Posted on October 13 2010 Read more...

Starting a Family Revolution – Family Commission report launch

Today, the Family Commission is launching the result of 18 months of hard work, having spoken to families up and down the country about what messages they wanted us to take to Government about their needs and aspirations for the future. The report released today, Starting a Family Revolution,  is both powerful and very timely. It is brimming with evidence of the challenges and solutions that families have  - and ...
Posted on October 1 2010 Read more...

Iain Duncan Smith gets go ahead for reforms

According to a report in The Times today, Iain Duncan Smith has won his battle with the Treasury over reforms of the benefit system. This will be a root and branch overhaul of the benefit system, with individual benefits streamlined into one ‘universal credit’ which will include payments for things like housing benefit and incapacity benefit. 4Children has replied to the recent Department for Work and ...
Posted on September 30 2010 Read more...

Flexible Progress

I'm pleased to see that helping families to strike a healthy work life balance remains a priority in Government. Today the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced that the right to request flexible working will be extended to parents of children under 18 from April 2011. Help in coping with the pressures of balancing work and family commitments has been one of the main asks of families ...
Posted on August 25 2010 Read more...

Worrying predictions for child poverty

Today’s Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) report commissioned by the End Child Poverty report contains some bleak predictions. While the full picture will not be clear until the October spending review, the IFS has drawn some worrying conclusions about rising child poverty as a result of the future increases to VAT and other benefit cuts proposed in areas such as housing. Changes in tax credits for ...
Posted on August 17 2010 Read more...

TUC report on social mobility

The TUC has today published a report on social mobility - entitled social mobility. The report highlighted the fact that in Britain 50 per cent of a child's future earning potential is determined at birth, compared to less than 20 per cent in Canada, Australia, Denmark, Norway and Finland. The UK has the worst record on of any of the countries in the Organisation for Economic ...
Posted on August 9 2010 Read more...

A GCSE in parenting

Frank Field, the chair of the Government's review into poverty and life chances, has set out his idea of a GCSE in parenting in his first report to the Prime Minister. As part of, or replacing PSHE lessons, he wants pupils in schools to learn about good parenting and how to raise children properly. He said that a formal style exam for 16 year olds ...
Posted on August 9 2010 Read more...

Children can wait more than a year to for care rulings

A study by Barnardo’s, widely reported today in the papers and BBC, has revealed that vulnerable children are waiting an average of 57 weeks before the family courts decide on their outcome. In some cases the wait is 65 weeks. Often this means that children are left in unstable family homes or emergency foster placements while they wait for the courts rule on whether to take ...
Posted on August 1 2010 Read more...

New study says babies don’t suffer when mums work

Some of the papers this morning are giving good profile to a  new study published by the Society of Research in Child Development. The study contradicts a hefty volume of previous reseach that says that a child suffers as a result of mums going back to work within the first year of their lives. This study says that when additional factors are taken into account, such as increased income which can result in higher ...
Posted on July 13 2010 Read more...

Family Commission learn how families are flourishing on visit to Wales

Last Thursday the Family Commissioner went to Cardiff. This visit was part of the Family Commissions national roadshow of events which aims to learn from the best examples of practice around the country and to meet with the range of people involved with families and children. In a packed day the Commission met with families and professionals who had plenty to tell us about the projects ...
Posted on July 12 2010 Read more...

Guest Blog – Meadbh Dempsey(17)

On the 8th of July I went with the family commission to Phoenix High School in Hammersmith and Fulham, North London. The purpose of our visit was to conduct a focus group with about 20 young people aged 14-15, in which we asked them questions about their families and their lives.  What we learnt from the focus group will go on to inform the Family ...
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