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Thursday 12th March 2015

Child protection system does not need a political game of 'tough and tougher'

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On 3 March 2015, in the wake of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal, the Prime Minister announced that professionals such as social workers and teachers could face criminal charges for 'wilful neglect' and up to five years in prison if they fail to report child abuse. In a party political game of tough and tougher, Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, also called for a 'crusade' against child abuse and 'mandatory reporting'. But are new crimes really what the child protection system needs?
Date:
Thursday 12th March 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 5th February 2015

The cyber threat to the United Kingdom

Description
When the new government takes office in May 2015 one of the first tasks will be to initiate a Strategic Defence and Security Review.
Date:
Thursday 5th February 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 29th January 2015

How stable is Saudi monarchy after King Abdullah's death?

How stable is Saudi monarchy after  King Abdullah's death?
Description
On 23 January, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah died at the age of 90 and was succeeded by his half-brother Salman, 79, one of the last sons of Saudi Arabia's founder Ibn Saud.
Date:
Thursday 29th January 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences
Thursday 22nd January 2015

Oil crisis: can short-term pain lead to economic gain for Russia?

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The recent crash in oil prices is causing much anxiety in oil-producing states. From Iran to Venezuela, many have come to rely on elevated oil prices to fuel economic growth and support government spending.
Date:
Thursday 22nd January 2015
Categories:
Social Sciences
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