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Paying £10,000 to a convicted child rapist to infiltrate a paedophile gang "crossed a line", it has been claimed. Jim Gamble, who set up the Government's taskforce to fight child sexual exploitation, criticised the move by Northumbria Police. The force's chief constable had defended the decision, saying dangerous men would…
A number of appropriate beds have been identified after a High Court judge warned "we will have blood on our hands" if care is not found for a suicidal teenager upon her release from a secure unit. Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales,…
A senior midwife at the heart of a baby death scandal has admitted repeatedly failing to properly investigate her colleagues' shortcomings. Jeanette Parkinson, the former maternity risk manager at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Foundation Trust, committed misconduct due to her "inadequate" review into the deaths of two mothers and…
Leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors are being invited to Liverpool Hope University this June to debate the future of social care. The debate ‘The Crisis in Social Care. Who cares? Who pays?’ will take place on Thursday 22nd June 2017, organised by The Leaders Club and the…
The first victim of the Manchester bomb attack at the city's arena has been named by her college as Georgina Callander. Runshaw College in Leyland, Lancashire, spoke of its "enormous sadness" after hearing that the student died as a result of the blast at the Ariana Grande concert. A spokesman…
A former police detective who played a key role in bringing child sex abusers in Rochdale to justice has said a number of potential offenders are still at large. Detective Constable Maggie Oliver (pictured) persuaded young girls who were being sexually abused in the town to speak to police leading…
A new way of providing adult social care is launching in Calderdale to boost the health and wellbeing of local residents. Calderdale Council is piloting the new service, known as ‘Better Lives at No. 42’, at 42 Market Street, Halifax. The shop, which will be run by social workers, opens…
Police are investigating after a baby born prematurely died at the age of seven months while under a social services spotlight. The little girl was the subject of family court litigation, as a result of bosses at Lancashire County Council launching care proceedings, and detail of the case has emerged…
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