by The Independent.
Bishop of Liverpool: 'People in nightclubs were kissing the Hillsborough report as if it were a sacred text’
Friday 28 December 2012
After exposing the Hillsborough cover-up, the Bishop of Liverpool is now looking at Northern Ireland, he tells Jonathan Brown
This week's big questions: Are you worried by the rise of Ukip? What do you do when you pass someone sleeping rough?
Friday 21 December 2012
This week's questions are answered by John Bird, founder of The Big Issue
Friday 21 December 2012
Income for charities has been decimated by the financial crash, but were it not for this group, hundreds if not thousands of young people simply would not be alive
'Ukip foster couple' have party's full support after Eastern European children removed from their care
Thursday 20 December 2012
Two UK Independence Party (Ukip) supporters who are threatening to sue Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council after it took away their Eastern European foster children will be “backed to the hilt” by the party.
A series of blunders: Social worker left papers containing sexual abuse allegations in plastic bag on train
Monday 17 December 2012
A social worker left papers containing sexual abuse allegations in a plastic bag on a train in one of a series of blunders that saw fines for data breaches at councils hit £1.9 million.
Tuesday 11 December 2012
I support calls for the press to be given more access to report more openly the cases heard in the Court of Protection. In 2011, I was involved in the much reported case Neary vs Hillingdon. I originally approached the media for coverage of our case out of sheer desperation. At the time, my son, Steven, was under an unlawful deprivation of liberty authorisation and I had been unable to secure legal representation.
Thursday 29 November 2012
An Office for Journalistic Responsibility would be too much. But why don't the press collectively fund a website to offer instant right of reply to those they write about?
The sexual exploitation of children is a cause of far more criminality than most of us dare to imagine
Monday 26 November 2012
Every one of us can do more to protect children - and should
Sunday 25 November 2012
Social work has always been rooted in a campaigning commitment to social justice and anti-discrimination, so there's always been a sensitivity to racial and cultural difference. There's always been a strong sense of the needs of minority children in the system and that these needs should be a focus of campaigns. For years people thought the solution was to try to get the same ethnic match with adopters. In general, there was a kind of anxiety that black kids were already suffering from extra difficulties and as a buffer against racism in the long term you should find adopters that look like them.
Council will investigate why children were removed from Rotherham foster family who were Ukip members after Michael Gove and Ed Miliband weigh in to row
Saturday 24 November 2012
A council that removed three children from the care of foster parents who are members of Ukip is to hold an investigation into the decision, it said today.
Friday 23 November 2012
Thousands of hospitals, care homes and clinics across England are failing to meet at least one essential safety or quality standard amid serious concerns about future risks to patients as services struggle to cope with less money and rising demands, a comprehensive report reveals today.
Friday 16 November 2012
Notwithstanding his rather Victorian choice of words, the Education Secretary's attack on the "physical and moral squalor" in which too many children are forced to live is both powerful and – sadly – justified.
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
- 1 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 4 Make your voice heard: Sign The Independent's petition to welcome refugees
- 5 Refugee crisis: Aylan's life was full of fear - in death, he is part of 'humanity washed ashore'