Anne Marie Carrie
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Anne Marie Carrie is an expert advisor on education, child protection and welfare.

She is a commissioner for the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts and Institute of Directors and companion of the Chartered Management Institute.

She was formerly chief executive of children’s charity Barnardo’s.

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The Government Is Failing Families on the Tipping Point Between Hardship and Financial Crisis

(53) Comments | Posted 15 June 2013 | (00:00)

Statistics published today worryingly put the government on course to miss its legal duty to eradicate child poverty by 2020.

It is a national scandal that the 21st Century, child poverty in this country is continuing to affect children's lives.

Sadly the facts speak for themselves....

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Children Living in Poverty Are Facing a Perfect Storm

(6) Comments | Posted 8 April 2013 | (00:00)

This week marks an historic turning point in how benefits are increased. The government's up-rating measure comes into force, increasing payments by just one per cent and breaking the crucial link between benefits and inflation.

The effect of this will be to push another 200,000 children into poverty which is...

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At Last, Children Whose Voices Are Rarely Heard Will Get the Attention They So Desperately Need

(0) Comments | Posted 5 February 2013 | (23:00)

In these difficult times protecting and promoting the well-being of the most vulnerable children in society must be our absolute priority, now more than ever. The introduction of the Children and Families Bill couldn't have come at a better time - it is an eagerly awaited piece of legislation which...

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Barnardo's Plea to Light Up Lives of Children Waiting for Homes

(1) Comments | Posted 27 January 2013 | (23:00)

Everyone has the right to a happy childhood, and the joy that comes from a stable home is something many of us take for granted. But many children don't have parents to care for them and so may never experience the love and affection they need to grow.


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Rash Housing Benefit Cuts Will Leave Unprotected Youngsters Out in the Cold

(8) Comments | Posted 3 December 2012 | (23:00)

It may seem contradictory, but many of the children we look after at Barnardo's are at once the most vulnerable and resilient. I would challenge anyone not to admire the strength and courage it takes such young people as those who have been victims of abusive relationships as children and...

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More Needs to be Done to Protect Vulnerable Children From Sexual Exploitation

(13) Comments | Posted 18 November 2012 | (23:00)

Last November the government launched their first ever National Action Plan to tackle child sexual exploitation. At an event hosted by Barnardo's, I welcomed this as a key step towards addressing this appalling crime. A year on, none of us could have imagined how headlines would be dominated for weeks...

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Debating How Child Poverty Is Measured Must Not Distract From Urgent Action Needed to Tackle It

(14) Comments | Posted 14 November 2012 | (23:00)

Today marks the start of a 12 week government consultation looking at how child poverty is measured and defined in the UK. The question at the heart of the consultation is likely to be whether or not money truly makes a difference to the most deprived families.

Barnardo's believes...

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Not an Easy Fight, but the Right Fight

(6) Comments | Posted 9 October 2012 | (00:11)

In opening up law enforcement to public influence we must guard against the temptation to opt for populist policies which risk sidelining the youngest and most vulnerable victims.

The government's introduction of police and crime commissioners in England and Wales will be a powerful channel for communities to voice their...

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The Government Must Ensure the Pupil Premium Is Being Used to Transform Disadvantaged Pupils' Educational Experience

(2) Comments | Posted 21 September 2012 | (00:00)

Thursday's report from Ofsted revealing that the pupil premium is not consistently being used effectively is deeply concerning. It is particularly worrying since if targeted correctly, the funding has real potential to help to transform disadvantaged pupils' educational experience.

Education is one of the most important and powerful factors...

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Exclusion Figures Prove We Need to Tackle Root Causes Behind Bad Behaviour

(10) Comments | Posted 31 July 2012 | (00:00)

When you see an unruly child making a scene at school it's easy to dismiss them as irresponsible and reckless. What people don't realise is that behind inappropriate and erratic actions often lies a tragic story.

Barnardo's is calling on schools to recognise and help tackle the...

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It's the Parenting That Counts This Father's Day

(2) Comments | Posted 17 June 2012 | (18:41)

Father's Day this year has fallen at the end of a week during which the issue of equal civil marriage was widely debated as the government's consultation on it in England and Wales came to a close. Listening to the arguments, I have become increasingly incensed by those who hold...

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Child Poverty is a Blight on Our Nation, Which We Will Not Remove Unless we Take Action That Matters

(7) Comments | Posted 14 June 2012 | (00:00)

Eradicating child poverty is an ambitious but hugely important aspiration. Not only does it makes sense economically, as according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation the annual cost of our high levels of child poverty is around £25 billion, but it is a moral duty, as no decent society should allow...

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So Many Children Do Not See Their Tormentors Brought to Justice

(3) Comments | Posted 9 May 2012 | (18:48)

The incarceration of nine men for crimes including child rape and trafficking for sexual exploitation is welcome news.

The arms of the law are reaching further than ever before and we can only be thankful that these vile perpetrators are no longer free to harm more innocents.

Yet so many...

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Children of Prisoners Might as Well Be Invisible

(20) Comments | Posted 3 April 2012 | (00:00)

There are more children of prisoners in the UK than children in care. Does that surprise you? It's a statistic most people are completely unaware of, and that's reflective of the fact that these children might as well be invisible.

Time and time again our services have told me that...

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The Government Must Not Impose an Unmanageable Burden on the Poorest With Welfare Reform

(2) Comments | Posted 4 March 2012 | (23:00)

Last week the controversial Welfare Reform Bill - that aims to make the benefits and tax credits system fairer and simpler - successfully cleared parliament and is well on its way to becoming an act of law. Decision-makers in government now face the task of drafting guidance for how the...

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Scrapping Voluntary Work Experience Would Have Removed a Valuable Lifeline for Young People

(1) Comments | Posted 1 March 2012 | (07:47)

Helping young people to gain the skills, experience and qualifications needed for employment has always been a priority for Barnardo's.

As a charity, we train and support more than 3,000 of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people every year. We have a track record of removing some of...

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Third Sector Voice Is Key to Tackling Troubled Families

(0) Comments | Posted 27 February 2012 | (23:00)

The establishment of the Family Strategic Partnership is an important opportunity for the voluntary and community sector; we have been asked by the government to speak on behalf of the third sector and the families we support.

Central government has commissioned our critical input in making and shaping policy in...

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Changes for Children in Care Are Heartening - But Actions Speak Louder Than Words

(1) Comments | Posted 10 February 2012 | (23:00)

At Barnardo's, supporting children in care is at the core of our daily work reaching out to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. This week, the scale of the task in hand hit the headlines when the number of applications to take children was revealed by Cafcass to have reached in...

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Unscrupulous Lenders Rip Off Poorest With Extortionate Charges

(2) Comments | Posted 29 December 2011 | (12:50)

In the UK today, one in 10 households - the poorest families - cannot get access to a bank account. When they run out of cash, which they do frequently in these tough economic times, the most vulnerable are lured into an unaffordable debt trap.

These parents have little choice....

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Courts Must Look After Children for Justice to be Done

(1) Comments | Posted 12 December 2011 | (15:36)

Children who appear in court are, almost by definition, vulnerable. They all need our help and support and at Barnardo's we strive to provide it throughout the court process.

We work with young people who have been abused and need to go to court. We also work with young people...

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