UK Families

A Spending Review for Families?

Chris Sherwood | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Politics
Chris Sherwood

Since October 2014 the Government has been committed to applying a "Family Test" to all new domestic policies. This was a welcome step towards putting...

The Kindness of Strangers

Martin Barrow | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

I count my blessings. This week I had the privilege of attending the Mind Media Awards and Fostering Excellence Awards in London on successive evenings. Both events are born out of human frailty but celebrate the extraordinary kindness and resilience of ordinary people in the face of often appalling circumstances.

'Reawakening and Recycling' - An Ancient Call for Action

Jim Egan | Posted 13.11.2015 | UK
Jim Egan

Melinda Gates raised a timely alarm this week (Financial Times, Comment, 9th Nov 2015, "Investing in our families is a vital part of the economy") abo...

7 Families Open Up About The Long-Term Heartbreak Of Stillbirth

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 15.10.2015 | UK Parents

Seven families have spoken out about the long-term heartbreak of stillbirth. The families, who were filmed over three years, have shared their sto...

Permanency Must Be the Gold Standard for Children in Care, Not Adoption

Martin Barrow | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

If adoption is to be the gold standard for looked-after children, then we appear to have failed as foster carers. Only one of the children we have cared for has been adopted, while a number of different outcomes were agreed for the other children.

Father Stops Wedding So Stepdad Can Walk Daughter Down Aisle Too

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Todd Bachman, was getting ready to walk his daughter Brittany down the aisle when he realised something - or should we say someone - was missing. H...

Business, We Need to Talk About the Future of Fostering

Martin Barrow | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

We urgently need more foster carers. Another 8,000 additional families are required to meet demand for stable, secure and loving homes for record numbers of fostered children, according to The Fostering Network

Foster Carers Are the Custodians of Memories

Martin Barrow | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK
Martin Barrow

One day children who have been in our care will ask questions about their past that simply cannot be answered in a memory book. Above all, we hope that they understand that they were loved and cherished. And we hope that they know that they can come to us for those elusive answers. We are, after all, merely custodians of their memories.

Cast Adrift: Why Welfare Cuts Will Hurt The Children and Families Who Need Our Help Most

Jackie Brock | Posted 09.08.2015 | UK Politics
Jackie Brock

We are not talking about families going on expensive holidays, or buying the latest gadgets. We are simply talking about the basics - food on the table, clothes on your back and heat in the home.

The Budget: A Nervous Wait for Single Parents

Octavia Holland | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

We've been hearing from single parents who are incredibly worried about the cuts they are hearing about in the media and are anxiously waiting to hear where the axe will fall in the Chancellor's statement.

Keep Calm and Carry On... You're a Foster Carer!

Martin Barrow | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

Foster care would be that little bit easier if you could press a 'pause' button on your own life. What would we not give for some sort of arrangement to put everything on hold, as we work to resolve the seemingly intractable problems of the children who come into our care? But the reality is that our own lives carry on: stuff happens to us too, with no regard for the children and young people who have been entrusted to us.

Local Authorities Need a Joined-Up Approach to Better Support Young Carers

Javed Khan | Posted 15.06.2015 | UK
Javed Khan

Last week was National Carers Week, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the great work of carers that also highlights the very real challenges these people face on a daily basis.

In Praise of Global Women's Strike - A Shining Light in A Politics of Doom and Gloom

Vanessa Olorenshaw | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Vanessa Olorenshaw

Objections since the 1970s to Global Women's Strike's demand for wages for care have consistently let women down - we are no better off, our families are no better off, and many are now shackled in employment against our wishes, suffering double and triple shifts and facing intolerable pressure, pushed out of our homes by increasing bias towards commercialised care.

How 'Admiral Joe' Could Transform Dementia Support

Beth Britton | Posted 28.05.2015 | UK
Beth Britton

Admiral Nurses are to dementia what Macmillan nurses are to cancer: specialists in their field, and an invaluable resource to families. Furthermore, in the desperate need to provide more integrated services for families affected by dementia,

Getting By in the UK

Jayne Sykes | Posted 17.06.2015 | UK
Jayne Sykes

Those inclined to judge might say it's irresponsible to spend money on anything other than the basic necessities when you're struggling financially, but where do you draw the line? Do you decide to wait until you're earning more or have paid off more of your debts before you get the kids a pet or take them on holiday, or do you realise that if you wait for those things to happen they'll have grown up and gone?

Why I Will Always Be a Foster Child

Victoria Leith | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Victoria Leith

I invited my foster parents to my wedding - I felt it was so important for them to be there. They came and again, when I saw them, it felt so strange as I only recognised them from photos, not having proper physical memories... yet the connection was so strong.

Six Unforgettable Family Holidays

William Gray | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Gray

The stuff that memories are made of: Arriving at Delhi Airport and making our way to the railway station was like being launched into a real-life version of Mario Karts - our taxi lurched through the city amid a maelstrom of fumes and horn blasts, black and yellow tuk-tuks swarming around us like angry bees.

A Coast Full of Memories

Mike Collins | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Mike Collins

These memories of days at the seaside as children are part of our national DNA. Millions of Brits head to the coast every year. And there is a rich social history of the connections between the big cities and the nearest stretch of coastline.

Parents Just Don't Think Politicians 'Get It'

Octavia Holland | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Politics
Octavia Holland

Despite the run up to the election dominating the news headlines, many of the parents we speak to say they still haven't heard enough from politicians on the issues that matter to them. They tell us they are frustrated that politicians don't seem to be listening or coming up with the real solutions that they need, and need now.

Trusting Other People Is the Key to Overcoming Family Estrangement and Isolation

Becca Bland | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becca Bland

Living with the feeling that your life and existence mean very little to anyone at all can create a dangerous state of mind, only worsened by the idea that the reason for your loneliness is shameful. Those who are estranged are too often reminded of the isolating family myth - that everyone else in society is enjoying a functional and close family experience.

It Takes a Village: The Beauty of Grandparents

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

I like my own company and time by myself. But that's not always possible with children knocking around (dear, sweet children that they are). Oh, but it IS possible, thanks to the wonderful human beings that are... grandmothers.

The Words No Commander Wants to Hear

Group Captain Mike Neville | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK
Group Captain Mike Neville

30 January, 2015, marks ten years since Hercules C130K XV179 was shot down over Iraq killing all ten crew... I shall never forget their sacrifice.

The Turn of the Budget Supermarkets

Paige Hiley | Posted 19.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Paige Hiley

Aldi and Lidl have been, in the past, seen as the lowest of the low when regarding supermarket products. It is the sort of place you'd go when you're not able to buy the expensive products on display at your local Sainsbury's or you are in need of unusual ingredients from far away lands...

Why It's Okay to Be a Wimpy Parent Some of the Time

Anniki Sommerville | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anniki Sommerville

When I think back to my own parents, they were following Berman's advice years ago. They were never scared to toss me over their shoulder, head home and send me straight to bed if I misbehaved. I remember feeling totally humiliated especially if other people were around.

Call the Midwife? It's Time to Up Postnatal Care

Alice Rossiter | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Rossiter

Of course, we're told to call a number if we need support or advice. But many women won't. And especially not in the wee small hours of the night. Many will struggle in silence or sink into denial - snapping at a concerned partner or parent that "they're fine".