UK Children

Out of the Refugee Camp, But Out of School Too

Wendy Bruere | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Wendy Bruere

Hadija, 12, and her younger siblings are fast becoming part of Syria's lost generation. Hadija has been out of school for over a year and has forgotten how to read. When I asked her if she could read, she said yes. But when she looked at the words on the back of a bottle, she realized she could no longer make out the letters.

Breastfeeding Helps Children 'Climb Up Social Ladder', Study Suggests

PA | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Breastfed children are more likely to climb up the social ladder than their friends who are not, research suggests. The study suggests that those b...

The Schools That Do Less to Help Poorer Children

Bob Morgan | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

If you are a child born into a poor family in the UK you are less likely to do well at school, less likely to do well in life and ultimately die at a younger age. This is grossly unfair but true for thousands of our young people.

WATCH: Chinese Girl Rescued After Getting Head Stuck In Window Security Bars

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK

An eight-year-old girl in China had to be rescued after getting her head stuck between security bars on a window six floors up a residential building....

STEP UP for Residential Child Care - Specialism, Safety and Choice

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

As the main body for independent and voluntary providers, the Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) is as anxious as everyone else to increase standards and the quality of safeguarding in children's homes. ICHA membership means abiding by our code of practice.

Is Trash Media Responsible for a Lack of Positive Role Models?

Tania Sullivan | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tania Sullivan

We do need to be careful about what our children are exposed to. No, we cannot protect them from everything all the time but we do need to be aware of what they see because children are sponges and they soak it all in - the good and the bad. Unfortunately, good role models and positive influences in modern media are rare.

When Kate and I were BFF's - My Soulful Momma Advice to Catherine Duchess of Cambridge

Alice Grist | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

Last night I dreamt that Kate Middleton was my next door neighbour and that she and Wills had their baby. It was a boy in case you were wondering, and...

I'm Not Just a Dad, I'm a Dad

Adrian Millar | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

I'm not just a dad. I'm a dad. I change the world, like all dads and mums. The Obamas know that. And so does Neven. Do you? I hope so.

Peppa Pig Page In A Pickle Over Problematic Post

Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2013 | UK

The official Peppa Pig Facebook page has been hacked, posting a status ending with the words "go to hell, bitch." The update, a screenshot of a mob...

The New Anti-Social Behaviour Bill Risks Criminalising Children for Being Children

Matthew Reed | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

While there are some elements in the new bill that would improve how anti-social behaviour is tackled, The Children's Society is very disappointed that the government has in fact worsened anti-social behaviour measures for children. We fear that the measures could seriously affect the way children go about living their everyday lives.

Sex Education Should Cover the Sex Industry

Alice Rigby | Posted 18.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

Sex is often an instigating element of relationships and the pressure from peers to engage is outstanding. The psychological damage caused by the influence of sexual relationships founded without understanding their emotional implications can be monumental and, more importantly, can alter a teenager's interpretation of a healthy relationship forever.

Internet Porn - Are We Being Conned?

Grant Feller | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Tech
Grant Feller

The Government is clearing an entire hour and a half to listen to representations from Google, Yahoo, MSN, domestic charities, childcare groups, various interested parties as well as Maria Miller, the culture secretary, and then it will make a decision. But a decision on what? Are we being conned here?

The Non Nuclear Family: Two Mums

A.J. Higginson | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
A.J. Higginson

By raising our future generation with early teaching about diversity, sexuality and tolerance in an open, caring and honest environment, we can create a society of emotionally intelligent children. Family, in my opinion, is defined by love not blood.

One Million Children in the UK are Denied the Right of a Father - Are we Going to Question, Why?

Shohana Khan | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shohana Khan

One million children going without an adequate education would be unacceptable and a cause for considerable public anger to be directed towards the Government... But one million fathers are absent from the lives of their children. The presence and influence of a father is of far greater importance than a school teacher.

6 Tips for Dealing with Grumpy Grandkids

Margaret Manning | Posted 14.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Margaret Manning

Grandparents are often more patient and forgiving with their grandchildren than the grandchildren's own parents. This is often the result of having a better perspective and longer experience in raising young ones.

Children, Courts and an Unwanted Record

Vicki McLynn | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki McLynn

The break up of every domestic relationship has consequences of one sort or another. Many adults find it possible to get over the distress and get on with the rest of their lives. The involvement of children, however, increases the potential for complications, as both parents try to do what they believe is right for the well-being of their sons or daughters.

Our Kids Could Learn A Lot From Ricky Gervais

Holly Seddon | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Holly Seddon

Gervais explained: "Scientific studies of creativity have basically concluded that it can't be taught, as it is a 'facility' rather than a learned skill. Putting it very crudely, creativity is the ability to play. And, to be able to turn that facility on and off when necessary. This makes perfect sense to me.

Tents Further Than the Eye Can See

Nigel Chapman | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Some 280 kilometres North West from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou lies Goudebo camp in the Sahel region, home to over 10,000 refugees who fled the conflict over the border in Mali last year.

More Than A Third Of Mothers Have Favourite Child

PA | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

More than a third of mothers secretly have a favourite child, according to a parenting survey. Thirty-four per cent of mothers and 28% of fathers a...

The Traditional Family Is Irrelevant Because It Doesn't Exist

Alice Rigby | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Alice Rigby

What hasn't been discussed though, probably partly because it seems so obvious, is the social structure that is a family. Advocates of 'traditional' marriage have rolled out their favourite phrase, the 'traditional' family, without acknowledging one simple fact; there isn't such a thing.

Food, Fatherhood and Fragility: A Call For Government Action

Gavin Crowden | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK
Gavin Crowden

On 8 June the UK government is hosting a hunger summit Nutrition for Growth in London, bringing together the great and good from around the world. This is an extraordinary opportunity to put the world's focus on tackling child hunger - one which children now and in the future cannot afford for us to miss.

We Are Not Afraid: The Tech Questions Parents Really Ask

Holly Seddon | Posted 05.08.2013 | UK Tech
Holly Seddon

There is a perceived culture of fear when it comes to parents letting their precious offspring bounce around the Wild West of the internet and our Tomorrow's World of technology. But we've found that the reality is very different.

Excessive Screen Use, A 'First World' Problem?

Stephen Carrick-Davies | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Stephen Carrick-Davies

This week a friend of mine and I launch a simple initiative called Screen Less Week, a resource for schools to help children and families recalibrate their reliance on screens, if only for one week.

The Five Worst Things A Woman Can Do

Catherine Balavage | Posted 06.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Balavage

People can be their own worst enemies sometimes, and women are no exception. In fact, I believe women can be very hard on themselves. So I have made a list of the top five worst things a woman can do to damage her life.

Clegg Blocks Tory Childcare Reform To Let Childminders Watch More Children

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.06.2013 | UK Politics

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has blocked Tory plans to allow nursery staff and childminders to look after more youngsters. Loosening the rules ...