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Exposing Britain’s Social Evils

Helen Pidd, Josh Halliday, Maya Wolfe-Robinson, Nazia Parveen, Amy Walker, Nicole Wootton-Cane, Philip Marzouk

Children In The Dock is an investigation into the youth justice system in England and Wales which involved the Guardian’s Manchester team spending a month monitoring every case at Greater Manchester Youth Court. The series – which began with 18 articles and a podcast – exposed a chaotic, opaque system which fundamentally doesn’t work and fails to help some of society’s most vulnerable children. It revealed that youth cases now take 40% longer than in 2010, when the coalition government began closing half of all magistrates courts; that hundreds of children wait so long for justice that they have their 18th birthdays and end up in adult court; that care homes continue to criminalise children for petty crimes; that the proportion of BAME children in court has doubled in eight years.

“The Guardian’s investigation into youth justice in Britain was a thorough exposé of a creaking system that fails our most vulnerable children. The judges were impressed by how reporters used a variety of methods, including covering every case in one youth court for a month, to detail these failings and spark calls for a systemic review” Max Daly, Judge 



Youth court system in ‘chaos’, says children’s commissioner

Children in handcuffs: a month reporting from youth in court

Revealed: hundreds of children pushed into adult courts by delays

A day inside the hidden world of youth courts

Max Daly

Submitted material

“What’s The Hidden Link Between Missing Children and the UK Drug Trade?”

“How Drug Dealing Gangs Are Taking Over the Countryside”

“Why London’s Teenagers Are Killing Each Other”

Max interviewed on Victoria Derbyshire about London Killings (BBC)

Frances Ryan

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” ‘I could be taken from my home’: why disabled people once again fear being ‘warehoused'”

“The disability system is blocking people like Jaki from their benefits – literally”

“A year of dispatches from the frayed edges of Britain’s safety net”

Video content: “Blocked from benefits … literally”


Jane Bradley

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“Exposed: Hundreds Of Homeless Slaves Recruited on British Streets”

“MPs Call For Change After BuzzFeed Reveals Hidden Homeless Slaves”

“Victims Of Trafficking Were Refused Free Legal Advice Because The Government Got The Law Wrong”

Video content: “Secret film reveals how rough sleepers are rounded up for labour exploitation on British streets”

Eve Livingston

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“These Glasgow Women Are Fighting Back After Decades Of Discrimination”

“Thousands of low paid women are striking. Where’s the solidarity?”

“Why women in Glasgow are striking over equal pay”

Social media content: “Highlights from Glasgow Women’s Strike days 24th/25th October 2018”

Joe Plomin

Producer Director Joe Plomin’s films reveal the mistreatment of the most vulnerable people in society. His careful use of secret filming repeatedly delivers indisputable evidence of real, current ‘evils’. Undercover: Britain’s Immigration Secrets exposed abuse and even assaults at Brook House Immigration Removal Centre, widespread self-harm and people detained for months or even years as they await deportation. One boy was forced to test a batch of drugs by his cell mate. Since broadcast select committee hearings have begun in Parliament, the Home Office is investigating the company running the centre and its director has resigned. A criminal investigation is under way. Behind Bars, Prison Undercover helped reveal the truth about the crisis in Britain’s prisons, which prompted the Government to invest more.

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G4S: What I saw when I went undercover