Our report recommends that consistent class time should be devoted to discussing political affairs. We're calling for schools to do more to provide young people with opportunities to learn about political parties and processes, and engage with political debates and ideas. This is something that needs to happen to get more young people engaged with mainstream politics and to make our political process more democratic.
Pregnancy and the birth of a baby can be a magical time for parents, full of hope for a bright future as they bring their newborn home from hospital. But the experience of pregnancy and becoming a parent can also be an anxious and uncertain time- especially with a first child.
The Head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said on 22nd January that parents and families should take more responsibility for their own lives. It's a view I share. 4Children's own Family Commission told us that families, even very vulnerable families, want to be seen as part of the solution, not part of the problem.
Any help for parents in meeting these costs is good news, so 4Children welcomes yesterday's announcement. However, to best help parents the scheme must be simple, widely available and apply to childcare for school aged children. Most importantly, with costs rising by more than 5% a year, families need this help now. At the moment though, the Tax Free Childcare scheme is not scheduled to come on stream until autumn 2015.
According to new research published today by Asda (in the 'Mumdex'), mums reported that the rising cost of living is now three times as pressing an issue as youth unemployment and four times as pressing as violent crime.
As we celebrate the shining achievements of so many British athletes in London 2012, the disorders of last August seem a nightmarish memory. How is it possible that two such different Augusts, two such opposing images of modern Britain, could be separated by only twelve months?
At a glance, the Budget seems like a much needed source of relief for many families and children across Britain.
Working parents are now spending up to £15,000 a year on childcare as costs rise and fewer families receive help with the
Just as Westminster and Whitehall were winding down for Christmas, Alan Milburn, the former minister and current government child poverty and social mobility Tsar, gave his first speech on child poverty.