If the Government is serious about looking after the most vulnerable children in society, it must urgently re-invest in local services that are proven to tackle the root causes of neglect and abuse - not just hope it can firefight the symptoms.
Sir Tony Hawkhead
Chief Executive of Action for Children
Sir Tony joined Action for Children in March 2014 as chief executive. He is also a non-executive director at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra). Before joining Action for Children, Tony was Chief Executive of Groundwork UK
A child's life is full of monumental first steps and starting school is one of them. Yet a recent Unicef report on inequality of child wellbeing across the richest countries in the world highlighted the fact that the UK is continuing to let children fall behind in education.
11/05/2016 10:29 BST
A child's early years are vital to their chances later in life. Learning to walk and talk, starting to make friends and build relationships outside the immediate family and developing a desire for independence all happen in this period before school. Because this is such an important time, children and their parents need support.
20/11/2015 12:29 GMT
For many young people managing money can be confusing but many of us are lucky enough to have the safety net of friends and family to help us get to grips with the challenges. For vulnerable young people, who may face difficult family relationships, are in and out of care or have nowhere permanent to live, not having basic budgeting skills can leave them "just coping" to get by.
27/10/2015 17:43 GMT
Young people armed with budgeting skills and the knowledge necessary to manage money have a greater chance of finding and holding down a job. We know that people who are in control of their lives and finances are more resilient, more able to find and keep a job, and more likely to create a stable home.
15/07/2015 17:47 BST
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