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Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 13/10/2009 - 12:35

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Child Safety: between a rock and a hard place

Ed Balls, the children’s secretary, has said that parents who look after each other’s children will not have to undergo criminal record checks and take childcare courses to make their arrangements legal.

Nigel Hawkes :: Sat, 19/09/2009 - 13:58

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Safeguarding a sinking ship

Are there really 11.3 million adults in the UK who could pose a risk to children?

Robert Whiston and Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 15/09/2009 - 09:10

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Violence and the invisible sex

The Home Office claims that violence against women and girls costs £40.1 billion a year. That’s a very big claim.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 02/09/2009 - 14:46

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Oh what a tangled web we weave ...

Statisticians at the Department for Children Schools and Families have been burning the midnight oil to reconcile two sets of crime statistics.

Robert Whiston :: Wed, 02/09/2009 - 08:40

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How the panic over rape was orchestrated

For years the Home Office and the former Lord Chancellor’s Department have misled the media about rape statistics – and allowed the media to misinform the public.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 22/07/2009 - 16:00

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A blunt way to cut knife crime

Whichever way you cut it, the Government can’t win over knife crime statistics.

Fri, 17/07/2009 - 10:48

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Perception of crime

Interesting article today in The Independent by Amol Rajan about why the perception of crime and its reality remain far apart. Crime falls, but the perception of crime doesn't.

Nigel Hawkes :: Wed, 24/06/2009 - 14:50

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Energetic Travellers

Gloucestershire Police claim that the jailing of five members of a family has reduced crime rates in the county to levels not seen since the 1980s, the Daily Mail reports online.

Nigel Hawkes :: Mon, 15/06/2009 - 23:00

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The DNA database: innocent or guilty, what's the difference?

 The Home Office has published a consultation paper on its plans for retaining DNA profiles of individuals arrested for crimes but not convicted.

Nigel Hawkes :: Tue, 05/05/2009 - 00:00

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Two ways of counting youth crime

“Ten thousand more young people have been diverted from a life of crime” declared the Youth Justice Board (YJB) last November. How does it know?