UK Children

Scotland's Children's Bill Paves Way for Childcare Transformation

Aileen Campbell | Posted 02.05.2014 | UK Politics
Aileen Campbell

Last month Scotland took a big step towards a shared ambition to make our country among the best in the world to grow up. The Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill is a landmark piece of legislation to deliver greater support for children and families through a range of measures, including improvements to how we help our most vulnerable young people in care.

Why Iain Duncan Smith and George Osborne Are Wrong on Child Poverty

Alison Garnham | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

Child poverty costs this country £29billion a year, and will rise to £35billion by 2020 if the projections prove accurate. Other countries are doing far better on the existing - internationally recognised - measures. It's not the child poverty targets that are 'discredited', but the government's approach to meeting them.

Are You a Smoaster?

Steph Weller | Posted 30.04.2014 | UK Tech
Steph Weller

I've certainly been guilty of sharing and Smoasting, especially the F***-Off Boasting About Your Child posts: when our 19-month-old completely surprised us by counting to 10, I was bursting with pride and wanted to shout it from every rooftop but I stopped myself. Because, actually, do I really need 40 likes to affirm that our son is as bright as a button?

New Child Poverty Strategy Is Last Chance for Coalition to Show It's Serious About Ending Child Poverty

Alison Garnham | Posted 27.04.2014 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

This week's Child Poverty Strategy will set the course for the next three years - taking us halfway to the target date. There is no silver bullet for ending child poverty, and the strategy needs to work on a number of fronts.

How Are Family Structures Affecting Our Children?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 23.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Experience shows that frequent change of partners without deeper commitment and a meaningful responsibility towards each other is one of the main reasons for an increasing number of 'problem children' in many developed countries. They cost us educationally, socially and economically. This is a big worry for social scientists, educationalists and many parents.

The Use of Social Media in Celebrating an Autistic Child's Birthday

Jo Worgan | Posted 20.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

I know Tom is not yet 6 but he has only ever been invited to one birthday party and we have never held one for him. This may change as he gets older and I always feel guilty about this although it is irrational. We do celebrate in other ways though, last year we went to his favourite farm. I am not sure where we will go this year, maybe the farm again.

Connectedness, Belonging and Children's Homes to 21

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

What matters is providing connectedness and belonging for a group of young people through appropriate, sustainable accommodation options. We need to focus our knowledge and experience.

Why I Support Ambitious About Autism's 'Ruled Out' Campaign

Jo Worgan | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Worgan

Things have to change. Autism now accounts for one child in every 88; these children cannot be forgotten or be made to fit into an antiquated system. The entire education system needs to change to meet these growing needs.

Smoking With Fury, Smoking With Ignorance

Jane Sparrow | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK Politics
Jane Sparrow

The 'debate' this week in Parliament regarding smoking in cars with child passengers had me hanging my head in disbelief. We are talking about an activity that puts more than 4,000 chemicals into the air, a number of which are known to cause cancer. Why are we debating it at all... and why are people in our government still opposing it?

Safer Internet Day

David Emm | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Protecting children from cyber-bullies is especially challenging with smartphones as they can be targeted in so many ways, especially out of view of their parents.

What Makes a Homophobe? Ireland's Debate Goes Global

Peter McGuire | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK
Peter McGuire

Those who devote their energies to stopping same-sex marriage may very well be motivated by a genuine, albeit misplaced, fear over child welfare. If child welfare really is such a concern, perhaps they should review the evidence and direct just a fraction of their energy towards creating a more equal society...

Thousands Benefit in Areha and Muhambel, Syria, as UN Supply Convoy Reaches Families in Areas Ravaged by Intense Fighting

Michele Al Kaae | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK
Michele Al Kaae

Last week, I was part of a UN inter-agency convoy that brought much-needed emergency supplies to the Areha district, including for nearby Muhambel town. It has been months since humanitarian assistance has been able to get through. Even now that the fighting has stopped in this area, the 22-truck convoy had to take a circuitous route to avoid active hot areas.

140 Million Girls and Women with Mutilated Genitals

Davinder Kumar | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Davinder Kumar

FGM needs to be put on political centre stage. It needs the hashtags, the likes, the virals to bring the silent suffering of millions out in public discourse. Until such time 140 million girls and women will continue to be told that their genitals have been cut and mutilated to make them "clean" and "beautiful".

Time To Talk: Why Young People Need More Conversations Around Mental Health

Rachel Egan | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

Mental health is an area where we are massively failing our children. Anxiety and depression rates are higher than ever before, 1 in 12 young people self -harm and 3 children in every classroom around the UK has a diagnosable mental health condition.

Society Is Failing Children Who Are Forced to Leave Care Too Soon

Jacob Tas | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Today is a momentous day for children in foster care in England. The Government is bringing in a new law that will give young people the chance stay with their foster parents until their 21st birthday, so they aren't forced to leave as early as 16.

The Benefits of Bedtime Prayers (Even for Non-Believers)

Sandi Mann | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Historically bedtime prayers were part of every child's night time routine. Hot bath, and brushed teeth would be followed by a cosy story and a traditional bedtime prayer. The classic (and Christian) bedtime prayer for children was actually rather sobering.

Adorable Four-Year-Old Jackson Left In Floods Of Tears

The Huffington Post | Elliot Wagland | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

An Adorable four-year-old was left in floods of tears after hearing “Say Something” by A Great Big World (feat. Christina Aguilera), as he's drivi...

This Video Nails The Perks Of Not Having Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you're constantly bugged by other people about when you're going to have kids, or you're panicking about meeting Mr Right in order to have babies, ...

Teaching Sex In Primary Schools

Jack Fletcher | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jack Fletcher

It doesn't happen. Sex and relationship education (SRE) that is taught in primary schools (ages 4-11) is point blank not about teaching young children how to have sex. It is about giving age-appropriate information that is evidence-based on the issues that SRE encompasses.

Changing the World With Data

David Bull | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK
David Bull

Twenty five years ago the world made a promise to children - a promise enshrined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We promised every child the right to survive and be healthy, the right to an education and the right never to be subjected to violence. Through the use of data, we can tell where and how far those promises are, and are not, being kept and identify what more needs to be done to fulfil them.

Protecting Children Online - Is There a Silver Bullet?

Jacob Tas | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Discussions about online filters focus on the privacy and civil liberties of adults. In the child protection sector, however, we are not losing sight of the fact that while these optional household filters are far from a silver bullet for keeping children safe online, they certainly help.

Tackling the Menace of Hate and Extremism in our Schools

Yousef Dar | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Yousef Dar

Ample coverage has been afforded to so called Islamist extremism fuelled by a few individuals, media and some politicians. Racism and Islamophobia continue to exist and yet very little is done about this menace. Some politicians have advocated that this is no longer a problem. Others have used the argument that legislation is in place to deal with Racism, hence we need to move on.

Eating Disorders in Children and Teenagers Are Soaring, But Is the Internet Really to Blame?

Sam Thomas | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The dangers of the internet may be largely understood but due to the lack of evidence, it's a questionable claim to suggest that social media sites are the so called 'cause?' Instead of trying to point the finger it's better to focus our attention on understanding why young sufferers are developing eating disorders in the first place.

Why Has It Taken This Long for Dads to Be Noticed?

Molly McGreevy | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Molly McGreevy

According a web survey by insurance company Aviva, 18% of couples split childcare responsibilities evenly, with 6% of men now the primary carer of their child. Pushing the figure from 6,000 in 2000 to 600,000 in 2010. And in a less scientific survey done by myself sat in the window of my front room at 3:30pm, more and more Dads are at the school gates.

Putting People, Not Process, First for Families

Anne Longfield | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Anne Longfield

The Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said on 22nd January that parents and families should take more responsibility for their own lives. It's a view I share. 4Children's own Family Commission told us that families, even very vulnerable families, want to be seen as part of the solution, not part of the problem.