Posted on November 9 2009 Read more...

Work-life balance affects dads too

Family Commission member, Richard Reeves, Director of think tank Demos, raised some important issues about dads and families in his article in the Observer yesterday.   He describes the challenges of being a working father – the fact that many fathers want to spend more time with their children – especially when they are very young but are still largely unable to because of long working hours ...
Posted on November 6 2009 Read more...

Behind the sex education hype

Ed Balls has announced a series of reforms to sex education in England. In reality, this means all young children learning about the body and relationships at a young age and a limit on parents’ ability to withdraw children from sex education in secondary school. It is important that children and young people receive age appropriate information on sex and relationships. But, with the highest ...
Posted on November 3 2009 Read more...

Time to tackle child poverty

New research has been released today by the End Child Poverty campaign. Through Thick and Thin: Tackling Child Poverty in Hard Times highlights how rising levels of unemployment over the last 12 months have taken their toll on the number of children living in poverty. Released just weeks ahead of the Pre Budget Report, it’s an important reminder of the serious Government investment needed to halve ...
Posted on November 2 2009 Read more...

Intervention intervention intervention

Two different stories in today's papers - a special report on Family Intervention Projects in the Guardian and story about Concurrent adoption in the Times - both giving good examples of how through services working in a different way the lives of children and families can be improved.  This resonates so much with what we heard in Blackpool and on other Family Commission visits - intervene ...
Posted on October 28 2009 Read more...

Guest blog – by Yvonne Roberts

 Thames Primary School is close to the fun fair on Blackpool’s  South Shore.  It’s inspirational head is Jean Martin. Halfway through our visit there, at lunch time,  Stephen, aged six comes into the room full of adults. He has his eyes on the cakes but he politely shakes hands and replies to everyone’s questions before clutching a scone to his chest and saying good-bye. He has ...
Posted on October 26 2009 Read more...

38% of ‘grandparent carers’ live below the poverty line

An article in today’s Times newspaper contained interesting research on grandparent carers. ‘More than a third of grandparents who look after their grandchildren full-time to prevent them being taken into care live below the poverty line’. The figures are that 38% of grandparent careers live on less than £200 a week, while a further third live on less than £300. The research was carried out ...
Posted on October 25 2009 Read more...

Part time full commitment

Great to see the front page of the Observer interview with Yvette Cooper saying that more jobs should be advertised as part time.  This strongly resonates with what parents are telling us.  They need more help to juggle work and family life and want to spend more time with the kids and part time jobs could be just the ticket.
Posted on October 21 2009 Read more...

Guardian visit to Carousel Children’s Centre

Following on from positive, high profile comments from Shadow Minister for the Family Maria Millar, about 4Children’s children’s centres we were pleased to welcome a visit by a reporter from the Guardian newspaper to our Carousel Children’s Centre in Braintree, Essex on Friday. As a result an article is featured in the Guardian today and focuses on the Centre’s ‘trailblazing’ work providing integrated health support ...
Posted on October 20 2009 Read more...

Fathers fear taking up paternity leave

Many British fathers are working long hours, struggling to balance work and family life and fear that requesting flexible working will damage their careers, a new report from the Equality and Human Rights Commission has found. Fathers want to take a more active role in caring for their children, but the report finds that 45 per cent of men do not take their 2 weeks’ paternity leave ...
Posted on October 19 2009 Read more...

The Family Commission visits Blackpool

The Family Commission is going to Blackpool today to meet local families and key workers. We have got a busy day ahead and will be speaking with community hubs such as Thames Children’s Centre and the Beacon Hill Family and Business Centre. Find out more when I will be blogging again later.
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