Posted on June 29 2010 Read more...

Children in care is not a numbers game

A new report from Barnardo's and Demos has once again highlighted the importance of early intervention and families in crisis. When the welfare of children is at risk, of course it is right that swift action is taken. However, work from Barnardo’s and Demos calling for more children to be taken into care quicker should not overshadow the most pressing issue – how to avoid getting ...
Posted on June 22 2010 Read more...

Budget – a mixed bag for families

Today's Emergency Budget announcements were a mixed bag for families.  Many, including me, breathed a sigh of relief at the preservation of universal child benefit.  It is such an important symbol of a welfare state that recognises the importance of supporting every child.  I agreed with the Chancellor when he said that for many families it is one thing they get from the welfare state ...
Posted on June 18 2010 Read more...

Both mums and dads feature in today’s newspaper

In support of Nick Clegg’s recent call for greater involvement by fathers in bringing up children, a newly published survey by the Children’s Society has shown that a child’s level of interaction with their father can have a significant impact on their overall wellbeing. The research, found that 46% of 11-15 year olds hardly ever talk to their fathers about the issues affecting them. This ...
Posted on June 17 2010 Read more...

New Childhood and Families Task Force

At a speech given at a Barnardo's event this morning, Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg announced the establishment of a new Childhood and Families Task Force, to be chaired by the Prime Minister. Many of the priorities of the new task force will be welcomed by parents, particularly those intended to help families in crisis, improve flexibility in the workplace and support dads in taking a more ...
Posted on June 16 2010 Read more...

Interesting survey suggests fathers are workers first

A survey has suggested that working fathers consider themselves to be a breadwinner before a father. The research carried out by the online website www.savoo.co.uk found that three quarters of 2,500 fathers said that they spent so much time in the office that they saw their primary role to be as a worker. While this is an interesting result, The Family Commission has spoken to many ...
Posted on June 10 2010 Read more...

Social work review must look at more than cutting bureaucracy

Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, has today written to Professor Eileen Munro to invite her to conduct an independent review of children’s social work and frontline child protection practice. We welcome the decision to conduct the review. But it will be important that it looks at factors other than reducing bureaucracy if it is to genuinely improve the quality of service delivered by professionals and the relationships social ...
Posted on June 6 2010 Read more...

Reassurance for nursery users

An interesting piece in the Sunday Times today offers some reassurance to those parents who worry about putting very young children into nursery. Kathy Sylva, a professor of educational psychology at Oxford university has been examining data from the Effective Provision of Pre-School Education  project. She argues that nurseries do no harm to the vast majority of children under two and that those who attend average to high quality ...
Posted on June 3 2010 Read more...

3/4 of people are worried about their finances

A survey carried out by the Elizabeth Finn Care charity has found that millions of Britons are worried about how they are going to pay the bill. According to the report in today's Daily Express 73% of respondents said they were 'fearful about their financial situation as they brace themselves for rising interest rates, higher unemployment and soaring bills'. 39% of those surveyed believe they will ...
Posted on May 27 2010 Read more...

State of the nation report

The new Secretary of State for Department for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, has published his first departmental report entitled State of the nation report: poverty, worklessness and welfare dependency in the UK. The report sets out a comprehensive assessment of poverty in the UK in 2010. The Government will use the report to inform policy decisions as it advances its aims of tackling poverty ...
Posted on May 26 2010 Read more...

Record number of women choosing to have children later in life

Interesting statistics covered by most of the daily newspapers today show that more women than ever are having children in their 40s, in total 26,976 women in England and Wales last year.  These stats, published by the Office of National Statistics, are the highest number since records began. Also published is that the average age of giving birth is now 29.4 years old. There are many ...
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