Investment in communities is essential for any government. Nacro and other organisations like us change lives and transform communities. Our work is difficult and complex. It is rooted in working with individuals and communities to move people forward and help people to see and reach their potential.
Improving families' literacy through tailored local support can make them healthier and a pioneering partnership approach to health literacy should become a fundamental part of public health strategies, our new research concludes.
In reality, the aim of the SI - which many its supporters candidly concede - is to return to hunting foxes with packs of dogs as sport, rather than for pest control purposes. And I can't vote for that.
For the mums who are starting out their journey, parenting a child with special needs, incase we don't bump into each other in the parent's kitchen here are the things I need you to know, from a mum who once was feeling the same as you...
I refuse to be just a number and a prisoner of the government just because 'I am disabled', and my attitude makes me a free person. I merely want other sick and disabled people to escape the chains they have chosen for themselves, and become free to see their full potential as real users of services.
What does it take to galvanise international action - and funding - for such a crisis? The great tragedy is that in South Sudan's recent history this situation is not an aberration but the norm. The last civil war lasted from 1983-2004 in which 2 million people died. The Darfur conflict, beginning in 2003, still burns away.
Since launching at the end of June 2013, the NSPCC's FGM helpline has received over 700 contacts from the public and professionals, nearly 300 have been so serious they have been referred onwards. One call involved a member of the public who had called with concerns for a young child who was absent from school for a few months for a holiday in Nigeria. Suspicions arose as the child's mother gave varying explanations for the absence and on her return to school the child's demeanour and mood had changed and she complained about painful toilet trips.
It is time for all UN Member States to step up and shoulder some of the load, a message that over 20million people from across the globe are shouting out loud and clear to their governments as part of the action/2015 campaign.
Deeply entrenched, discriminatory notions of women's diminished status, whether the issue is a playing field or a paycheck, harm individual women and girls. They are denied their rights and blocked from achieving their full potential. Such norms also undermine sport itself, tarnishing notions such as fair play and open competition. It is time to overturn the barriers and stereotypes.
The outcomes of this conference will be important for laying the groundwork to agree the SDGs and the UN climate talks later this year. I urge leaders to deliver a strong and transformational agreement, which overcomes the pressure to dilute commitments for the sake of expediency. lasting impact and will truly be good news for the poor.
It is very clear that rape is being used as a weapon of war here and more needs to be done to protect these vulnerable women. Global leaders need to step in and take more of a stand against ISIL before it is too late and a whole culture has been wiped out and many lives ruined.
The #ToyLikeMe campaign group are now calling on Lego to do just that with the launch of a change.org petition asking Lego to positively represent disability in their products and help generations of kids grow up with a better attitude to human difference.
At the most basic and essential level, aid is and will remain a vital source of funding for many countries who cannot yet raise enough tax to pay for much-needed social services and goods including things like education and healthcare but also in the longer term helping to build the capacity to raise and more effectively use those resources. UK aid contributes to building a fairer world where more people live free from poverty, fewer die from preventable causes like malnutrition or childbirth and there are more opportunities for all.
The new research into multi-agency risk assessment conferences (MARACs) by Manchester Metropolitan University makes sobering reading, as outlined in the Guardian on Tuesday. It confirms what Women's Aid has heard over and over again from women who have experienced domestic violence and the response of public agencies, and from local specialist services who struggle to advocate for women and support their long-term recovery and independence.
The Summer Budget of 2015 sets out clearly the priorities of the Government, and it was a highly effective piece of showmanship. While almost every detail had been trailed in advance the really big item - the National Living Wage - was a true bolt out of the blue.
When the bombs happened we realised very quickly, ourselves and other specialist services, that there would be a massive group of people who would be affected as a result of the atrocity. There has been a lot of research looking at other terrorist incidents which suggests around 30-40% of people who are directly exposed to an attack of this nature go on to develop Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or other mental health problems.