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  • Leading Article: Leadership is the best protection
    Sunday, 16 November 2008

    It might be expected that a liberal newspaper such as The Independent on Sunday would come to the defence of social workers. And we certainly believe that the lazy prejudice against an occupational group is grossly unfair. But it should also be appar...

  • Eileen Munro: Lessons learnt, boxes ticked, families ignored
    Sunday, 16 November 2008

    Did we learn nothing from the Climbié case? We did learn something, but much of it was wrong. The quality of front-line work depends on the quality of the organisation. The unbalanced reforms instigated after the Laming report into the death of Victo...

  • Leading Article: The G20 leaders need to get their priorities straight
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    Gordon Brown is calling for agreement on a co-ordinated fiscal demand stimulus. It would, of course, be most convenient for a Prime Minister who has over-borrowed for some time and who now plans to do more of the same to have the imprimatur of an int...

  • IoS letters, emails & messages (16 November 2008)
    Sunday, 16 November 2008

    Nato and the US have lost so much credibility over the past eight years that we have forfeited the right to act as honest brokers. If anyone is to broker peace, then it should be the United Nations, with troops from Islamic countries. We need to lear...

  • Matthew Bell: The IoS Diary
    Sunday, 16 November 2008

    An object lesson in good PR. During a play by former Czech president Vaclav Havel at the Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond, west London, I gather there is a moment when actress Carolyn Backhouse exposes her chest. But as the Orange Tree's stage is "i...

  • Katy Guest: Put women in power, and save the nation a packet
    Sunday, 16 November 2008

    For better or for worse, though, the WEF has stepped forward to put figures to our shame, and they make for bizarre reading. In its Global Gender Gap Index, it said, the UK has sunk in the league tables, until it sits just under Sri Lanka in the list...

  • Sophie Heawood: The world around Baby P is wrong. Why are we afraid to say so?
    Sunday, 16 November 2008

    Karen Matthews, mother of Shannon, stands accused of allegedly thinking she really might get away with drugging and hiding her own child in a bid to get her hands on reward money. It's what seems to be an underclass, a level of British society that i...

  • Letters: Social Services and Child Protection
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    Qualifications currently required for the job should be ignored, and instead mature people employed who either are parents themselves or have substantial experience in the practical everyday care of children and the problems involved in it. The Certi...

  • Leading Article: Where the buck stops
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    The disclosure that a social worker dismissed by the council "blew the whistle" to ministers on what she said were breaches of child protection procedures in Haringey is a key development. Of course, aggrieved employees may have an interest in discre...

  • Geoffrey Robertson: Now America can right its wrongs
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    Firstly, by supporting the International Criminal Court. The treaty establishing it was signed by President Clinton before he left office: George W Bush "unsigned" it, then approved the American Service-Members Protection Act (Jesse Helms's "bomb the...

  • Katy Guest: The fall-out when two worlds collide
    Sunday, 16 November 2008

    Ms Taylor, whose online marriage was dissolved in May, said: "He never did anything in real life, but I had my suspicions about what he was doing in Second Life." Mr Pollard said: "Amy never did anything around the house. She just played World of War...

  • Leading Article: Opportunity lost
    Saturday, 15 November 2008

    As with so much that is adventurous in art and architecture, the plans drew fierce local opposition, which coalesced around restoring the existing building. Certainly, restoration has its place; "regenerated" too often meant unsightly concrete boxes....

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