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When a child or young person is placed behind bars then the state has an absolute duty to ensure they are safe and cared for. The law is very clear that their welfare remains paramount and their rights are not to be curtailed. The punishment is the removal of their liberty. Nothing more. It is truly...

This week, 20 MPs in the new parliament were given the chance to campaign for a change in the law on an issue they really care about. It goes without saying that Brexit will dominate politics and public debate for the next two years. So this is a unique opportunity for MPs who are passionate about domestic...

Under the radar of the daily noise of the election campaign the country's council leaders have sent out the starkest warning yet about the state of services for vulnerable children. Alison Michalska, president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, could not have put it more bluntly,...

All the headlines about Kids Company’s demise this week made me go back to the now famous ‘hug a hoodie’ speech that David Cameron made when he was leader of the opposition in 2006. The Prime Minister spoke in a way that at the time was not to be expected from a Conservative leader. He said: "So...

How would children vote if they could? Enver Solomon considers how issues relating to children feature in the party manifestos.

Despite all the focus and talk on early intervention for children and young people there is one critical area that continues to go in the wrong direction. Early identification and help for children with mental health problems remains as poor as ever. This was graphically illustrated in a report this...

When he was leader of the opposition in 2008 David Cameron stated that “we all know in our hearts that creating a good society for children to grow up in is one of the greatest tests of any nation’s character” and that “we we really can make this country the best place in the world for children to grow...

The state is often accused of failing children in the care system. Critics shake their heads in despair and say that local authorities need to be as good as any parent in how they go about looking after children and fulfilling their role as corporate parents.  It is, of course, not as simple as that....

The horrific abuse and organised exploitation of young women and girls in Oxford has once again raised questions about how agencies work to keep vulnerable children safe. As was highlighted in the safeguarding failures in recent cases in Rochdale and Edlington, a central concern is the extent to which...

There’s a grim reality at the heart of the UK’s performance on reducing child mortality: if we were performing as well as the best countries in Europe, then we could save five children’s lives every day. That equates to over 1,600 children every year. A shocking reminder that complacency is not an option...