Archive for August, 2010

Worrying predictions for child poverty

Posted on August 25 2010 by Anne Longfield

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 […]

TUC report on social mobility

Posted on August 17 2010 by Anne Longfield

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 […]

A GCSE in parenting

Posted on August 9 2010 by Anne Longfield

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 […]

Children can wait more than a year to for care rulings

Posted on August 9 2010 by Anne Longfield

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 […]

New study says babies don’t suffer when mums work

Posted on August 1 2010 by Anne Longfield

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 […]