Kids Count at the party conferences

Female genital mutilation One of the major topics discussed throughout the Lib Dem party conference was tackling the problem of child abuse – more specifically the subject of FGM (female genital mutilation). As you already might know, FGM (sometimes referred to as female circumcision) refers to procedures...

Education The fringe meeting hosted by teachers’ union the NASUWT at the Conservative Party Conference was an event I was eager to attend. I was interested to see if newly appointed Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, would either move away or support the ideas formulated by Michael Gove...

Over the two-day time frame we managed to attend various fringe meetings where many controversial topics were discussed and opinions were shared. At a Women's Aid fringe meeting we heard an extract of an empowering real-life account from Charlotte Kneer who spoke about the troubles she faced and shared...

Assisted dying When at the Conservative Party Conference 2014, we went to a fringe meeting that discussed the law on assisted dying. Although this wasn't related to the topics Kids Count were raising at the conferences, we thought it would be an interesting topic to hear a discussion on. The charity...

Fracking To frack or not to frack, was the hottest debate topic at last weekend’s Labour Party conference. The two thousand-strong People’s Climate Rally, which assembled at Piccadilly Gardens on Sunday morning, marched through the centre of the city before protesting outside the conference at Manchester...

Though there were no speeches on the Scottish Referendum at this year’s Labour Party Conference, it was a popular topic of conversation.

With the upcoming general election, the Labour Party Conference was alive with a plethora of people eager to engage in discussion and debate. As a young person there were many topics that struck me as important during the talks. However, with all eyes currently scrutinising the UK's education system,...

At Kids Count we have spent nearly two years working on the police and crime commissioners (PCCs) and what role can communities and young people play to help reduce crime. So we the youth decided to continue this theme. We focus our work on peer-identified solutions and have almost a decade of knowledge...

I arrived in the main conference hall to hear the Home Secretary Theresa May speak. She is hoping to abolish the Human Rights Act (HRA). Her argument is that Abu Qatada was allowed to stay in the country through the "right to family". Instead of removing that right from the HRA she wishes to remove...

Today at the Conservative Party conference we interviewed and held meetings on a range of topics from education to prison sentencing. When talking to the politicians we found the significance education really has on young people. This was one topic that particularly interested me as it had linked...