UK Children

Moving Forwards on Domestic Violence: A New Focus on Children

Gerri McAndrew | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gerri McAndrew

The 'safety net' that has been a feature of our welfare system since the 1940s is being quietly dismantled with virtually no public debate because many of those that need this safety net most - like women affected by domestic violence - are almost entirely absent from any discussion in the media

With Such High Child Death Rates We Need to Stop Closing Sure Start Centres

Bob Morgan | Posted 04.07.2014 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

About 6,000 UK children and young people die every year. Around two-thirds of these are aged under-five, and the majority are under the age of one. The UK has one of the worst records in Europe for deaths in this age group. The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health recently launched a report about these deaths rates and concluded that the risk of such deaths was highest amongst the poorest families in the Country.Research indicates that the differences in life outcomes for children born into the poorest families are far worse than those born into the wealthiest families in the UK.

Ten Things You Need to Know Before You Have Kids When You Are Living Together

Suzi Godson | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Suzi Godson

Cohabiting couples split up much more frequently than married couples. After just five years, 49% of cohabiting couples have split, compared to 20% of married couples. After 10 years, 62% of cohabiting relationships are over...

Mothers: Held Accountable Since 1550

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 01.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

It used to be discipline that parents were encouraged to compete on. Whose child could sit at the table longest, who could rock the naughty step concept with most conviction. Now it's craft. Craft, craft, craft. And I suck at it.

Pupils With Weapons Should Not Induce Moral Panic

The Conversation UK | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

It is too soon and the incident so inexplicable to gauge what the longer-term reaction will be. But it must not create a moral panic. Commentators are already making links with a report from Sky News last week which has done just that.

Could Schools Do More to Encourage Physical Activity?

Dr Adam Carey | Posted 28.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Dr Adam Carey

From early childhood education, right through to Secondary school, teachers are under pressure to drill reading, writing, and math deep into their students' brains -- and there are only so many hours in the school day. What is often forgotten is teaching the importance of physical activity and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Motherhood: Not the World's Toughest Job

Kiran Chug | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

I'm a mother of two, and it's isn't hell. It's hard, yes; it's tough some days, yes, it's exhausting, often thankless, confusing, difficult, frustrating - it's all of these things. But it's not the toughest job in the world.

Adorable Video Alert: Excited Babies Welcome Home Their Dads

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

If you don't want to turn into a broody, snivelling mess, look away now. This video will melt your heart. Whether you're a parent or not, there are...

An Ode to Children's Books

Sara Sheridan | Posted 16.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sara Sheridan

In reading to my daughter when she was younger it became apparent that modern children's writing differs from the classics of my own childhood. Heidi and the Secret Garden might propel me back to the comforts of childhood, but for her fiction from the pre-TV era grated because the prose felt too descriptive.

Confronting the 'Witch-Hunter'

Chris Rooney | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK
Chris Rooney

The evangelical movement has exploded across London with charismatic preachers offering their flock material success in this world as well as redemption in the next.

The Dutch Kid Who Tweeted American Airlines Was Just That - A Kid

Clare Finney | Posted 15.06.2014 | UK Tech
Clare Finney

The girl tweeted. She typed 140 characters - and while it's true battles have been lost and careers destroyed in so many characters, the day we lose sight what a tweet actually consists of is a sad and scary one indeed.

Three Simple Rules for Easy Parenting

Karen Pine | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Pine

Research shows that adults who can delay gratification and regulate their behaviour are more likely to be high achievers. They're also the savers with long-term plans, quietly gloating over the live-it-up splurgers.

Focusing on Hard-to-Reach Children for Polio Vaccination Campaign in Syria

Razan Rashidi | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK
Razan Rashidi

More than six months after confirmation of the first polio case in Syria, Unicef continues to support efforts to tackle the outbreak in all parts of the country. The April nationwide polio round which started this week aims to reach 2.8million children across Syria with a special focus on hard-to-reach children in conflict zones and besieged areas...

Peaches: The Troubled IT Girl Who Turned Her Life Around

Sarah Tetteh | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Entertainment
Sarah Tetteh

As I woke up at 4am to do a nappy change last night, grappling with the darn thing half asleep myself and trying not to wake the sleeping baby, it suddenly dawned on me... Who would be doing this for Peaches Geldof's two boys now she has gone, and how on earth was their father Tom Cohen going to cope?

Values and Principles, Roles and Tasks for Residential Child Care in Today's England

Jonathan Stanley | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK Politics
Jonathan Stanley

Public care should offer children the same as that we would wish for all children. What we would wish for all children: an upbringing that makes sure they are loved, happy, healthy, safe from harm and fulfil their potential.

Combating the Sexual Exploitation of Children

Meg Munn | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

The appointment of the Children's Minister as the government lead for child sexual exploitation gives greater prominence to the issue, highlighting it as a national responsibility in England.

For Goodness Sake- Let Toys Be Toys

Jack Fletcher | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Jack Fletcher

Gender labelling is unnecessary and needs to be addressed. Society has many problems, but it is an accumulation of small but damaging concepts that need to change for the better.

Over the Last Decade, 17million More Children Are Learning in sub-Saharan

Pauline Rose | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK
Pauline Rose

It is troubling that the 9% decline in aid spending to basic education in low income countries between 2010 and 2011 has hit 19 of the poorest countries - Tanzania amongst them. Without donor support to education as promised in 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar, these countries will struggle to provide the quality of education that their children deserve.

Giving Children the Best Start in Life Needs More Than Schools

Jacob Tas | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Jacob Tas

Helping the most vulnerable children is a daunting and complex task, and there will be disagreements about how to do it. But to move forward we need to keep the child at the centre, build on the progress children's centres have made and use it to make sure all children get the best start in life, healthy and supported at home.

It's Time to Count the Costs of Child Sexual Abuse

Jon Brown | Posted 06.06.2014 | UK
Jon Brown

I think it is time to prioritise child abuse as a public health issue like heart disease, smoking and obesity. These diseases get a high profile in part because they have a cost, not only in human misery but also for the economy. The NSPCC is currently researching the economic costs to the UK of child sexual abuse and it is likely that it will be billions of pounds of year.

Creating a System that Puts the Welfare of Sexually Exploited Children at its Very Heart

Sarah Champion | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Champion

We all want children and young people to feel safe and loved as they grow up, surrounded by people they can trust at time of innocence. Sadly for some the reality is very different. Children who become the victims of sexual predators who groom them, coerce and exploit them are left emotionally and physically scarred for life by these horrific experiences. They need careful support to help them towards recovery, provided by organisations like Barnardo's. Just as importantly, we need to take steps to stop these terrible crimes before they happen, and bring perpetrators to justice.

Why Fitspiration Month Is Also About Our Children

Kiran Chug | Posted 01.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

Put simply, if we don't get out there with our kids, if we don't take them to the playground, take them swimming, take them for walks - do anything active that we enjoy - they won't want to do it when they are older. If we don't make being active a way of life, they won't be active later in life.

Emotional Abuse Cannot Be Ignored - and Now Children Have the Law on Their Side

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 31.05.2014 | UK
Sir Tony Hawkhead

At Action for Children, we have reached a huge milestone - following our three-year campaign and thanks to the Ministry of Justice, the legal definition of child cruelty will include emotional as well as physical harm. This new law will change lives. I've met children and young people who have suffered intolerable emotional abuse at the hands of people who are supposed to love them most.

Meet Poppet, The New Magazine Getting Little Girls Interested In Tech

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When it comes to technology, it really is still a man's world. Women make up 49% of the UK labour force but they account for just 17% of IT and te...

Make Her Day This Mother's Day

Kiran Chug | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kiran Chug

Forget the flowers, forget the perfume. Forget the gifts she doesn't need, forget the chocolate she'd rather not eat. Instead, this Mother's Day, tell her she's a good mum.