Childrens Society

Theresa May Must Listen to the Courts and Allow Asylum Seekers to Live in Dignity

Sarah Teather | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Politics
Sarah Teather

In our report, we found that systematic failures from successive governments had left many destitute, with levels of support inadequate to meet even basic living needs. As one mother told the panel, "I would buy one meal which I will share with my son. My son, is my priority, therefore I will provide his nutritional needs before my own and occasionally starving myself." The government said that they would take our findings into consideration, but I was extremely disappointed when, in June last year, the Home Office announced that they were freezing the support rates.

No Child Should Have to Grow Up in a Cold Home

Matthew Reed | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

The launch of Cold Homes Week this week is a harsh reminder that millions of children across the UK are growing up in cold homes. New figures reveal that over two million children in England are living in fuel poverty - an alarming 26% rise over last year.

A Crucial Step Forward for Runaway Children

Peter Grigg | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Grigg

After years of relentless campaigning by charities like ours, the government last week finally announced changes that will help keep the estimated 100,000 children that run away every year safe from harm and abuse.

Child Exploitation and Gangs: Our Teenagers Need Support

Matthew Reed | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK
Matthew Reed

The scale of sexual violence experienced by young women and girls, in particular those who have some association with gangs, is shocking. But what is particularly worrying is that many of the professionals tasked with keeping young people safe are repeatedly failing them.

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.

Jessica Elgot

Two Thirds Of Children In Poverty 'From Working Families'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK

A dramatic rise in children living in poverty-stricken working families has alarmed campaigners, with the government urged to take actions by charitie...

The Autumn Statement: The Squeeze for Families Is Here to Stay

Matthew Reed | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

There are 3.6million children living in poverty in the UK. Despite popular perceptions, most of them (58%) live in families where at least one parent works. Poverty is a very real issue for many low-income working families in the UK. One of the main difficulties families face right now is the cost of childcare. The only mention of childcare in the chancellor's statement was about preventing fraud.

Thousands of Children Who Run Away From Care are Failed by the Agencies Who Are Supposed to Protect Them

Ann Coffey | Posted 10.07.2012 | UK Politics
Ann Coffey

We know that running away or going missing is a key indicator that a child might be at risk or in need. Children in care are three times more likely to run away than children living at home.

350,000 Children In Poverty Could Lose Free School Meals, Charity Warns

PA | Posted 19.04.2012 | UK Universities & Education

More than 350,000 children could lose their free school meals under the government's planned welfare reforms, a charity has warned. An analysis by ...

A Stitch In Time? There's a Simple Pattern for Making Happier Children

Cilene Jenkins | Posted 10.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Cilene Jenkins

Each year, it seems, we get a new, academic study confirming that it is the good, old-fashioned pleasures of friends, family and, in particular, fulfilling activity that makes youngsters feel really contented.

Understanding Children's Well-Being: The Good Childhood Report 2012

Enver Solomon | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK
Enver Solomon

The Children's Society launched its landmark Good Childhood Report 2012 today. The culmination of seven years of research involving 30,000 eight to 16-year-olds, it reveals that at any moment half a million children across the UK are unhappy with their lives.

Half A Million Schoolchildren 'Unhappy' With Lives

PA | Posted 12.03.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Half a million school children are unhappy with their lives, according to a new study published today. The Good Childhood Report 2012 found that on...

Interim Reviewer of Child Poverty Says Eradicating Child Poverty by 2020 a 'Fantasy'?

Sam Royston | Posted 15.02.2012 | UK Politics
Sam Royston

We very much hope that Alan Milburn, and the Child Poverty and Social Mobility Commission once it is established, will put it to the government that they need to go back to the drawing board and come up with a plan which, even if it won't end child poverty by 2020, will prevent current projections becoming reality, and start working towards that goal once again.

Hundreds Of Children Detained In 'Degrading Conditions' At UK Borders

PA | Posted 16.12.2011 | UK

Hundreds of children are being detained at the UK's ports and airports, figures have shown. A total of 697 children under 18 wer...