UK Children

Why We Must Work Alongside the UN So the Voices of Street Children Can Be Heard

Andrew Johnston | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK
Andrew Johnston

Many of us have seen children on the streets when we have been holidaying abroad. Out late seemingly with no place to go. They may be less noticeable here, in the towns and the cities of the UK, but the reality is that 100,000 children here run away from home each year...

The Welfare Cap Alone Won't Bring Down Spending

Helen Donohoe | Posted 19.03.2014 | UK Politics
Helen Donohoe

Whatever the merits of an overall cap on welfare spending and however it is going to work, it's clear that on its own it's not enough. This debate on welfare and poverty is taking the focus from where it is most needed - helping vulnerable children and their families.

Help, Don't Judge - An Alternative Budget

Jenny A Allen | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Jenny A Allen

What might be better than a marriage tax allowance? For a start, what about increased access to relationship counselling? Something which might actually help save a struggling relationship. Unlike the proposed marriage tax break which even David Cameron acknowledges won't stop anyone from getting a divorce.

When We Turn Kids Into Praise Junkies

Torsten Klaus | Posted 17.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Why on earth are we using rewards? Is it the way we were conditioned as children? Always dependent on praise and positive judgements from our parents, teachers, friends - and later on in life, partners and bosses. And what happens to us when we don't get that praise? How do we feel then?

Cars, Fags and Politicians - What a Drag!

Alan Jackson | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alan Jackson

My message to the politicians as a father and founder of an organisation dedicated to healthy lifestyle choices for all, is to put your personal agendas to one side and stop hiding behind the facade of personal choice and liberty and act now to protect those least able to protect themselves.

Fathers Need Longer Paternity Leave

Torsten Klaus | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Here is the contradiction: Society wants men to spend more time with their kids and families (believe me, at least once a week I get a comment like "Oh it's good to see daddy being in charge" when in public), but employers and government do next to nothing to support them. I believe we need some fundamental changes here...

Is Alcohol at Primary School Discos a Bar Too Far?

Debbie Bannigan | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Bannigan

She told me that it was their usual habit to include a licensed bar at the 'family disco' and that she had not received any other negative feedback about it. Bottom line...I was wrong and had been put firmly in my place.

Why Do Students Love Kids' TV and Film So Much?

Imogen Groome | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Groome

My question is: why do we enjoy watching kids' TV and film so much? The most obvious answer is that it's a form of escapism - when we tune into the simple lives of characters who encounter a problem and resolve it in a satisfying manner, we can pretend our lives are just as simple...

Making Children Pay for Their Healthcare Poses Significant Risks

Peter Grigg | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Grigg

We are calling on the government to rethink its proposals to ensure that all children and young people have access to free healthcare while they are in the UK when they need it, regardless of where they're from or who their parents are.

How Can Parents Get 'Screen Time' Right for Their Children?

Pete Low | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK Tech
Pete Low

"Screen time" is a term bandied around our house on a daily basis. "Is it screen time day daddy?" "Can we have screen time if we behave?" There's a lot of concern about the impact that screen time, and gaming in particular, is having on children today.

Let's Make Education a Reality for Every Girl and Woman

Pauline Rose | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

One of the rewards of helping to track global education over the past decade has been watching progress in getting more girls into school. But as we mark International Women's Day, I'm more conscious than ever that the glass is still not even half full: 31 million girls have never set foot inside a classroom, and half of them are unlikely ever to do so.

South Sudan: Give Peace (and Children) a Chance!

Unni Krishnan | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK
Unni Krishnan

In a group of 100 children, singing, playing and some crying, two girls stand out. Their names are Madiha, 9, and Lina, 4. It is not their unusual silence that catches my attention, but the way they frequently hug each other, often involuntarily...

Major Gaps in Childcare Are a Symptom of a System on the Wrong Track

Ellen Broomé | Posted 07.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ellen Broomé

If paying a sum similar to a monthly mortgage payment in childcare costs wasn't enough of a challenge for working parents with young children, finding childcare is itself a major hurdle.

Our Chance to Stop Sexual Violence Against Children in Conflict

Anita Tiessen | Posted 06.03.2014 | UK
Anita Tiessen

When I visited a refugee registration centre in Lebanon recently, I heard stories of young children who have been through shocking experiences. Syrian boys and girls have fled conflict, lost their homes and watched friends and family members being killed. And now these children are facing another threat - the often hidden horror of sexual violence.

Why the Running Community Is Right to Make Michael Gove Sweat

Gavin Megaw | Posted 03.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gavin Megaw

Michael Gove might not know it yet, but he is in for a fight on this issue. The running community are an impressive bunch; eternally positive, and as good endurance athletes always can, willing to sustain a campaign it believes in.

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

Aileen Campbell | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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 28.02.2014 | 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 28.02.2014 | 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 26.02.2014 | 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 21.02.2014 | 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 19.02.2014 | 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.