UK Children

What Makes a Dog Maul a Child?

Louise Glazebrook | Posted 21.12.2013 | UK
Louise Glazebrook

When a dog attacks, it's very easy to play the blame game, but it's not always that simple. Any dog can attack when forced into a situation where they feel threatened or scared. But a lot of the times these attacks take place, they follow a pattern.

Educating Bobby... Where Next?

Jeff Brazier | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

My eldest son Bobby is somehow on the verge of becoming of senior school age, so for me, today was spent on one of many tours of schools to work out exactly what our options are and where I would like to end up spending the next five years driving to and from twice a day in the name of my child's education.

Failing Child Poverty Strategy Needs Revamp

Alison Garnham | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK
Alison Garnham

We have waited a long time for it, so it's good to see the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission publish its first progress report today. Mandated to assess how the government is doing in reducing child poverty and increasing social mobility, the report aims to provide a 'state of the nation' account of how the UK fairs.

The Four Pillars of a Healthy and Happy Child's Life

Chris Mayhew | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Mayhew

Any parent will know that their child needs a balance of a number of things in order to develop into a healthy and happy person, but as figures regarding child obesity are becoming more and more alarming; are we neglecting these important life pillars?

The Outlook for Disabled Children in Romania

James Thornberry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Thornberry

Just over twenty years ago the world was horrified by the images that emerged from Romania of emaciated disabled children and orphans living in horri...

Foreign Language Learning in Babies and Toddlers Boosts Academic Results.

Jasmine Dotiwala | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Jasmine Dotiwala

On all my travels I note that children globally can speak up to four languages as their norm. Why are the UK's youth the worst at wanting to and being able to speak not only good English, but any other language?

LOOK: 'Reasons My Kid Is Crying' Book Makes For Good Contraception

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 16.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle

In a week that saw us receive a brilliant book on dog shaming, we also got Reasons My Kid Is Crying - a spin-off book from the popular Tumblr by Greg ...

Do We Need to Change the Way We Educate Our Children?

Endeavour Press | Posted 13.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Endeavour Press

All of us want our children to live happy and fulfilled lives. To that end we do everything possible to make it happen. We get them great pre-school care, fight or pay for places at the best schools we can find, drive them to sports matches, badger them about homework, applaud loudly at school concerts, and help them apply for good university places.

Government Must Do More to Protect Children in Care

Tom Rahilly | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Tom Rahilly

With awareness of child sexual exploitation never higher, not a week now seems to go by without a court case or investigation in the news. Thankfully more and more offenders are being caught and punished. ..

Re-Introducing Children Into the Wild

David Bond | Posted 14.12.2013 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

All the science shows that getting outdoors is hugely beneficial to children and young people. It improves their health, reduces stress and boosts wellbeing. Just the view of greenery from an exam hall window helps students achieve better grades.

Overweight Kids Need to Be Told They Are Fat

Katie Hopkins | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katie Hopkins

If you have fed your child into obesity - you are failing your child. If you think not talking about it will make it go away - you are wrong. You need to get your head out of the sand and your kid's head out of the food cupboard.

Read Aloud and Proud

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carey Ann Dodah

By encouraging your child to love reading, you are inviting them into worlds far, far away from their own. You are helping them build on their imagination and feel empathy and antipathy - as they put themselves into the shoes of the characters they begin to love - and dislike.

Why Many Girls in India Simply Don't Survive...

Peter Byass | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Peter Byass

Child survival rates are a major global concern, not least because of the targets set by Millennium Development Goal 4, to reduce under-5 deaths by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015.

Day of the Girl: Why Defeating Malaria Is About More Than Just Saving Lives

James Whiting | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
James Whiting

Friday is the Day of the Girl - a moment to recognise that children, especially girls, despite their own enormous determination, often face insurmountable challenges to fulfilling their potential. They face wholly undeserved social, cultural and economic barriers. Although there are more obvious girl-specific barriers, in much of Africa malaria is one of the greatest single obstacles to the fulfilment of a girl's potential - and one of the cheapest to remedy. Not only is it one of the biggest killers of children under five (around half a million children a year in Africa), but for those who survive the bout of malaria, it can be recurrently debilitating for years afterwards.

Ban Smacking of Children... Now

Lindsay Whittle | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Lindsay Whittle

I hope fellow Assembly Members will ensure that legislation is introduced speedily - and not allowed to drift while more young people are victims of physical assault. It is never acceptable to impose violence on children and it's time we acted to stop it.

Syria: We Must Turn UN Security Council Words Into Action

Cat Carter | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Cat Carter

A year ago, almost to the day, I visited a refugee settlement on the Syria border, and it changed everything for me... Nothing prepared me for what I found a year ago. Instead of a population in need of aid, I found families outraged by the international silence surrounding the brutality of the conflict they had fled.

The Education Emergency Facing Syria's Children

David Bull | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
David Bull

When we think of a humanitarian emergency, we don't necessarily think first of education. We think of immediate, life-saving needs, like clean water, health care and shelter. Of course, in Syria and across the region, these supplies and services are absolutely vital for children and families living with the daily consequences of conflict and displacement. However, learning is just as urgent. Almost two million Syrian children have been forced to drop out of school over the past year. For refugee children, being in school offers a safe space to remember that they are children, to feel hope for the future, to play and to begin the process of healing the emotional damage of all they have experienced.

Who Cares About Nature?

David Bond | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
David Bond

A generation that grows up completely disconnected from and bored by nature will find themselves reconnected the hard way, by rising sea levels, heatwaves and droughts. Please take children outside.

Shocking Percentage Of Children Are Victims Of Online Bullying

Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 02.10.2013 | UK Tech

A shocking number of children are victims of online bullying, according to a new survey. The report, published by national anti-bullying charity Di...

Technology Is No Substitute for Traditional Child's Play

Dr Miriam Stoppard | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Miriam Stoppard

As technology is synonymous with progress, we find it creeping into all aspects of parenting and interaction with children, even playtime. We've all seen young children playing with iPads, smart phones and tablets whilst their parents do other things...

Children With Disabilities Facing Widespread Abuse in West Africa

Davinder Kumar | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

It is imperative that post-Millennium Development Goals, currently being negotiated, do not overlook the plight of the disabled people and children. It is time for concrete action to ensure that particularly children with disabilities have access to education, protection from violence and abuse; and opportunity to have their voices heard. This is not just a development agenda it is also a human rights issue.

The Street Children of Belgrade and the Universal Search for Peace

Toby Brundin | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK
Toby Brundin

The past three months of my life have been engaged in managing and shaping a fascinating project called films4peace, which reaches its fruition this weekend on the UN's International Day of Peace on 21 September. It's an unusual beast: the brainchild of the highly creative South African curator and art historian Mark Coetzee...

Child Deaths: We Must Look at Disparities Within Countries Too

Sarah K Edwards | Posted 19.11.2013 | UK
Sarah K Edwards

If health information was broken down by ethnicity, action could be taken to target resources in the areas that need them most, and importantly, we would uncover the underlying causes of health inequality.

UN Mission Assesses Humanitarian Needs in Syria's Dara'a City

Mohamad Kanawati | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK
Mohamad Kanawati

I was part of a Unicef team that joined with five other UN agencies on a recent humanitarian assessment mission to Syria's south. The aim was to assess the situation in Dara'a, deliver emergency supplies, and meet with partner agencies.

Are Child Free Flights the Answer for Grumpy Travellers?

Emma Rose Black | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Rose Black

We've all been there. Found ourselves stuck on a plane for x hours with a screaming baby nearby. It's not nice, in fact, it's downright unpleasant...but it happens.