UK Families

Life On the Other Side Of A Hashtag: Families Of The Detained

Hanan A Khalek | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK
Hanan A Khalek

Your home is your private place for recuperation, your sanctuary to retreat to, a safe self-made fairy-light ridden haven, cave or fort. A place all t...

Pride And Joy Of Being A Foster Family

Martin Barrow | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We never forget what a privilege it is, to be granted these memories and to share in the joy, nor do we underestimated the scale of the responsibility we have been given. We also are conscious that each milestone we witness is a milestone withheld from a birth parent or grandparent, or a moment that has not been shared with a forever family.

Tory Care Pledge Needs To Be Replaced With Tax Funded Reform

Stephen Burke | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

Of all the Tory manifesto pledges that are likely to be junked by the new government, the 'dementia tax' pledge on funding care will get some of the biggest cheers.

An Election That Forgot About Children

Martin Barrow | Posted 08.06.2017 | UK Politics
Martin Barrow

Where have children been in this election? The campaign has taken many twists and turns and ultimately has become, above all, an election about security, following attacks in Manchester and London. But there has been plenty of airtime for discussion about nuclear weapons, the IRA, Brexit, immigration, care of the elderly, the NHS, education and foreign policy.

Our Grandson, The Foster Carer

Martin Barrow | Posted 29.05.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

It takes a village to raise a child, as the refrain goes. Fostering is a commitment that affects a broad community. Our grandson will feel the departure of our foster children keenly, but he will not be the only one. Over the past 18 months or so, they have been loved by so many people, both old and young.

I Fear My Mobile Phone Hinders My Parenting Skills

Abbie Dando | Posted 25.05.2017 | UK Parents
Abbie Dando

I am now trying to be more conscious about how much time I spend on my phone in front of my little boy. I'm making an effort to curb my temptations to jump on social media or work emails constantly throughout the day.

A Book Dedicated To Foster Carers, Heroes Of The State

Martin Barrow | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

No two foster carers are the same, and no two children are identical. Hence, the need for the handbook to reflect a diversity of approaches. Our ambition is that foster carers old and new will reflect on the experiences of our contributors and reflect on how these learnings may be relevant to their own approach to foster care.

Six Steps For A World Leading Early Interventionist Childcare Strategy

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Election fever has begun. Well, less of a fever and more of a virus at the moment. The manifesto writers are busy locked in darkened rooms trying to shape their political parties' ideas and offers. According to the media and political pundits the main subject of the election is Brexit but a general election needs to address domestic bread and butter policy as well.

A Summer Of Discontent

Janet Davies | Posted 14.05.2017 | UK
Janet Davies

safety. However it is those very concerns that are now taking our focus towards industrial action. The current conditions are driving people out of the profession and putting new people off joining - and patients simply won't get the care they deserve from a workforce that is short on numbers

Child Poverty On The Rise, But Don't Judge

Kalpana Fitzpatrick | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK
Kalpana Fitzpatrick

I recently saw a comment sent in the Metro, accusing families in poverty of indulging in Sky TV packages and cigarettes instead of providing warm meal...

How Do You Balance Clinical Guidelines With What Young People Want From Their Treatment?

Dr Nick Midgley | Posted 08.05.2017 | UK Parents
Dr Nick Midgley

Clinicians could support young people through this process by opening a dialogue where young people can ask questions and express any concerns or worries they may have throughout the decision-making process, both about whether or not to use medication, and if they do, whether it is working for them and how and when they may want to stop.

Mum Issues Warning After DIY Slime Left Her Daughter With 'Chemical Burns'

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 03.05.2017 | UK Parents

A mum has warned other families about the dangers of allowing your children to make slime when unsupervised, after a product in the recipe left her da...

An Open Letter To My Alcoholic Mum

Gina Lyons | Posted 25.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

As today was the day my mum was admitted to hospital due to taking an overdose and today, is hopefully the day she allows me to get her into rehab. For anyone suffering with addiction, or loving a person who is, be vocal. Take your dirty laundry outside and let people help you clean it.

Part-Time Foster Carers Are Worth Their Weight In Gold

Martin Barrow | Posted 12.04.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

Our long weekend was possible only because of the availability of respite care, arranged through West Sussex County Council, for whom we work as foster carers. Our children were able to stay with approved, experienced foster carers who make their home available to give full-time foster carers like us a break when we need it.

Suicide And Why We Have To Talk About It...

Tina McGuff | Posted 03.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tina McGuff

They say all suicides are preventable by speaking out - reaching out. Having the confidence to open up about what you're going through is clearly the hardest thing for so many people to do as they fear the reactions of the loved ones towards them.

Kidology #1: The Pre-Cretinous Era

Mark Piggott | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK Parents
Mark Piggott

When my wife said she was returning to work fulltime, I silently celebrated. Now I'd finally have time to do all the things I wanted to do: write my G...

What Happens When You Support Someone in Difficult Times

Tina McGuff | Posted 28.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

Never underestimate the impact just being there listening to someone can make a huge difference... Sometimes we all need to feel there is someone there to support us in a time of vulnerability without fear of judgement or stigma.

Postpartum Psychosis Risk After Childbirth

Tina McGuff | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Parents
Tina McGuff

I think this is something that new mums fear especially if they have a previous bout of mental illness. I've spoken to many ladies who have felt this way and some who actually went through postpartum psychosis.

Foster Carers Become Masters Of Disguise

Martin Barrow | Posted 12.03.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

We learn new school runs and hitherto unknown neighbourhoods become focal points in our lives. Our weekends are punctuated by social events with families who were strangers to us until a few weeks ago.

Dead Cats And Red Herrings In Pre-Budget Speculation On Care Crisis

Stephen Burke | Posted 06.03.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By all means have a debate on whether we should raise more taxation from income or wealth, but let's do it as part of a debate about government finances. Enough of the dead cats and red herrings! It's time for a new vision for better care and support.

13 Tips To Help Your Kid Discover A Love Of Photography

Jen Barton | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents

Holidays are one of the greatest things you can share with your children. Exposure to different ways of life, from Cornwall’s beach towns to the str...

The Power Of The Story

Pam Jarvis | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK
Pam Jarvis

How did we ever have enough time for all this? In those pre-SATs and pre-accountability days, the last half an hour of every school day for every year group in the school, from Reception to Year Six was spent sitting on the carpet, listening to the teacher read a story.

A New Lifestyle Begins - Reincarnating One's Self

Satnam Kaur | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Satnam Kaur

Later this year, I shall be celebrating turning 62. My hope is that I shall be celebrating in South America. It will be the first time that I have ventured to this area of the world. Marriage, motherhood, career, caring for parents...

Keeping Children Safe Is Your Responsibility Too. Don't Leave It To The Professionals

Martin Barrow | Posted 28.02.2017 | UK Parents
Martin Barrow

But if cases like that of Keegan Downer and Daniel Pelka will teach us anything, it is that the general public are as responsible as so-called professionals when it comes to keeping children safe.

Will The Budget Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 27.02.2017 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

On 8 March the Chancellor must show that he understands both the immediate care crisis and the need for a radical and sustainable long term solution. Older and disabled people and their families and carers have been waiting too long for the answer. Let's hope that their expectations aren't dashed yet again.