UK Children

Twenty-Five Reasons I Can't Wait for My Kids to Grow Up

Kim Chambers | Posted 24.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Chambers

Young children bring much joy and love but let's be honest about their day-to-day management. The grinding monotony, constant supervision, logistics, attention and sacrifices, and so on. I regularly find myself wishing my four and six year old daughters would just get on with it, hurry up and grow up.

Dealing With Death and Caring for Your Children

Susan Leigh | Posted 21.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Susan Leigh

In the UK alone twenty-two people die every day leaving their children to be raised by either one or no parents. Multiply this by the number of days in the year and it reveals a very large number of children and young people who are left in a bereaved situation.

Child Rights Anniversary Places Spotlight on Ebola

David Bull | Posted 20.11.2014 | UK
David Bull

In every region of the world, the Convention on the Rights of the Child has inspired changes in laws to better protect children, altered the way international organisations see their work for children, and transformed the way children are able to participate in their communities and societies. Today, children across the UK and the world are celebrating this momentous day.

For Syrian Children, the Harsh Winter Brings More Woes

Kumar Tiku | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK
Kumar Tiku

"We really need help to stay warm this winter," says Ibrahim* (10) who lives with his family in an Aleppo shelter after they were displaced from their home in Aleppo city by the ongoing conflict in Syria.

This Five-Year-Old Is Almost As Popular As Cameron Diaz On Instagram. How?

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

On the face of it, Breanna Youn looks like any other cute five-year-old. But the reality is, the half-Korean and half-Filipino youngster is actual...

Four Ways to Accidentally Rock at Children's Parties

Natasha Batsford | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I don't often get called effortless: In fact in a stand up contest with a one legged emu I reckon I would still come off looking more awkward. It's a natural gift of mine, my hair is never tidy, my clothes are always creased and I never, ever look like I have my shit together. This is especially true of birthday parties...

The Hidden Impacts of Ebola

Bella Mosselmans | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Bella Mosselmans

It is vitally important that Ebola in West Africa and its hidden impacts receive the attention they need.

Early Help for Children Is Crucial to Emotional Wellbeing

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 17.11.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

Emotional wellbeing is fundamental to every stage of a child's life - from starting school to entering adulthood - but a shocking number of young people are suffering from mental health problems and not receiving support to fulfil their potential. Action for Children recently conducted research revealing no signs of improvement for these children, with 91% of professionals working with vulnerable young people in our services seeing levels of mental health problems either rising or staying the same over the past year.

The Secret of Successful Shouting

Natasha Batsford | Posted 13.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Batsford

I've spent the last few years trying to work out how other parents managed to maintain houses oozing with monastic calm while mine more closely resembled a herd of gorilla at full chat. I was caught up in the irony of a peaceful parenting movement telling me to respect my child while also damning them for not being peaceful enough.

Anti-Bullying Month: Learning Resilience

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

November is anti-bullying month: with a rise in press campaigns and awareness around bullying, what is available to parents to support their bullied children, or to prevent their children becoming bullied?

15 Of The Best Children's Christmas Pressies

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Parents: if you're feeling overwhelmed by the thousands of toys your department store catalogue has to offer this Christmas, you've certainly come to ...

How to Name a Baby

Robbie Knox | Posted 06.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Robbie Knox

There are few things in life that gives the average person more power than naming a baby. You get to choose what a human being is called forever (or until they turn 16 and can change it by deed poll).

Every Child Deserves a Loving Family

Javed Khan | Posted 02.11.2014 | UK
Javed Khan

This week is National Adoption Week (3-9 November) and this year the focus is on finding new parents for groups of brothers and sisters. According to research carried out by the British Association of Adoption and Fostering around half of the 6,000 children in the UK currently waiting to be adopted are in sibling groups.

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'...