GMB Investigates

DIY Dentistry: What you need to know

Update - Wednesday 30 November

Following Sara Hurley's claims, our researchers made 64 calls to the 111 hotline and the dentists we were referred to - and were offered just SIX NHS appointments.

Good Morning Britain has learnt that almost half of patients have stopped going to the dentist because it is too expensive - and nearly one in ten have resorted to their own DIY dentistry to fix problems.

A quarter told us they been unable to get an NHS appointment, and we also found areas of the country where it was almost impossible to see an NHS dentist urgently.

Warning: The above video contains images some viewers may find distressing.

Dubbing the drastic measures "unnecessary", Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer with the NHS said: "We've got a fabulous system called NHS 111. One phone call and you will get advice and an appointment within that day."

Safety in nurseries: What you need to know

An undercover investigation by Good Morning Britain has found children at a nursery being looked after by unchecked staff, and an incident which saw one child with a rope caught around their neck.

Our report also found that five nursery and pre-school workers are reported to authorities per day for being a potential danger to children - figures which are not monitored by the regulator Ofsted.

We also found a catalogue of injuries at nurseries across the UK including burns, head injuries and broken bones. As part of our investigation we spoke to whistleblowers, parents and experts.

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Top ten tips for choosing a nursery

  1. Look at all local options and see what will work best for you – a nursery close to your home or your workplace? A large or a small setting?

  2. Study a nursery’s website, social media presences and online forums to see what people are saying about it.

  3. Seek out Ofsted inspection reports online via a search engine or ask the nursery to show it to you.

  4. Find out if the nursery has achieved any quality standards or awards such as eQuality Counts, Millie’s Mark, NDNA Champions programmes or Investors In People.

  5. Ask the same questions to all the nurseries you visit to help you compare them. Good nurseries will expect you to ask lots of questions.

  6. Are the staff welcoming, friendly and professional? Is everything clean and safe? Think also about parking arrangements and security.

  7. Find out who would be your child’s main carer and talk to them. Do the children look happy and settled? Are they free to choose what to do and what to play with? Is there a good outdoor area which children can access freely? Is there a good mix of resources so all children can play with what they want to?

  8. Ask how the nursery applies the Government’s Early Years Foundation Stage framework and how they communicate with parents – for example, via an electronic diary, and ideally an open door policy.

  9. Study the menus and check how they’ll cater for your child if they have an allergy or dietary requirements. Is everything cooked from fresh ingredients? What is their food hygiene rating?

  10. Finally, clarify what the fees cover, holiday arrangements and whether childcare credits are accepted or funded hours are available. Always read the terms and conditions.

There's more information, including a nine page factsheet, on National Day Nurseries Association's website.

Supply teacher agencies: What you need to know

I was asked to restrain one of the children because he had become violent. I had to tell them I wasn't a qualified special needs teacher.

– Anonymous supply teacher

Do you know who'll be teaching your children when they arrive at school each morning?

A Good Morning Britain investigation has uncovered the use of an ever increasing number of supply teachers in England with private agencies earning hundred of millions of pounds a year.

Whistleblowers have revealed to us how profit-driven agencies encourage them to lie about their experience and pay them as little as £10 pounds per hour.

Webcam hackers: What you need to know

A Good Morning Britain investigation has discovered strangers spying on your children at their schools, in your homes and in their beds through accessible camera feeds on a scale never seen before.

Our investigation found more than 100,000 British devices are vulnerable to be accessed in this peeping tom epidemic.
Our team were able to watch families in their own homes; we viewed live footage of a pensioner sitting in her living room, the inside of a child's bedroom, footage of children playing in a primary school playground and people in a health centre waiting room. None of the people who could be seen in these live streams were aware they were being watched online.

Charlotte Hawkins' baby monitor gets hacked

Steroid use in the UK: What you need to know

It's abused for a false sense of body image... to improve self-confidence

– Dr Hilary Jones

At the end of last year Spencer Matthews left the I'm A Celebrity jungle unexpectedly - and it was soon revealed the Made in Chelsea star had been taking a course of anabolic steroid pills for a charity boxing fight.

Realising his mistake, Spencer quickly stopped taking the performance enhancing drug and has since made a pledge to raise awareness for the growing epidemic in the UK. Over the past few weeks Spencer has been helping GMB with our investigation into recreational anabolic steroid use in the UK, and this morning he joined us live on the sofa to report his shocking findings.

Child 'revenge porn': What you need to know

An exclusive investigation by Good Morning Britain has revealed that children as young as eight are being humiliated, harassed and bullied on social media platforms, with sexually explicit images of them being shared by other teens.

After making a Freedom of Information request to all police forces in England and Wales, our findings were shocking. Of the 43 forces, 38 responded to our request and 2,130 cases of revenge porn, with one in six involving under-18s.

What is revenge porn?

The term 'revenge porn' applies to the sharing of private, sexual materials, either photos or videos, of another person without their consent and with the purpose of causing embarrassment or distress.

The images are sometimes accompanied by personal information about the subject, including their full name, address and links to their social media profiles.

I think what you've uncovered is so many people are not reporting these things because of the problem of feeling as though they won't be taken seriously or the recriminations that might happen as a result

– Maria Miller MP

Teenage dating apps: What you need to know

Are you a naughty girl?

– One of the many messages our '13 year old' received on Tinder

A Good Morning Britain investigation has uncovered evidence of children being targeted for sex on one of the world's biggest teenage dating sites - and just hours after we handed our findings over to Tinder they announced the app would no longer allow teens to use it.

GMB researcher Athene Hunt, 27, created a fake profile posing as a 13-year-old girl, 'Amy' - using a picture of a youthful-looking member of our team - and the response was shocking.

A total of 122 males messaged us on the app - and only two were the same age as our 13 year old. One even admitted to being 24 and bragged about how he was fooling the internet. Another man said he was 16 - but in his picture looked like he was in his 40s.

Nearly 70 per cent of the messages were from males over the age of consent and one in five of those people had nudity on their profile pictures.

It's so much more shocking than what I've encountered as an adult on this app

– GMB researcher Athene Hunt