UK Children

Shocking Statistics Show 'More Children Than Ever' Have Tried To Kill Themselves

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK

The number of children who have admitted to attempting suicide has soared by 43% in a year, ChildLine has revealed. The counselling service said it...

Children Fall Prey to the Dangers of Austerity

David Bull | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
David Bull

Surely no-one wants our most vulnerable children to suffer, even in harsh economic times. And they don't need to. Different choices are possible. We know because many other countries have done better. It is possible to reduce child poverty and deprivation even as we take steps to recover from the great recession.

Biggest Ever Dataset on Causes of Death in Africa and Asia

Peter Byass | Posted 29.10.2014 | UK
Peter Byass

Today a landmark dataset on causes of death in Africa and Asia is published by the INDEPTH Network. Over 110,000 deaths have been tracked and followed...

Overprotective Parents Are Becoming More Common in Today's World, Is It Right?

Kieran Goodwin | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kieran Goodwin

I have grown up with both my parents and still live with them today, I have always been allowed to go out with friends and even trips up London without my parents for almost 5 years, but why is it that so many parents are so protective over their children. Is it because they're worried that their child may get kidnapped? Murdered?

Reaching Syria's 'Silent Governorate' With Much-Needed Humanitarian Assistance

Razan Rashidi | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

AL-Hasakeh/Damascus, 23 October 2014 - While many of Syria's war-torn cities and governorates are grabbing the headlines, the humanitarian situation in the north-eastern governorate of Al-Hasakeh governorate is largely in the shadows. With a population of 1.5 million people - almost half of them children - much of the governorate has been cut off from humanitarian aid for almost two years...

Ebola Outbreak: Focus on Response, Don't Forget Long-term Recovery and Learn Lessons For the Future

Richard C.W. Miller | Posted 28.10.2014 | UK
Richard C.W. Miller

Ebola presents an unprecedented threat to Sierra Leone and other countries in West Africa, not just in terms of public health but also because of the outbreak's long-term social and economic impacts. The UK has taken the global lead in supporting the response and has committed significant resources. This recognises Britain's long standing links with Sierra Leone and ActionAid welcomes and fully supports this.

Children and Tech: We're Making a Mess of It

Geraldine Bedell | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Tech
Geraldine Bedell

British children are among the least confident and creative online of any in Europe. They are also the most monitored and restricted, according to the prestigious EU KIds Online project*. The implications are alarming: personally hampering and potentially economically disastrous.

Seven Things Parents Who Are Also Writers Will Understand

Tracy Buchanan | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tracy Buchanan

I set myself two goals after my husband and I got married back in 2007: have a baby and get a UK book deal. But a few years down the line, neither had happened. Then guess what? It all happened at once.

Sometimes It's Not Right to Report Sexual Abuse

Alexandra Massey | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

If I had the urge to publicly accuse this man, I'd have to question myself and my motives. The only one I can think of is if I was stuck in a victim mindset and sought revenge. Thankfully I'm not. Behaving like a victim disenfranchises you, steals your integrity and keeps you stuck. Yes, they were responsible for what happened then but I am responsible for myself now.

Making the Walk to School Safer and Easier

Joe Irvin | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK
Joe Irvin

Today two children will deliver a 20,000 signature petition to number ten Downing Street. Sinead Bourne, aged 10, and six-year old Khadijah Jahan, will also hand over a large pile of letters from school children across the country asking David Cameron to make their walk to school safer and easier.

'Restraint Is Intrinsically Unsafe' - The Government Is Ignoring the Lessons of the Past, With Potentially Fatal Consequences for Children

Paola Uccellari | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Politics
Paola Uccellari

The Ministry of Justice has published details of how its new child super-prisons ("secure colleges") will be run. Sold as all about putting "education at the heart of custody", the plans are scant on detail about how children will be helped via education and health services, but contain 15 astonishing pages on discipline, punishment and control.

Why the UK Is Finally Taking Low Confidence Seriously

BritChick Paris | Posted 19.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

Last Thursday evening the unbelievable happened. An awards ceremony took place in the House of Commons for body confidence. No need for a red carpet or pomp and circumstance. No male politicians driving agendas to win elections. Just a group of individuals of all shapes and sizes, fighting for the right for us all 'to be ourselves'...

Five Guilt Trips to Expect on Becoming a Mother

Louisa Leontiades | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Louisa Leontiades

You might already feel guilty just for getting pregnant if you're not married and you've been brought up by that type of family. Or for ditching your work without an adequate handover when you bugger off for maternity leave (because who cares when your pelvis is falling apart and you can't pull your pants up properly).

Six Signs You Were Raised by a Narcissistic Mother

Alexandra Massey | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Alexandra Massey

But people who were raised by a narcissistic Mother are depleted of these traits and, as adults, are left with a legacy of difficulties which manifest themselves in all areas of life but particularly in relationships.

Don't Leave Your Child Wounded, This Isn't Your Movie

Chris Good | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Good

If there was a parenting rulebook, I would unashamedly campaign for this to be in the top 5; because if it offends some parent, somewhere, to be challenged on this point, I'd suggest they put their reproductive organs in some blending device and feed them to the family dog...because they shouldn't use them for anything else.

Why Brits Need More Holidays

Emma Rose Black | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Rose Black

Tired, stressed and in need of some sun? Apparently the average Brit now 'needs' a holiday every 56 days. But are we getting enough?

Only Children and Peace Can Change the World

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 16.10.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

In a world that's ever engaged in plotting cross-border terrorism, loading its guns and aiming missiles across countries peace does not stand a chance. In fact, often you wonder about the probability of nations being friends with each other, all through this mayhem.

The Children Living With Violence in Rio's Favelas

Beth McLoughlin | Posted 15.10.2014 | UK
Beth McLoughlin

A project was launched this weekend across 13 favelas, including Mare, to look at the impact of this militarisation of favelas on young, black people living there. Many spoke of the difficulty living in places where violence is a daily reality - and it seems that hopes of peace are a long way off.

The State Should Be a Parent Who Doesn't Turn Its Back on Young People

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Childhood is short. And maybe like me, you remember longing to be grown up because of the freedom and adventure we perceived adulthood brings. But for some of our most vulnerable young people, adulthood is thrust upon them too soon.

How to be a Calm Parent - Body Language Expert Reveals All

Benjamin Bonetti | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Benjamin Bonetti

No matter what anyone says, the stresses involved with parenting are unlike any other stresses that exist. As a father of two, I know that despite the best parenting efforts, boiling point will be experienced with a number of situations no matter what you do to keep your emotions under control.

Postnatal Depression in Fathers - What are we Going to do About it?

Olivia Spencer | Posted 10.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

Postnatal depression affects fathers too. It's a fact, it's been researched, professionals working in mental health and in medicine agree that it exists, and I've spoken to many sufferers over the past year...but what are we going to do about it?

The Mum-Hub: An Exclusive Parental Social Club

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Ragoonanan

I have never seen any dads in the hub. Not even partners. The hub is usually a child-free zone too, a place of mothers in conversation while their children fend for themselves. This day there were lots of crying and distressed pre-school children who needed the attention of scattered lone parents, before their actual parent in the hub noticed.

Video Games Could Be the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Education

Pete Low | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Pete Low

Given the choice to play video games or go to school on any given day, my children would choose video games. So as both a father and a video game designer I wonder: could schools tap into the things that make learning so addictive in the games that my kids are playing?

Your Children Are Fat! Teachers Tell Parents It's Their Job to Keep Their Kids Slim

Olga Levancuka | Posted 03.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olga Levancuka

For us whom live in London, a hard fitness regime is paramount as such as in New York, do forget about the rest of England, where average folk look... healthy. Like they actually have had something to eat.

Nothing To See Here, Just A 9-Year-Old Smoker Asking For A Lighter

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's not every day a 9-year boy old walks around the local town with a fag in their hand. But that's exactly what happened when Jenson accosted strang...