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The helpline is aimed at staff in any sector who are afraid to raise concerns about the way their organisation is dealing with child abuse cases

Whistleblowing helpline on child protection failures due to go live

A union said school support workers are being asked to work extra hours and to take classes, for little extra pay

'Unacceptable' that school support staff work extra hours for little more money

CQC chairman Peter Wyman says social media comments could provide early intelligence of possible problems

Health watchdog to check care complaints on social media sites

The Bank of England has cut its growth forecasts

Modest oil price changes expected to push inflation upwards

Big chains should be forced to spell out the calorie content of food, the LGA said

Chains 'should have to display calorie content of food and drink'

Eating breakfast did not make obese individuals lose weight but did result in more physical activity in the morning, the study found

Breakfast 'makes obese people more active'

The suspects are wanted for crimes including murder, attempted murder, rape and sex offences

Police forces 'refuse to name wanted suspects'

Police at the scene in Belvidere Road

Girls recovering after being hit by a car outside Liverpool school

David Cameron is preparing for next week's crunch talks in Brussels

David Cameron puts security at heart of his case for Britain staying in EU

David Chadwick is wanted by Dorset Police (Dorset Police/PA)

Unsuspecting driver gave lift to wanted paedophile

The Independent newspaper is to become digital only from the end of March

Closure of Independent print titles 'puts 75 jobs at risk'

Former rugby player Ben Cohen has joined The Jump

Ben Cohen joins The Jump to bolster injury-hit line-up on winter sports show

The suspects are wanted for crimes including murder, attempted murder, rape and sex offences

Police forces 'refuse to name wanted suspects'

Police at the scene on Belvidere Road in Liverpool

Eight girls recovering after being hit by a car outside Liverpool school

The BBC said it reported 20 images to Facebook

Facebook's 'zero tolerance to child exploitation' despite claims over images

Serial killer Levi Bellfield

Levi Bellfield 'denies confessing to abducting and killing Milly Dowler'

Rolf Harris is to be charged with seven counts of indecent assault

Rolf Harris faces seven more indecent assault charges

Taxpayers' money has been used to lay on a range of dinners, lunches and receptions for colleagues of John Bercow

Speaker splashed out tens of thousands on dinners, lunches and receptions

David Cameron is preparing for next week's crunch talks in Brussels

David Cameron puts security at heart of his case for Britain staying in EU

Latest politics news

World powers work to craft Syria ceasefire

It is thought the compound could have the same effect on Alzheimer's as statins on heart disease

'Neurostatin' could help guard against Alzheimer's

Adam Johnson pleaded guilty to grooming and sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl

Adam Johnson 'had sexual encounter with 15-year-old girl who idolised him'

Ant and Dec will front the show in the grounds of Windsor Castle in May

Queen asked for us to host 90th birthday show, say Ant and Dec

Scientists believe 'minibrains' will show more reliable results in drug tests than mice or rats

'Minibrains' breakthrough in neuro-research

St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, pictured during a service to mark the centenary of the Press Association

Rupert Murdoch to return to Fleet Street for celebration with Jerry Hall

Fears about so-called designer babies were voiced at the conference

Geneticist 'scared' by prospect of rogue IVF clinics altering babies' DNA

Arthur Simpson-Kent was arrested at Heathrow Airport after his extradition from Ghana

Man remanded over deaths of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake and their two sons

Police at the scene on Belvidere Road in Liverpool, where five children have been hit by a car leaving a number of them with serious injuries

Five children injured after being hit by car in Liverpool

Former Premier League footballer Marcus Bent and his partner arrive at Guildford Magistrates Court

Ex-Premier League player Marcus Bent escapes jail over affray and cocaine

Arthur Simpson-Kent has been charged with the murders of Sian Blake and her two sons (Metropolitan Police/PA)

Man charged with murders of ex-EastEnders actress Sian Blake and her two sons

The Philae lander photographed from mother ship Rosetta as it made its way towards the comet

Scientists resigned to loss of contact with Philae space probe

BBC presenter Dan Walker is a devout Christian and does not work on Sundays

My faith will not affect my work, says BBC presenter Dan Walker

Liverpool MP Steve Rotherham, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and shadow home secretary Andy Burnham arrive at the Hillsborough inquest in Warrington

Jeremy Corbyn and Andy Burnham visit Hillsborough inquests

Tarik Hassane has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and preparation of terrorist acts (CPS/PA)

Man accused of plotting IS-inspired terror attack changes plea to guilty

Barry Manilow has been taken to hospital due to complications from "emergency oral surgery"

Barry Manilow taken to hospital over oral surgery complications

GlaxoSmithKline has been fined £37.6 million for anti-competitive practices

GlaxoSmithKline and generic pharma firms fined £45m for anti-competitive conduct

Richard Dawkins has pulled out of a tour of Australia and New Zealand

Richard Dawkins cancels Australia and New Zealand tour after suffering stroke

Protests outside the Department of Health in London after Jeremy Hunt announced he would impose a new contract on thousands of junior doctors

Hospital bosses: We didn't back forced doctors contract

Pauline Chai, the estranged wife of Khoo Kay Peng, non-executive chairman of Laura Ashley Holdings

Laura Ashley boss ordered to make settlement offer in 'titanic' divorce battle

Latest courts news

UK website loses High Court action over Google Maps

Factory owner Mohammed Rafiq was found guilty of conspiracy to traffic at Leeds Crown Court

Factory owner who used 'slave workforce' to be sentenced

Figures show first-time buyers joining the property ladder this year have spent on average more than £50,000 on rent

Homeowners spending more than £50,000 on rent before buying first property

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy is due to face a sentencing hearing

Thomas 'Slab' Murphy to be sentenced for tax evasion

Prime Minister David Cameron with Kids Company founder Camila Batmanghelidjh

Kids' Company founder denies 'mesmerising' David Cameron

Rolls-Royce said the restructuring programme it started in November "continues to make good progress"

Rolls-Royce profits fall 12% to £1.4bn

Chewing sugar-free gum can be "extremely effective" in reducing the risk of decay, researchers said

Youngsters chewing sugar-free gum 'could save NHS £8.2m' in dental treatments

Concerns have been raised about the rate of prisoner suicides

Prison suicides cost taxpayer up to £300m a year - charity

Pensioners are living longer than ever, according to a sudy

Pensioners can expect to live longer than ever, study shows

Novelist Frederick Forsyth has penned the words to a song performed by Royal Opera House soprano Melissa

Novelist Frederick Forsyth takes on lyricist role in song for soldiers

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