UK Children

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.

Free School Lunches Are Important

Danielle Lowe | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Lowe

The simple reality is, school lunches being free to students in need are a life saver, help students to grow and achieve what they need. However they are not the most healthy or most reasonably priced things out there.

Break Down the Barriers Blocking Disadvantages Families' Access to Children's Centres

Matthew Reed | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

The early years of every child's life are crucial to their development. That is why The Children's Society runs a network of children's centres across the country which provide support to families with children up to five years old.

The Bear Is Back!

David Ramsden | Posted 12.11.2013 | UK
David Ramsden

Last week marked the official launch of BBC Children in Need's Appeal and the Charity is getting geared up for another fantastic year. The launch featured Sir Terry Wogan, Matt Baker, Gary Barlow, Nick Grimshaw, Alex Jones, JLS and Union J who have given their time and talent to kick-start our campaign and inspire thousands of people to get involved. Being part of Appeal every autumn is an amazing experience as people come together to have fun with the simple aim of giving children across the UK a better childhood. The need for our funding is real and urgent, importantly our ability to make a difference is all down to the incredible generosity, imagination and commitment of our supporters.

Scared of the School Gate?

Anita Naik | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Anita Naik

As you take it all in I've no doubt that, like me, you'll wish you could run to the nearest coffee shop and hide from these parents who you just don't want to know. But here comes the next's time to make friends.

Read This and Your Children Will Thank You

Dr William Bird MBE | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dr William Bird MBE

You don't have to be the right weight to be healthy. It is perfectly okay to be overweight, as long as you are active and fit. This may sound like a bold and shocking statement but research shows that far more people die of inactivity than obesity.

Is Having a Child the Next Logical Step?

Brett Harding | Posted 10.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Brett Harding

There are many reasons for having a child, but how do you know if having a child is the right step for you? There are a lot of different factors that you take into account before considering a child, but at the end of the day it's a very personal decision.

Telling Women To Have Babies Before 35 Will Only Create 'Panic'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

A top expert on reproductive ageing has said that women need to face up to the facts of biology and have babies before the age of 35. For a lot of...

PHOTOS: Syrian Children Handle Weapons Like Toys

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK

Syria's children have already borne the brunt of the conflict, with reports of torture, child soldiers and others embarking on "death journeys" to esc...

Reflections on a Student-Led Summer Camp in London's Poorest Borough

Adam Seldon | Posted 05.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Seldon

Hayley came to me last autumn with the idea of setting up a summer camp for children from deprived backgrounds. I nodded enthusiastically at her proposal but was frankly sceptical. Jess, co-founder of the camp, points out that students are eager to hatch lofty plans whilst nursing a drink but less inclined to see them through...

Was ITV Daybreak's Stranger Danger Experiment Groundbreaking Or Scaremongering?

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK

A chilling TV experiment has shown just how easy it is for a child to be lured away by a stranger. The ITV Daybreak investigation saw a handful of ...

Children and Youth in West Africa Mobilise Against Violence

Davinder Kumar | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK
Davinder Kumar

From the arid landscape of Mali to the tropical rainforests of Cameroon, they have travelled thousands of miles and traversed 13 countries in West and Central Africa between them to find out what governments and world institutions are doing to protect children and young people from violence....

Back To School: A Parent's Guide to the Playground

Leigh Clark | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Clark

I hate school. I'm 37 years old but have to go to school twice a day to take/collect my children. The playground contains my two least favourite things in the world en masse; parents and other people's children. 

Stand Up Straight, Tuck Your Shirt In and Try Not to Cry...

Carey Ann Dodah | Posted 01.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carey Ann Dodah

The first day at school is one of the most memorable times in your life - for both child and parent - but it doesn't need to be the harrowing and heart-wrenching moment that you may expect it to be.

Children, Tools and Screen-Time - It's Never The Knife That Stabs

Kester Brewin | Posted 29.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kester Brewin

Once again the news is full of warnings about the dangers of children spending too much time on screens. New research by Public Health England suggests that greater amounts of screen-time correlates with increased potential for depression and anxiety in young people and was responsible for limiting a child's opportunity for social interaction and physical activity.

One In 14 Schoolchildren Don't Know Cheese Is A Dairy Product

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

One in 14 schoolchildren do not realise cheese is a dairy product, while a third are unaware fruit and vegetables contain vitamins, new research has s...

Third-World Britain: Are We Sleepwalking Into A Social Apartheid?

The Huffington Post UK/ PA | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK

Children are facing a harsh dystopian-like future where the rich and poor "live in separate, parallel worlds," experts have chillingly stated. A ne...

Would You Pay An Extra £9 Not To Sit Next To A Screaming Child On A Flight? (Yes, Yes & Thrice Yes!)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 27.10.2013 | UK

It's hell on earth - or at least in the sky. Yes, we're referring to those interminable flights blighted by the constant screaming of a baby or ch...

A Refugee Child Who Has Touched My Heart

Sybella Wilkes | Posted 25.10.2013 | UK
Sybella Wilkes

For over two years, many of these children have had their lives interrupted and have often had to miss school for long periods of time. Many have escaped horrors no child should witness.... Despite all they have been through, these resilient children have inspired so many around them. These photos portray some of the many children who have touched the hearts of UNHCR staff.

Headteacher Forced Children To Kneel Before Him

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Kneeling before royalty is a little twee, but most Britons assent when in the presence of Her Majesty or a member of her extended clan. In the US,...

It's Time to Fight the Parent Trap

Travelzoo UK | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Travelzoo UK

The way I see it, parents are being corralled into extortionate holiday prices - they can't take their children out of school and summer family deals are few and far between - it's something I call the Parent Trap.

Children Are the Future (Of the Fringe)

Juliette Burton | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Comedy
Juliette Burton

Children are brilliant aren't they? They smile for no reason, dance in the street, cuddle strangers (even when advised otherwise), they say what they mean and they dream big. Children are a big deal at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Comedy for children and children's theatre seem to be doing fantastically well.

Is Society Pushing Motherhood Out?

Shohana Khan | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shohana Khan

Motherhood has always been an undying role in every society, crucial for the future of the human race. The question we need to ask ourselves today is,...

Private Parts: A Male Take on the Jennifer Aniston Baby Banter

Simon Thompson | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK Entertainment
Simon Thompson

As much as I'm sure we'd all like to know, ultimately, it's none of our business. When we get down the nitty-gritty, and if we're really honest with ourselves, we're just being nosey... even if we're being well-meaning. Jennifer's a lovely woman, I'm sure she'd make a great mum but... it's also, ultimately, still none of our damn business.