Cameron: absent black fathers must meet responsibilities
David Cameron joins the bitterly contested argument over family breakdown and race today by praising Barack Obama’s warning that too many black fathers have abandoned their responsibilities to their children.
Youth crime: Parents face fines and prison
Parents of child offenders who fail to complete their sentence will in future face fines, compulsory parenting orders and possibly even prison under proposals outlined by the government yesterday.
Council workers stage mass strike over pay
More than half a million British local government workers were due to strike today as a dispute over pay threatens to paralyse services from education to rubbish collection.
Migrants’ fund a drop in the ocean, say MPs
Government plans to set up a £15m fund to mitigate the extra burden on public services of sudden waves of migration are only a “drop in the ocean” compared to the actual needs of local government, a Commons inquiry has concluded.
Life sentence: Review could set jails precedent
The prison service is to review the jail status of a man serving life for a murder he claims he did not commit.
A mission born of hope
Raised in care, Andrew Bridge overcame a chaotic childhood to become a lawyer, campaigner for looked-after children, and now best-selling author.
Read more on this story in Society Guardian today
Across the divide: YJB chair interview
The chair of the Youth Justice Board has radical plans to tackle guns, gangs and knife attacks by working with all agencies
The only change in social work is steady deterioration
I have just left so work after more than 11 years. I am not old enough to retire and I have not been sacked.
Illegal immigrants to avoid detention by paying bail bonds
Illegal immigrants will be able to avoid detention while awaiting deportation by paying a bail bond and agreeing to be tagged, in the most sweeping changes to immigration rules for 37 years.
More people will be helped to die at home under new Government plans
More people will be helped to die at home under a range of measures and increased funding to be announced by Alan Johnson, the Health Secretary.
Reprieve for ‘model’ student who was sent back to Nigeria
An immigrant who was deported to Nigeria despite being honoured by the Church of England for his contribution to British society has been given the right to return to the UK.
Strike union threatens to stop £1.5m cheque for Labour
The head of Britain’s biggest public-sector union has accused Labour of being “devoid of ideas of how it’s going to win the next election” and has begun a review of its £1.5m-a-year contribution to party funds.
One in five teenagers admits committing crimeMore than a fifth of teenagers and young adults have admitted committing a crime in the past year, while nearly a third of primary school-age children in Bristol are displaying “problem behaviour” such as fighting, arson, drinking or stealing.