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Mother and Baby Homes - an indictment of an entire society
The Final Report of the Mother and Baby Commission was published this week. It is profoundly disturbing. Both church and state have apologised for their role. But the report is also an indictment of an entire society.
Belfast's links to slavery: a shameful legacy
In the past few months there have been a series of controversies as historians and researchers have exposed links between historic buildings, monuments and slavery.
Hearing loss and GPs – missed appointments and misunderstandings
Why does the local health service have some astounding obstacles to helping people with hearing loss?
Accepting redemption is difficult
In the week Martin McGuinness passed away, Scope examines the nature of redemption by looking at another man's story - double murderer Erwin James, who spoke in Belfast on Monday - and asks what society wants from its prisons.
The Ilott case: contested wills, charities and the law
There were two landmark legal cases of great interest to the sector this week. Here Nick Garbutt examines the case of a woman who left all her money to charity, disinheriting her daughter.
Four years and two months can be too young for school
Scope takes a look at the school starting age and asks if it is too inflexible, and whether it should be the starting point for a revision of some of our methods in early-years development.
Debate of the Week: Social Strategy
In the last Stormont focus before Christmas recess, we look at what the Communities Minister is and isn’t saying about his plans for a social strategy.
Cheers! The truth about problem drinking
News outlets are as predictable as the seasons. For them Christmas is not a period for contemplation of the divine but for reflections on a very different spirit: booze.
Abortion, authoritarianism, and human rights
It is annoying to have to listen to people with whom you profoundly and passionately disagree.
What am I?
by Joe Kenny It must have been when I was still at primary school. There was a game show on the TV, round about lunch time, called ‘Going for Gold’.