Posted on September 24 2009 Read more...

Focus on children in care

We all know that stability is really important for children, particularly children in care who have often come from chaotic or disadvantaged backgrounds.  So I was pleased to hear that Children’s Minister Delyth Morgan has today announced measures to review the care system and look at ways in which we can help vulnerable children to flourish. Vulnerable children, many of whom are in the care ...
Posted on September 23 2009 Read more...

Amanda’s Battle for Hard-pressed Mums

Amanda Holden is backing a call for families to spend more family time together, after an online survey carried out by the Hasbro games company revealed that half of all mothers worry about not having enough time to sit down with their children. Hasbro is launching a Family Games Night, which offers the chance for children and parents to learn and have fun together http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/129237/Amanda-s-battle-for-hard-pressed-mums
Posted on September 22 2009 Read more...

Championing families at the Lib Dem Conference

4Children is at the Lib Dem conference today highlighting the issues which are important to families. We'll be meeting David Laws and Annette Brooke from the Lib Dem children and families team.   We'll also be showcasing the importance of Sure Start in supporting parents and giving children the best start in life.  We'll be pressing Annette Brooke MP to reaffirm their commitment to Sure Start in ...
Posted on September 21 2009 Read more...

Family commission visits Yorkshire

The family commission visited Yorkshire on Friday to meet local families and professionals. Talking to families in the giant ASDA superstore in pudsey we heard some really compelling and moving stories and were reminded just how important extended families are. Later in the day in south Leeds it was the resilience and determination that struck with some families that are new to the UK recounting truly amazing experiences The ...
Posted on September 16 2009 Read more...

Family Commission meets

The second Family Commission meeting took place yesterday with lively discussions between leading experts, academics and commentators from the Commission.  Guest speakers included Samantha Callan, who gave the Commission an insight into Conservative thinking on family policy and its core priorities, followed by Anastasia De Waal who reflected on family policy with particular regard to the impact of work and worklessness on family lives.  We discussed vulnerable children ...
Posted on September 11 2009 Read more...

Priority Investment

Proposals to abolish Sure Start, the Child Trust Fund and Child Benefit in the the new joint report by the TaxPayers’ Alliance and the Institute of Directors “How to Save £50bn" are foolhardy and will simply increase demands on public spending in the future.  Investing in children and families now reduces social exclusion, crime, worklessness in the future – cutting the cost of social failure down ...
Posted on September 10 2009 Read more...

Work Life Challenges

There’s little doubt that the economic downturn is having an effect on working patterns but perhaps we could use it as an opportunity for us all to review the way we think about work. We all know that the UK has some of the longest working hours in Europe with research by city consultancy Capital Economics telling us that there has been a 5% rise in second ...
Posted on September 2 2009 Read more...

Star support for social work profession

The launch of a new national social work recruitment campaign to support vulnerable children and adults was very welcome yesterday. The sight of stars such as actress Samantha Morton lining up to “Help Give Them a Voice”, was one that has rarely been associated with the social work profession and one that has extra credence as many of the celebrities involved have been helped by social ...
Posted on August 27 2009 Read more...

Celebrating Exam Achievements

Young people have it tough. The media constantly lumps them together under negative stereotypes depicting them as anti-social ‘hoodies’ and thugs and now it seems that as well as berating them for negative behaviour, record levels of achievement in exams have created a new opportunity for criticism. 600,000 teenagers are due to receive their GCSE results today and record results are anticipated. A rise in the ...
Posted on August 21 2009 Read more...

Feeling the September pinch

All parents know what the September pinch feels like, especially the year your child starts secondary school.  Some new research from the Local Government Association has shown that schools are still not heeding the cries of parents and are upping the costs of new school uniforms by making them available through only one supplier.  Despite the fact that parents are able to buy low cost uniforms from ...
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