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The Government’s Approach To Sexual Harassment In Schools Is Ignoring One Vital Factor

The Huffington Post | Jasmin Gray | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education

The government’s approach to tackling sexual harassment in schools has further been called into question after leading charity warned smartphones we...

The Never-Ending Flood Debate

Louis Sherman | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Louis Sherman

We therefore need to look at a far more holistic approach where flood management, climate change, communities and development are looked at as one and inter-linking. This simple development could start to create real change in flood-effected societies and how government prepares areas to flooding.

Post Autumn Statement, Where Next For The Campaign For Better Care?

Stephen Burke | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Burke

By the time the Chancellor got on his feet to deliver the Autumn Statement, expectations of any extra funds for care were very low. The fact that nothing was unveiled confirmed how far care still has to go to win political support.

Save Our Spaces: Our Public Land And Buildings Are At Risk Of Being Sold, Cut Or Shut

Tony Armstrong | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Tony Armstrong

Our community spaces are in jeopardy. Parks, community centres, swimming pools, town halls, you name it; in one part of the country or another, many o...

Why The Chancellor's First (And Last) Autumn Statement Is A Poisonous Damp Squib

Chi Onwurah | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chi Onwurah

Yesterday was Philip Hammond's first big moment as Chancellor, the opportunity, before a country and indeed a world buffeted by shockwaves of change and uncertainty, to set out a compelling, reassuring and above all confidence building vision of our economic future. Well we didn't get that did we?

Families Who Are Just-About-Managing Need Real Help Now

Matthew Reed | Posted 24.11.2016 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

If the Government's promise to help the JAMs is going to stick then ministers must go further still - by scrapping the benefits freeze and the two-child cap, and restoring the family element of Tax Credits and original work allowances to Universal Credit.

Arts Education Should be Championed, Not Side-lined

Professor John Raftery | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Professor John Raftery

While it is seductively easy to solve a short term cash flow problem and close a course, it is much harder to open a new one, and so the decision to close should never be taken lightly. In these situations, it is a public interest focussed judgement. Arts education is not just good for society, it is civilization optimising and more should be done to ensure it is celebrated and protected.

Families Of Seriously-Ill Children Feeling The Strain Of Funding Cuts

Barbara Gelb | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK
Barbara Gelb

As the Chancellor rises to his feet to give his much-anticipated Autumn Statement tomorrow, there will be much jeering and cheering from all sides of the House of Commons. In the detail of the important announcements that will be made on Wednesday there is a danger that one voice won't be heard. The voice of children and young people with life-shortening conditions.

Children's Lungs Can't Wait Nine Years to Breathe Clean Air

Dr Penny Woods | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK
Dr Penny Woods

Toxic levels of air pollution are predicted to continue for at least another nine years. In this time, long-term damage will be done to millions of children's lungs. Pollution reduces children's lung growth, it irritates their airways and makes conditions like asthma worse.

We've Made Good Progress With Our Skills Reforms - Let's Not Mess It Up With Poor Implementation

Chris Jones | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Politics
Chris Jones

But unless the Government takes the time to reflect on what has been achieved, and consult with others about how best to move forward with its reforms, there's a real risk that any progress made over the past few years will be undone.

The UK Launch Of The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative Highlights Why We Must Work Together To Support Breastfeeding

Amy Brown | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Good quality education about breastfeeding - both for mothers and all staff who support them - is also a critical step. Our high use of formula milk in the 70s, 80s and 90s meant that we have lost a generation of breastfeeding knowledge.

What Will Trump's Global Effects Be?

Danielle Cuaycong | Posted 11.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Danielle Cuaycong

There is the possibility that Trump will be able to fulfil President Bush's aim of a "Europe whole and free and at peace" but Trump's intermittent personality and radical approaches to ethnic minorities in the US induces more fear in both the US and the UK. The only way we can approach the next four years is by "keeping calm and carry(ing) on."

We Need Openness And Democracy More Than Ever In Brexit UK

Bob Morgan | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Politics
Bob Morgan

To listen to some Brexit leaders and supporters, reacting to the High Court judgement on Parliament having a say on Article 50, is to imagine that the law and democracy in this country stopped the second the EU referendum vote was done.

A Thousand Days Of Missed Chances

Peter Wanless | Posted 09.11.2016 | UK Politics
Peter Wanless

The fate of thousands of children's mental health now rests in the lap of the Lords. Let us hope that they take that responsibility seriously and don't allow another 1,000 days of missed chances.

Government Must Think Beyond 2020 And Tackle Skills Gap To Ensure UK Cyber Safety

Gad Elkin | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Tech
Gad Elkin

Although the Government has yet to disclose where much of the £1.9bn will be invested, too few of the details that were announced suggested the Government has this longer term, education-focussed, thinking in mind

It's Time To Tell Your MP How You Feel About Brexit

Danny Angove | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Danny Angove

Does the thought of Brexit scare you? Well, now is the time to do something about it. Last week, the High Court ruled that the Government cannot tr...

Psychologising Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump

Maria Karvouni | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Politics
Maria Karvouni

Trump might want to try new things, which renders himself as a more risky option. However, beforehand predictions often fail. In any case, the new President must be supported by everyone and history will decide whether he/she was successful.

Doctors With Mental Illness - Time For A Change

Nima Ghadiri | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nima Ghadiri

This stigma can arise as early as medical school, fostered by a triad of competitiveness, fear and uncertainty. Students sometimes receive conflicting information about mental health, and may fear disclosing illness.

Delays In Children's Centre Consultation Places Early Language At Risk

Bob Reitemeier | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Bob Reitemeier

As Chief Executive of I CAN, the children's communication charity, I am deeply concerned about the rapid rate at which Children's Centres are closing ...

Why I Will Be Joining The Million Mask March On 5th November

Anonymous UK Member | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK
Anonymous UK Member

We are more than just cattle who keep the cogs of capitalism grinding, we are beautiful creative beings capable of great things. The average person does not want wars, mundane repetitive tasks and destruction.

Improving Lives - The Work, Health and Disability Green Paper

Richard Kramer | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK
Richard Kramer

The long-awaited Government green paper Improving Lives, launched on Monday. The Green Paper sets out the Government's proposals for how to support m...

We Must Keep Talking About Breastfeeding Until We Get The Investment New Mothers Deserve

Amy Brown | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Parents
Amy Brown

Breastfeeding is sold to pregnant women as straightforward, easy and rewarding but many do not find that description matches their experience. But the reason for this difficulty should rarely be to do with breastfeeding itself, but instead because society in the UK is not set up to support women to breastfeed

Servant Or Master? What Will Be Our Relationship With A Digital Economy

Simon Sapper | Posted 02.11.2016 | UK Tech
Simon Sapper

The impact of digitalisation and automation will be increasingly profound. Enthusiasts talk in terms of technology setting us free, but I understand the worries of those who reckon we will be subservient rather than superior.

Without The Ability To Hold The Government To Account For Their Safety Record There Is A Serious Risk That Soldiers' Lives Will Be Lost

Jocelyn Cockburn | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK Politics
Jocelyn Cockburn

Soldiers are intentionally put in high risk situations and knowingly take risks to safeguard the lives of others. Human rights do not change this, however, Article 2 requires that when putting troops in danger the MoD must take reasonable steps to protect them from known risks to life.

Is A Cross-Party Commission The Best Way To Tackle The Care Crisis?

Stephen Burke | Posted 25.10.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

There is a common refrain in the care sector: we need a cross-party commission/agreement to tackle the care crisis. There is (almost) consensus on t...