Eileen Fairweather

Eileen and I met in 1991 when she began to investigate tEileen-Fairweatherhe Islington child abuse scandal.
Our first meeting was memorable because, although she came from outside London to meet me at Kings Cross station, I didn’t show up because I was so frightened.

Social workers of course can be dismissed for having any contact with the media that is not approved by their employer.  At the time the police were working with me to expose the child abuse scandal and Eileen played an important role in that process.

While social workers avoid all contact with the media, the police know how to work with particular journalists in a positive way. Eileen and Stewart Payne (senior reporter on the Evening Standard) investigated the abuse of children in Islington for many months until the story broke in the Evening Standard in October 1992. Stewart and Eileen presented a comprehensive dossier of evidence to the police and the Social Services Inspectorate and won the Reporting Team of the Year award for the Islington investigation in the 1993 British Press Awards. Because I was working as a child protection manager in a different authority, my name was kept out of the media until Margaret Hodge was appointed Minister for Children in 2003.

The Editor of the Evening Standard then asked me if I would support the Islington survivors who were opposing the appointment of Margaret Hodge to this post. I agreed to do this because I was then working at London Metropolitan University and I was in a better position to speak with the media.

Eileen and I have since worked together on over 300 stories about the protection of children. These are listed on this website. She also wrote a chapter entitled, ‘The Islington Child Abuse Scandal’ in Hunt, G. Whistleblowing in the social services. London. Hodder Arnold. Eileen taught me most of what I now know about working with the media in a safe and positive way to protect children and represent the views of those working to protect children.

There has to be a safe way to draw public and political attention to the abuse of children or to professionals who are being silenced about exposing abuse. Sensitive, accurate media coverage is an important way of promoting and achieving justice for vulnerable children.


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Fairweather E (2008) Baby P’s close relative is linked to a big paedophile network. London. The Daily Mail. 15 November,

BBC (2008) Breakfast news interview Liz Davies. 15th November

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Fairweather E (2007) Liam was horribly abused by gay social workers. It was only Rowan William’s prayers that saved him. London. Mail on Sunday. 28th January

ITV (2007) Trevor McDonald interview Liz Davies re childhood obesity case. 26th February

Fairweather E (2007) Foster mother pays tribute. London: Evening Standard. 17th May 2007

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Fairweather E (2006) Last month this man killed himself in Thailand after being accused of sexually abusing 300 boys. I have to ask this disturbing question. Would these boys have suffered if Margaret Hodge’s London council had not protected him? London. Mail on Sunday. June 11th

Knowsley J and Fairweather E (2006) Care home girl abused by 25 men in 2 years. London. Mail on Sunday. August 27th

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Davies L (2006) Data also needs protection. Society Guardian online. 13th September

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Leapman B (2005) Islington victim to challenge Hodge. London. Evening Standard. 28th February

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Barking and Dagenham Recorder (2005) Clean sweep for Labour. Angry hecklers jeer re-elected Hodge. London. Barking and Dagenham Recorder. 6th May

Brody S (2005) Tribunal hears that Arthurworrey should not be on Poca list. Community Care. 24th May

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Smith C (2004) Softly Softly. New multi agency training courses. Care and Health 6th April.

Davies L (2004) Limited Resources to Snare Abusers. Viewpoint. Community Care. 5-11 August

Hopkirk E and Leapman B (2004) Climbié social worker to challenge sacking. London. Evening Standard. 1st September

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Batty D (2004) The blame game. London. Guardian. 3rd September

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Roberts Y (2004) ‘But’ is no excuse for not getting it right. Community Care. 9th September

Davies L (2004) Why I believe in Lisa. London. Evening Standard. 6th September.

Leapman B (2004) Shame of Climbié council.. Problems went all the way to the top. London. Evening Standard. 7th September

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Leapman B (2004) I was a scapegoat claims social worker sacked over Climbié case. London. Evening Standard. 4th October

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Mail on Sunday (2004) Climbié social worker loses appeal. London Mail on Sunday 8th October.

Telegraph (2004) Climbié social worker loses appeal. London. The Telegraph. 10th October

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Hornsey Journal (2004) Climbié case social worker loses claim to ‘unfair’ sacking. London. Hornsey Journal. 14th October

Nixson M and Fairweather E (2004) Sacked from his council job, the child sex victim insulted by Margaret Hodge. London. Mail on Sunday. 5th December


Steven S (2003) The disgrace of Mrs Hodge. London. Evening Standard. 16th June

Cohen D (2003) Yes Minister, you were told about abuse in the care homes, yet you refused to listen. London. Evening Standard. 30th June

Cohen D and Murphy J (2003) Minister accused on abuse scandal. Hodge knew of scandal from the start. London. Evening Standard. 30th June

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Orr D (2003) The hypocrisy of Ms Hodge and her friends. London. The Independent. 1st July

Cohen D (2003) Pimp preyed on me while I was in care. Hodge’s victims. My brother was abused first and then it was me. London. Evening Standard. 1st July

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Waugh P (2003) Another minister under fire: call for Hodge to quit over child abuse scandal. London. The Independent 1st July.

Davies L (2003) The post is too important to get wrong. Society Guardian online comment. 1st July

White M and Batty D (2003) Hodge hits back on calls to quit as children’s minister. London. The Guardian. 1st July

Rawstorne T (2003) Is she fit to care for 1 million children? Abuse scandal haunts the new minister. The victim. The whistleblower. Liz Davies. London. Daily Mail. 1st July

Cohen D and Murphy J (2003) Minister and the sex ring warning. Memo told Hodge: fourteen children at risk. The Minister and her lies. London. Evening Standard.1st July

Cohen D (2003) Rising anger over child minister. London. Evening Standard. 2nd July

Cohen D (2003) Terrifying flashbacks of childhood sexual abuse. London. Evening Standard. 2nd July

Wilson, G (2003) Pressure grows on Blair to sack Hodge over child abuse scandal. London. Daily Mail. 2nd July

Waugh P (2003) PM defends embattled Hodge over child sex allegations. London. The Independent 2nd July

White M (2003) No10 defends Hodge as calls grow for her to go. London. Guardian. 2nd July

Murphy J (2003) Measures to curb child abuse delayed by the Hodge furore. London. Evening Standard. 3rd July

Jenkins S (2003) You can’t do this job, Mrs Hodge. New revelations about child sex abuse while you w ere leader of Islington Council make it impossible for you to be Minister for Children. London. Evening Standard. 3rd July

Hunter H and Murphy J (2003) She could be sued by care victims for her mistakes. London. Evening Standard. 3rd July

Grice A (2003) Outcry over Hodge delays proposals to reduce child abuse. London. The Independent. 3rd July

Lucas S (2003) Past scandal to haunt borough. London. Highbury and Islington Express. 4th July

Murphy J and Hunter H (2003) Attack by children’s charities steps up pressure on Hodge. ‘Jaws dropped when her appointment was made’. London. Evening Standard. 4th July

Roberts Y (2003) The abused and the accused. Is she the victim of a 13 year old vendetta or of her own misjudgement? Will she stay or will she go? London. The Independent on Sunday. 6th July

Observer (2003) Why Ms Hodge must resign. London. The Observer. 6th July

Marrin M (2003) H is for hypocrisy as Hodge reveals the Stalinist truth. London. The Sunday Times. 6th July

Speed N (2003) Hodge’s care home blunders may have let in paedophiles. London. The Sunday Times. 6th July

Riddell M (2003) Children deserve much better. A Minister who can no longer fulfil her main function of protecting the weak has to go. London. Observer. 6th July

Bright M and Harris P (2003) Hodge’s history bites back. Liz Davies tells her story for the first time. London. The Observer 6th July

McKinstrey L (2003) She’s no Lady Macbeth. McKinstry leaps to the defence of his former colleague at Islington council. London. The Sunday Telegraph. 6th July

Murphy J (2003) Let Hodge step down and face an inquiry. London Evening Standard. 7th July

Frean A (2003) Why Margaret Hodge must go. The social worker behind the story. Public Agenda. London. The Times: 8th July

Carvel J (2003) Hodge pledges voice for children. London. The Guardian. 9th July

Davies L (2003) Personal profile. Care and Health magazine 16th July

Batty D (2003) Minister’s retreat. London. Guardian. 6th August

Murphy J (2003) Blair set to back criticised Hodge. London. Evening Standard. 5th September

Sunday Times (2003) Blair delayed child laws to rescue Hodge. London. The Sunday Times. 7th September

Davies L (2003) Her appearance is an insult to the scores of children she failed. London. Evening Standard. 8th September

Murphy J (2003) Hodge snubbed as Climbié reforms are announced. London. Evening Standard. 8th September

Frean A (2003) Follow my vision for children. London. The Times 16th September

Davies L (2003) Macleod is wrong to blame the media. Letter. October

Hennessy P (2003) Hodge tries to gag the BBC over new claims of council child abuse. London. Evening Standard. 11th November

Leonard T (2003) Mrs Hodge has not learned anything. ‘Threatening’ letter caused anger and anguish among BBC chiefs. London. Telegraph. 12th November

Bennett R (2003) Abuse victim to sue minister over complaint to BBC. London. The Times. 12th November

Cohen D and Hennessy P (2003) See you in court Minister. Margaret Hodge under pressure to quit as abuse victims threaten to sue her. London. Evening Standard. 12th November

Cohen D (2003) Another victim says he will sue Hodge…. She gave no apology I find that amazing. London. Evening Standard 12th November

Phillips M (2003) If you had an iota of shame Mrs Hodge you’d resign now. London. Daily Mail. 12th November.

The Sun (2003) The Sun says quit Hodge. London. The Sun 12th November

Wooding D (2003) Kid’s Minister slurs child abuse victim. Hodge bid to gag Beeb. London. The Sun. 12th November

Hennessy P (2003) QC attacks Hodge in child abuse row. London. Evening Standard. 12th November

Payne S, Womack S and Sparrow A (2003) Children’s Minister is accused of smearing abuse victim in BBC row. London. Telegraph.12th November

Hall S (2003) Hodge tried to gag Today over ‘ abuse’ Pressure on Hodge rises with call for statement to MP’s. London. The Guardian. 12th November

Hall S (2003) Embattled Hodge faces growing pressure to quit. London. Guardian. 12th November

Sears N (2003) Hodge must go for slur against child sex victim. London. Daily Mail 12th November

Graff R (2003) Hodge accused of smear campaign after bid to suppress ‘deplorable’ BBC story. London. Independent. 12th November

Hennessy P (2003) Hodge hauled to summit with her boss. London. Evening Standard. 13th November

Waugh P (2003) Children’s minister faces fresh call to resign over ‘smear’. London. Independent. 13th November

Waugh P (2003) Blair throws protective arm around embattled Hodge. London. Independent. 14th November

Stickler A (2003) Today programme Radio 4 2 Interviews re; Margaret Hodge and Demetrious Panton.  11th November and 13th November

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Bennett R (2003) Abuse victim accepts apology but still wants minister to quit. London. The Times. 15th November

Sparrow A (2003) Hodge child abuse apology not genuine. London. Telegraph. 15th November

The Times (2003) Ministering Justice. London. The Times. 15th November.

Hardy R (2003) I only wanted her to listen. Exclusive interview with Demetrious Panton. London. Daily Mail. 15th November

Cecil N (2003) Sorry? Its not enough Hodge. Smear victim calls for her resignation. London. The Sun. 15th November

Watt N and Dyer C (2003) Public humiliation for Hodge. London. Guardian. 15th November

News of the World (2003) Kids Minister faces £18k bill to stay in job. London. News of the World. 16th November

Ungoed-Thomas J and Speed N (2003) Hodge faces $10,000 bill to save career. London. The Sunday Times. 16th November

McSmith A (2003) Explain or be sued victim tells Hodge. London. Independent. 16th November

Cohen D (2003) New social worker condemns Hodge. I too want a public apology from Margaret Hodge. London. Evening Standard. 17th November

Platell A (2003) Hodge must pay the final price for hypocrisy. London. Evening Standard. 15th November

Coward R (2003) Adding new insult to old injury. London. The Guardian. 13th November

Wooding D (2003) Hodge caves in over abuse jibe. £13k bill plus court apology to keep job. London. The Sun. 18th November

Tahes A and Leapman B (2003) ‘Downgraded’ Hodge still under pressure despite court apology. London. Evening Standard. 18th November

Reiss H (2003) Howard puts PM on spot over refusal to sack Hodge. London. Evening Standard. 19th November

Eastman P (2003) She ignored a terrible child abuse scandal under her own nose. Now she preaches to every family in Britain. London. Daily Mail. 27th November

Panton D (2003) Her words made me sick to the stomach. London. Daily Mail. 27th November


Goodwin J (2002) Killed by anti-racism: Arthurworrey had never carried out a full investigation, not held a case conference, nor overseen a case working with police London. Daily Mail: 16th February


Fairweather E and Payne S (2001) Was it all her fault? The social worker who should have saved little Anna is distraught , has lost 2 stone and can’t sleep. London. Evening Standard. 23rd January


Payne S (2000) Tragic Aliyah: First arrest. Child porn link to life of vice led by care girl aged 13. London. Evening Standard. 25th September


Payne S (1999) Two social workers face sack over death of prostitute aged 13. London. Evening Standard. 17th August

Payne S (1999) Its not too late to prosecute those who used and abused sad Aliyah. London. Evening Standard 17th August

Payne S (1999) Police follow up Standard Inquiry into tragic vice girl. London. Evening Standard. 18th August

Payne S (1999) New insult to tragic Aliyah. Council refuses to publish full report on drug death of girl in care aged 13. London. Evening Standard. 30th September

Payne S (1999) Standard shames council into revealing Aliyah report. London. Evening Standard.1st October

Payne S (1999) Named: the officials who decided not to publish the full report on Aliyah Ismail. London. Evening Standard. 1st October

Payne S (1999) Aliyah: the fatal betrayal. Damning report reveals how care staff repeatedly failed girl of 13. London. Evening Standard. 4th October

Payne S (1999) Report on welfare findings to remain secret. London Evening Standard. 4th October.

Payne S (1999) More controversy as report’s author skips conference. London. Evening Standard. 4th October

Payne S (1999) They filed in, they filed out. And still there was silence. Officials in Aliyah case refuse to comment on social workers failings. London Evening Standard 5th October

Payne S (1999) I told my social worker that Aliyah was at risk; friend reveals he fears for tragic girl who died of overdose. London. Evening Standard. 6th October

Payne S (1999) Secret Aliyah report ‘ must be made public’. London Evening Standard. October 8th

Payne S (1999) Revealed: abuse misery of Aliyah 13. London. Evening Standard. 12th October


Payne S and Fairweather E (1998) Poisonous regime that betrayed the children. London. Evening Standard. 7th January

Fairweather E and Waugh P(1998) Hackney’s tainted chiefs will be axed. London. Evening Standard. January 9th

Payne S and Fairweather E (1998) Hackney child abuse scandal. London. Evening Standard. January 21st


Payne S and Fairweather E (1996) Pension at 44 for child abuse inquiry man. London. Evening Standard. 19th January

Burnett E and William H (1996) Abuse victim makes history. Ground breaking lawsuit may end council’s immunity from prosecution. London. The Voice. 9th April

Fairweather E and Postlewaite J (1996) Man linked to child abuse scandal jailed in Morocco. London. Evening Standard. 22nd April

Croft E (1996) Whistleblowers safe to talk. London Hampstead and Highgate express. 29th March

Fairweather E and Payne S (1996) Police investigate Aids scandal after 4 care children die. London. Evening Standard. 1st August

Fairweather E (1996) The rape of a family. Scandal of abuse by foster boy. London. Evening Standard. 27th September

Fairweather E (1996) How one 15 year old boy destroyed a whole family. A viper in the nest. London. Evening Standard. 27th September

Ravenscroft P (1996) Town hall has failed to act on paedophiles. London. Islington Gazette. 4th October


Payne, S and Fairweather E (1995) The sad betrayal of a boy in care. How a vulnerable teenager was placed with gay foster parents by Islington council. Evening Standard. 31st January

Fairweather E (1995) Ex yard man fights on against child abuse. London. Evening Standard. 9th May

Payne S and Fairweather E (1995) ‘Political correctness’ put children at risk. London. Evening Standard. 23rd May

Fairweather E and Payne S (1995) At last they admit it : we were right. Vital files withheld from police. London. Evening Standard. 23rd May

Brindle D (1995) Child abuse claims left unchecked. Council too anxious not to offend black and gay staff sensitivities. London. Guardian. 24th May

Spencer R (1995) Equal rights policy ‘hid child abuse’. London. The Telegraph. 24th May

Daily Mail (1995) How town hall dogma betrayed sex-ring children. London. Daily Mail. May 24th

Murray I (1995) Council’s PC bias ‘helped pimps and paedophiles. London. The Times 24th May

Evening Standard (1995) The truth and Mrs Hodge. London. Evening Standard .25th May

Oborne P (1995) At last! Mrs Hodge admits: I was wrong. London. Evening Standard. 26th May

Hodge M (1995) Another view. London Evening Standard. 25th May

Fairweather E (1995) Stalinist reluctance to study the facts. Reporting the Islington child abuse story was terrifying. London. The Independent. 30th May

Fairweather E (1995) Child home inspector is demoted. London. Evening Standard

Brindle D (1995) Child abuse claims left unchecked. London. The Guardian 24th May

Fairweather E and Payne S (1995) What became of the children failed by Islington social services department? London. Evening Standard. 24th May

Waterhouse R (1995) Chaotic policies put children in danger. London The Independent 24th May

Downey R (1995) Checks failure could put children at risk. Community Care. 27th July

Islington Gazette (1995) Child sex shame of social workers. Council chief pledges it must not happen again. London. Islington Gazette .1st June

Downey R (1995) Politically incorrect. Community Care. 15th June

Payne S (1995) Register fails to name child abuse suspects. London. Evening Standard. 1st August

Payne S (1995) QC questions council secrecy on ‘ child abuse staff’ names. London. Evening Standard 2nd August.

Timmins N (1995) Abuse case man given child care job. London. The Independent. 2nd August

Payne S and Fairweather E (1995) Islington sex abuse: two men traced. London. Evening Standard. 3rd August

Payne S and Fairweather E (1995) Islington child abuse: Ex-worker tracked down. London. Evening Standard. 3rd August

Payne S and Fairweather E (1995) Country life of a child abuser. Rabet recruited many young boys to work at his activity centre. London. Evening Standard. 7th August

Payne S and Fairweather E (1995) Abusers free to work in private firms. London. Evening Standard. 8th August

Sengupta K (1995) Trapped on tape. Child of eight can consent to sex. This is the view of youth justice manager. Amazing child sex admission by a top social worker and he is still employed. Why? London. Today. 9th August

Community Care (1995) Westminster denies second suspect rumours. Community Care. 17th August

Downey R (1995) Council search for named suspects. Community Care. 10th August

Downey R (1995) Islington faces more censure on child care. Community Care. 10th August

Postlewaite J (1995) Poison Inquiry over child abuse team. London. Evening Standard. 9th November

Goodall C (1995) Probe as staff claim: we have been poisoned. London. Islington Gazette. 16th November

Fairweather E and Postlewaite J (1995) London told: Unite to fight child abuse. London Evening Standard. 28th November



Daily Mail (1994) For the sake of the children. Comment. London. Daily Mail. 19th February

Fairweather E (1994) Scandal council’s social services director resigns. London. Evening Standard. 22nd February

Rose P (1994) An abuse of trust. Scandal of paedophile network preying on youngsters put into their care. London. Daily Mail. 24th February

Chamberlain L (1994) Nail in the coffin. Generic social work. One London borough is pulling back from its system of neighbourhood services. Community Care. 24th February

Adamson C (1994) Islington manager faces probe in new care row. London. Evening Standard. 15th March

Evening Standard (1994) Hodge bid to be MP is threatened by sacking. London. Evening Standard. 16th March

Payne S (1994) How Islington failed a family for 14 years. London. Evening Standard. 17th March

Rosser N and Fairweather E (1994) Ex-Islington leader to stand as MP. London. Evening Standard. 29th March.

Fairweather E (1994) Surely our children deserve more than this? Police chiefs have suggested that Scotland Yard’s obscene publications squad – a key weapon in the Met’s fight against child pornographers, may be disbanded. London Evening Standard 25th April

Downey R (1994) Charity acts to scotch rumours. Community Care. April

Payne S (1994) Islington exposed over child welfare. London. Evening Standard.8th July

Ogden J (1994) Inspector’s report tears into Islington. London. Care Weekly 14th July

Downey R (1994) SSI slams Islington child care services. Community Care. 14th July

Fairweather E (1994) Islington hid criminal past of gay children’s home chief. London. Evening Standard .18th July

Fairweather E and Payne, S (1994) Children abused by pimps in Islington./ official report confirms the disturbing findings of the Evening Standard investigation into child care. London. Evening Standard.1st August

Community Care (1994) Report leaked to paper reveals Islington chaos. Community Care. 4th August

Fairweather E (1994) Islington in child care shake up. London. Evening Standard. 9th September

James G (1994) Righting the record in Islington. Letter. Community Care. 9th September

Payne S and Fairweather E (1994) Child care chief held in abuse inquiry. London. Evening Standard. 9th October

Clarke N (1994) Home sweet home. Runaway boys are found living in a garage. London. Islington Gazette. 27th October

Payne S (1994) Inquiry child care inquiry chief named. London. Evening Standard. 4th November

Goodall C (1994) Childcare inquiry chief named. London. Islington Gazette. 10th November

Community Care (1994) New child care probe launched. Community Care. 10th November

Freedom to Care (1994) Social worker. Neville Mighty. Freedom to Care. Winter, 1994



Payne S and Fairweather E (1993) Children in care: the truth. London. Evening Standard. 18th February

Payne S and Fairweather E (1993) Islington: Inquiry backs Standard report on plight of children. The Failings. London. Evening Standard. 18th February

Payne S and Fairweather E (1993) Islington: The missing evidence. London. Evening Standard 19th February

Harper M (1993) Apologise to the Standard, Islington told. London. Evening Standard. 19th February

Ivory M (1993) Sacked worker claims he was scapegoated. Community Care. 19th February

Brindle D (1993) Children’s homes out of control. London. Guardian 19th February

Community Care (1993) Islington denies claims of victimisation. Community Care.19th February

Ivory M (1993) Islington carpeted in independent inquiry. Community Care. 25th February

Fairweather E (1993) Children missing as ‘violent’ home is shut. London. Evening Standard. 8th March

Fairweather E (1993) Child home inspector is demoted. London . Evening Standard. 11th March

Insall R (1993) Pervert runs play park in the woods! Kiddie porn haul seized by vice cops. London. News of the World. 21st March

Pryer N and Payne S (1993) Police stoned by rioting children at council home. London. Evening Standard. 23rd March

Care weekly (1993) Unrest quashed by crack team. London. Care Weekly. 25th March

Community Care (1993) Court action dropped. Community Care. 6th May

Payne S and Fairweather E (1993) Country house hideaway of disgraced care chief. Central figure in Evening Standard news investigation. London. Evening Standard. 6th May

Marchant C (1993) Still putting the family to rights. Community Care. 6th May

Payne S and Fairweather E (1993) Islington abuse case expert is dismissed Standard team wins top award. London. Evening Standard. 20th May

Community Care (1993) Tunnard ‘overlooked in children’s home inquiry. London. Community Care. 27th May

Brindle D ( 1993) Social work changes ‘ put children at risk’. London. The Guardian 19th July

Payne S and Fairweather E (1993) Guilty as charged. Minister rushes in homes inspectors and praises the Standard. London. Evening Standard. 28th July

Payne S and Fairweather E (1993) Dogma that ignored children’s needs. Council branded incompetent as inquiry criticises ‘past and present serious failings’. London. Evening Standard. 28th July

Payne S and Fairweather E (1993) Shock attack on childcare. Islington condemned as official inquiry backs Standard report. London. Evening Standard. 28th July

BASW newsletter (1993) Islington Inquiry fails the children. Birmingham. BASW. 28th July

Fairweather E and Payne S (1993) Islington: Yard to investigate child sex abuse. The agony goes on for victims and their families. London. Evening Standard. 29th July

The Times (1993) Childcare standards attacked by experts. London. The Times. 29th July

Macdonald M (1993) Council’s social services condemned. London. The Independent. 29th July

Palmer R (1993) Child sex abuse ring found. London. The Sunday Times. 1st August

Fairweather E (1993) Islington brings in new homes team. London. Evening Standard. 2nd August

Goodall C (1993) Child care in crisis. Experts damn council services, police probe sex abuse claim. London. Islington Gazette. 5th August

Watt S (1993) Extinction in generic park. London. Care Weekly. 5th August

Adamson C (1993) New shock as child abuse files go missing. London . Evening Standard. August

Chamberlain L (1993) SSD’s generic system slated by inquiry team. Community Care. August

Eaton L (1993) Jack of all trades. The neighbourhood based approach to providing services has lost much credibility after the scathing report into Islington’s child care services. Community Care. 2nd September.

Goodall C (1993) Boy flees kidnap bid. London. Islington Gazette. 23rd September.

Fairweather E (1993) Standard forces Islington to make crucial changes. London Evening Standard 27th October

Lineham T (1993) A lesson for everyone. Doubts about Islington’s management structure have been justified by an investigation into borough’s homes. Community Care.

Ivory M (1993) Miller moves in to help lift morale. Community Care

Payne S and Fairweather E (1993) Islington’s head of child homes resigns. London. Evening Standard. 15th November

Islington Gazette (1993) Social services chief quits. London. Islington Gazette. 18th November.

Community Care (1993) Cusack retires. Community Care. 18th November


Islington Gazette (1992) Social worker had sex with boy in care. London. Islington Gazette. 23rd March

Benetto J (1992) Social worker is cleared of sex abuse of boy, 14. London Independent. 25th March

Community Care (1992) Worker’s nightmare ends. Community Care. 2nd April

Mowbray C (1992) Child care expert fined over photographs of naked boys. London. The Independent. 17th September.

Fairweather E and Payne S (1992) The scandal at the heart of child care. London. Evening Standard. 6th October

Fairweather E and Payne S (1992) The tragic stories of five victims. London. Evening Standard. 6th October

Fairweather E and Payne S (1992) Lured into the Hot house of corruption. London. Evening Standard. 7th October

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Fairweather E (1992) Minister acts over our child abuse revelations. London. Evening Standard. 7th October

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Fairweather E (1992) All-party backing for inquiry on child abuse. London. Evening Standard. 7th October

Fairweather E and Payne S (1992) The gay care worker who tried to foster a boy he was banned from seeing. London. Evening Standard 7th October

Fairweather E and Payne S (1992)The prime suspect ; SHANE’S STORY How Islington hindered a police inquiry into a former worker a boy in care and a pornographer. London. Evening Standard. 7th October

Fairweather E and Payne S (1992) Abuse inquiry gets backing from all sides. Children at risk. London. Evening Standard. 8th October

Marchant C (1992) SSD accused of ignoring fears of abuse network. Community Care. 15th October

Fairweather E and Payne S (1992) How Louise, aged 15, was sent back to a life of shame. London. Evening Standard. 16th October