children's centres

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.
The last thing dads need, therefore, is LESS time being hands-on parents. If dads were given a day off work on Father's Day, it might be worth celebrating. So if you're an employer who wants to keep your workforce happy, let your dads go home early on Friday...or give them a day off on Monday. Otherwise, let's see Father's Day for what it is: a wasted opportunity.
As Chief Executive of I CAN, the children's communication charity, I am deeply concerned about the rapid rate at which Children's
Since the early 2000s, Children's Centres have provided a crucial mechanism to support under fives and their families with
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.
I know the Government have been busy recently, what with running down the British steel industry and trying to slash tax credits - but they seem to have completely forgotten one of their own consultations.
We offered them a free hot lunch, contact with other similar families, and for advice and support with their social needs. I don't know whether you know but the next time you pass a Children's Centre - take a closer look. They're not just nurseries as Centres like MECC offer a wide range of help of help.
Helping the most vulnerable children is a daunting and complex task, and there will be disagreements about how to do it. But to move forward we need to keep the child at the centre, build on the progress children's centres have made and use it to make sure all children get the best start in life, healthy and supported at home.
If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.
If Chancellor George Osborne caps welfare spending without thinking enough about those in dire need, he is at risk of making a short-sighted mistake for which children will pay the highest price. We have already seen an increasing number of children getting help only when they reach crisis point which, for many, is often too late.
The case of Amanda Hutton, who was jailed this week for allowing her four-year-old son Hamzah Khan to starve to death and who hid the body for two and a half years, is almost too horrifying to contemplate. But with 198,000 babies in the UK living in complex families with a history of substance abuse or mental illness this will not be the last case of its kind.
The early years of every child's life are crucial to their development. That is why The Children's Society runs a network of children's centres across the country which provide support to families with children up to five years old.
It is surely a testament to the value of Sure Start Children's Centres that despite significant cuts within local authority budgets, and the removal of the dedicated Sure Start grant, many of them have continued to thrive ever more at the heart of their communities.