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Today: Thursday 12 March 2009

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Too many children are abused because social work departments fail to protect them, a report is expected to state. And lawyers and political activists around Pakistan start a four-day anti-government demonstration over sacked judges.

Lord Laming's second review of child protection in England is expected to conclude that changes have not been implemented by some social work departments. John Dunford, general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, discusses whether the recommendations of the first report made things more difficult for councils.

A new exhibition demonstrating how technology from Formula One racing influences more pedestrian pursuits has opened at the Science Museum in London. Science correspondent Tom Feilden visits the museum to discover everything from an F1-inspired wheelchair to non-slip boots and hi-tech fishing line.

Plans for a multi-million pound central database on offenders failed because of poor management and a lack of budget control, the spending watchdog says. Edward Leigh, chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, discusses the five plans that will replace it - which will cost at least 279m more than the original budget.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Germany is in shock after a heavily armed 17-year-old opened fire on pupils and teachers at his former school in a killing spree in which 15 people died. Thomas Kielinger, London correspondent of German newspaper Die Welt, discusses the reaction from the press to the shooting spree.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Despite the G20 meeting in London lasting only six hours, Gordon Brown believes that the aim of the summit is no less than to redesign the global financial system. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders speaks to some of the officials involved in the summit to examine what sort of preparations are needed for such a meeting.

Chocolate should be taxed in the same way as alcohol and cigarettes to tackle increasing levels of obesity and type 2 diabetes, a Scottish GP says. GP and food scientist Dr David Walker, who will argue the case before the BMA's Scottish Medical Committee, and Professor Roger Corder, of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, discuss if this is a practical proposal.

Today's papers.

It is 50 years since the failed Tibetan uprising against the Chinese government. China has sealed off Tibet to foreigners but correspondent James Reynolds, who has managed to get onto the Tibetan plateau without being arrested, reports on the situation in the region.

Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui, of the University of Glasgow.

Lawyers and opposition politicians in Pakistan have begun a four day march to Islamabad to protest at the failure of President Zardari's government to reappoint the Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry. Correspondent Barbara Plett reports on the marches. Babar Sattar, a lawyer based in Islamabad, discusses why the judiciary has become the focal point of this protest.

Too many children are abused because social work departments fail to protect them, a report by Lord Laming is expected to conclude. Reporter Sanchia Berg, Sue Berelowitz, deputy children's commissioner for England, and Dr Eileen Munro, reader in social policy at the London School of Economics, discuss if reforms to child protection brought in nine years ago following the death of Victoria Climbie have been properly implemented.

It is impossible to open a newspaper without reading about a columnist's family problems. Is there merit in newspaper columns about the ups and downs of writers' lives? Liz Jones, of the Mail on Sunday, and Sunday Times columnist Minette Marrin discuss the appeal of "wonky trolley" articles in broadsheet newspapers.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Around 11m has been paid in compensation to more than 3,700 prisoners after a judge ruled their human rights had been breached by slopping out their prison cell toilets. Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill and lawyer Tony Kelly, who worked on the test case, discuss if the payouts are "unacceptable".

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Samuel Beckett's play Waiting for Godot is being taken on tour by four of the UK's greatest actors. Jim Naughtie visits acting stars Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Simon Callow and Ronald Pickup and discuss how this partnership had come about.

Preparations for the G20 summit in London are due to step up a gear when 20 finance ministers join central bankers at a luxury hotel in Sussex. Sir Christopher Meyer, former British Ambassador to Washington, and columnist Anatole Kaletsky, of the Times, discuss if the meeting will meet expectations.



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