UK Children

Parents Don't Change The World - They Help Create It

Adrian Millar | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

"Clap, girls, clap!" I say to her sisters, knowing that a repeat performance is more likely tomorrow if they feign interest. They give her a rousing send-off and disappear back to Drake and Josh on the television.

What the Kids Are Watching: The Best of Toddler TV

Corinne Purtill | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Corinne Purtill

For the benefit of those without children or cable, here's a quick primer on what the kids are watching these days. (Kids under three years old, I mean. Not teenage 'kids'. I genuinely have no idea what they're doing. Just planking and sexting each other, as best I can tell.)

Youth Charities' Campaign to Challenge Misconception About Self-Harm

Sarah Brennan | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Brennan

The charities hope that the awareness campaign will get people talking and help to reduce the stigma attached to self-harming which prevents many young people from seeking help. You can follow the campaign on Twitter via #selfharm and find out more about the campaign on each of the charities websites.

Five-Year-Old Racks Up Huge Bill On Parents' iPad (VIDEO)

PA | Posted 01.03.2013 | UK

A five-year-old boy who racked up a £1,700 bill in just a few minutes on his parents' iPad has said he has learned his lesson. Danny Kitchen innoc...

Playing Action Video Games Could Help Dyslexic Children Improve Reading Skills

PA | Posted 28.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Allowing dyslexic children to play action video games can dramatically improve their reading skills, a study has shown. Twelve hours of gaming achi...

Amid Ongoing Conflict in Syria, Women Heads of Households Struggle to Support and Protect Their Children

Iman Morooka | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK
Iman Morooka

In collective shelters for displaced families, in quieter parts of the city, I witnessed grief over life that has been lost. I met families who have lost their belongings and a more dignified life. But I also saw resilience and a strong sense of community.

Childcare: Where's the Emergency?

Caroline Davey | Posted 29.04.2013 | UK Politics
Caroline Davey

The cost and shortage of childcare is harming our economy and our society. Parents who were once an active part of the workforce are giving up their jobs, childcare costs are overtaking mortgage payments, and women are being held back from senior positions in all industries.

Writing for Children Conference 2013, Wales

Rosaria Sgueglia | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rosaria Sgueglia

I still remember the first book I read and disliked. It was Alice in Wonderland; I found it boring. I also remember the first book I read, liked and ...

Children Abandoned and Betrayed by the Church and State

Bob Morgan | Posted 26.04.2013 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

How could virtually a whole society divest themselves of their moral responsibility for some of their most vulnerable citizens by handing over thousands of women and children to the Catholic Church to be kept in servitude in the Magdalene laundries? As we now know this happened in Ireland.

The Two Principles of Family Love: Change and Constancy

Adrian Millar | Posted 24.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

My wife and I went to see Titanic fourteen years ago. I lapped up every moment of it. Rose and Jack running along the decks of the ship hand in hand? ...

Children Learning Digitally From 2 1/4 Years of Age

Vicki Shotbolt | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Vicki Shotbolt

The age that young children start showing an interest in smartphones and tablets is just two and-a-quarter years old and two out of three parents surveyed said their technology-savvy pre-schoolers already have a favourite app.

UK's Child Poverty Black Spots Mapped Out

Enver Solomon | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Enver Solomon

The disparities across the country are vast. Poverty levels in constituencies such as Manchester Central and Poplar and Limehouse reach over 40 per cent; in contrast, the poverty rate in the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister's constituencies is under 10 per cent.

Bringing the Romance Back

Jeff Brazier | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

In a way I do envy those that are childless and about to embark on a relationship that will see them marry and have kids as the years progress. Single parents like us do the best they can for ourselves and for our kids - but the best time to get it right is before you've got it wrong, but some people need to get it wrong before they are ready to get it right!

UK's Child Mortality Performance Is Unacceptable

Enver Solomon | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Politics
Enver Solomon

One of the most shocking statistics relating to children in our country is the fact that five lives under the age of 14 would be saved each day if our record on child mortality was the best in Europe - that's the equivalent of 1600 avoidable child deaths a year; a truly startling figure.

Ending Child Poverty or Re-defining It?

Alison Garnham | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alison Garnham

There has been a great deal of misleading commentary about the Child Poverty Act framework in the last few months. First of all, many make the mistake of thinking there is only one target and the targets are only about income, but as anyone can read in sections one to seven of the Act, this is completely untrue.

Schoolchildren Calling Tag 'The Raping Game'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 16.02.2013 | UK

Boys as young as nine have been playing a tag game they call "the raping game" at a Brighton school, forcing the headmistress to intervene to ban the ...

Tackling Child Poverty

Enver Solomon | Posted 17.04.2013 | UK Politics
Enver Solomon

A key component in the mix of measures required to reduce child poverty is to make childcare more affordable to poorer families and thereby encourage more mothers into work. This is central to the approach of countries like Denmark, where 84 per cent of mothers are in employment, compared to just 67 per cent in the UK.

Mrs Philpott Had Abortion After Mick 'Watched Her Have Sex With Another Man'

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.02.2013 | UK

A father accused of killing his six children was overheard on the phone saying someone being interviewed by police was going to "drop us in it", a cou...

Technology for Good or Bad?

Dr Elizabeth Kilbey | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Tech
Dr Elizabeth Kilbey

We often hear that today's modern world is corrupting children and technology and media alike are having a negative impact on their lives. I guess this is understandable set against a backdrop of frequent internet horror stories. However, in my mind, technology is not corrupting in itself.

Mick Philpott Slept With Wife Then Mistress On Alternate Nights, Court Hears

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.02.2013 | UK

The former mistress of a man accused of killing his children in a house fire has told a court how she and his wife used to alternate the nights they w...

'A Plan That Went Horribly Wrong'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.02.2013 | UK

A couple accused of killing their six children in a house fire started the blaze as part of a "plan that went horribly wrong", a court has heard. M...

Why You Should Never Stop Believing You Can Have a Baby

BritChick Paris | Posted 13.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
BritChick Paris

I had always expected I would have kids. As a child you dress dollies and give them names. Mine were two girls, just like my sister and I. Charlotte and Helena. Then you start dating boyfriends and imagine what your children would look like. Then life happens. Career, divorce, loss of a parent, sadness.

Where Are the Champions for Young People With Higher Level Needs?

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Public money is needed in developing early intervention. It is predicated on saving money in the longer term. It needs to be made now.

Children of Syria: Witnessing Pockets of Hope in the Midst of Turmoil

Mark Choonoo | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK
Mark Choonoo

I walked around to see how children in Homs are living. In a convent that works with children, situated at the end of a line of fully standing buildings and right before the destruction and rubble begins, I was amazed to find children reading books, listening to teachers, drawing pictures and playing games. The drawings on the walls spoke of smiling faces, waving hands, laughter and messages about the need to forgive. A total contrast to the rubble outside that represents so many battered lives.

At Last, Children Whose Voices Are Rarely Heard Will Get the Attention They So Desperately Need

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 07.04.2013 | UK
Anne Marie Carrie

In these difficult times protecting and promoting the well-being of the most vulnerable children in society must be our absolute priority, now more than ever. The introduction of the Children and Families Bill couldn't have come at a better time - it is an eagerly awaited piece of legislation which is long overdue.