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The Spectator on Fostering Agency issues

The link is to a story about another aspect of the child protection system. It contains a story in which there is an example of a common technique that institutions use to deal with criticism of attacking the messenger with false allegations.

It is claimed that people are "learning lessons" when more effort is going into covering up failure.


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