Brown pledges to investigate child trafficking
Gordon Brown today pledged to investigate the trafficking of Chinese children through a local authority children’s home beside Heathrow airport, exposed in the Guardian.
Police to severely curtail use of stop and search powers
Police have bowed to mounting opposition and are to significantly reduce their use of controversial terrorism powers that allow them to stop and search people without reasonable suspicion, the Guardian has learned.
Government accused of failing over Baby P response
An action plan to tackle a severe shortage of social workers to protect vulnerable children such as Baby Peter has been dismissed as “tinkering” by senior professionals.
Child protection tragedy made families distrustful of professionals
Social workers have been demoralised by the public outcry over Baby Peter, a government-commissioned review of the profession has found.
Care failures led schizophrenic to kill woman pregnant with twins
The family of a woman killed when she was pregnant with twins by a paranoid schizophrenic man received an apology yesterday from the mental health trust which was found to have “under treated” him.
Girl, 12, hanged herself when mother wouldn’t let her see friend
A 12-year-old girl hanged herself in her bedroom after her mother refused to let her see a friend, an inquest heard today.
David Cameron promises ‘compassionate’ spending cuts
David Cameron has promised to show “compassion” when deciding how to cut public spending, but warned that a Conservative government would not be afraid of making unpopular decisions.
Fatal toll of our failure to feed elderly patients, by NHS bosses
Frail elderly patients may die because hospital staff are failing to help them to eat properly, Health Service managers have admitted for the first time.