Media (Historic): TV/Video

‘Many social workers have criticized the appointment of new Minister of Children Margaret Hodge’. 8.10am 30th June 2003 

Media (Historic): Press

All the press coverage about the Islington child abuse scandal is online and easy to access on website which includes coverage of the 70s and 80s before the scandal was exposed during the 1990s.

Here is a long archive list from 1992 onwards and the most important news coverage in in bold type.

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

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

Fairweather E and Payne S (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


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. London. Evening Standard. 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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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 – Islington child care inquiry chief named. London. Evening Standard. 4th November

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


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

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

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


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

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

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


Fairweather, E (1998) The Islington Child Abuse Scandal in Hunt, G (Ed) (1998) Whistleblowing in the social services. London. Hodder: – book review with publishing details

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


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

Cohen D (2003) A life scarred by the nightmare of abuse. Hodge’s victims. London. Evening Standard. 30th June

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

Kavenagh T (2003) Minister for kids in child sex row. London. The Sun. 1st July

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 – excerpt only

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 fulfill 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]

Bright M and Harris P (2003) The whistleblower’s story. Paul Harris and Martin Bright investigate how a 12-year-old saga of child abuse and cover-ups has returned to haunt Children’s Minister Margaret Hodge, The Guardian 6 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 [new] voice for children. London. The Guardian. 9th 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 – excerpt only

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 – excerpt only

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

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 – excerpt only

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]

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 – excerpt only

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 [Taher] 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 – excerpt only


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

Steggles M (2005) Tough election ride for Hodge. London. Barking and Dagenham Recorder. March 3rd

Batty D (2005) Sex abuse protester to challenge Hodge. London. Guardian. 7th March

Cohen D (2005) Mrs Hodge said I was ‘disturbed’. Now I’m going to beat her on election day. London. Evening Standard. 12th April

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

Berger S (2005) London care home chief used games to lure Thai boys for sex. London Telegraph. 17th July

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


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


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

Fairweather E (2007) A foster mother pays tribute to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s compassion London. The Daily Mail. 27 January

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

Davies L (2007) Obituary: Anne Goldie. Social worker who was instrumental in exposing sexual abuse. London. Guardian 4th May


Fairweather E (2008) I have known about Jersey paedophiles for 15 years. I had so not wanted to be right. London. Mail on Sunday. 2nd March

Davies L (2008) We must support the Jersey survivors. Society Guardian online. 1st August

Fairweather E (2008) Birmingham council sent children to Jersey. London. Mail on Sunday. 3rd August

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

Foggo D and Ungoed-Thomas J (2008) Revealed: sister of Baby P was also abused. London. The Times. 16th November

Fairweather E (2008) Baby P relative implicated in child sex ring. London. The Sunday Times. 14th December


Davies L (2009) Why there will soon be a new baby P scandal – by the woman who tried to warn of danger. London. Mail on Sunday 9th May–woman-tried-warn-danger.html

Fairweather, E (2009) I raised the alarm about the Baby P family 15 years ago. I still want answers. The Daily Mail. 22nd May

Fairweather, E (2009) Top Ofsted job for official embroiled in notorious child sex scandal. The Daily Mail. 3rd October


Fairweather E (2014) Jimmy Savile abuse ‘Islington is still covering up’. Sunday Telegraph 6th April.

Telegraph – Jimmy Savile sex abuse: ‘Islington is still covering up’


Adams G (2015) A blind eye to child abuse: Whistleblowers warned Labour leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn of paedophiles preying on children on his doorstep – but claim he did NOTHING. Daily Mail 31st July

Islington Gazette (2015) Child abuse expert vows to fight on until ‘whole sordid picture’ of Islington’s paedophile ring revealed. 14th January

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