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Following on from my last post, an interesting article in the Indy today  - child protection officers at East Sussex County Council have written to the Press Complaints Commission to complain about press harassment of 13-year-old father (or possible father, according to reports) Alfie Patten and his...

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Ambitions or dreams?

17 February 2009

As a result of A Good Childhood, the report commissioned by the Children's Society, the stories about the secrets of happy childhood have spawned hundreds of features in the press and a lot of bickering between columnists about whether or not mothers should work, the benefits of nurseries and whether...

The advertising agency that brought us Johnny Vegas and his knitted pal 'Monkeh' in those commercials for ITV Digital all those years ago has developed the government's multi-million pound ad campaign highlighting to young people the dangerous side-effects of smoking cannabis. On viewing the ad I reckon...

Have you seen the front page of The Sun today? No, me neither, but I have seen a story splashed all over its web site that I am told is also on the front page - an "expose" of a 13-year-old boy whose 15-year-old girlfriend has just had a baby. "Dad at 13" it screams. "The baby-faced father of little...

Do you know what I find interesting? What you find interesting. The brilliant thing about the internet for journalists is you can see exactly what stories people are clicking on and what they are not. When I send out the daily email (you can subscribe here to the Children & Young People Now Daily)...

Hello. I'm Ravi Chandiramani, the editor of Children & Young People Now. Some of you will know me as author of those crisp, incisive commentaries on the burning issues of the week - the magazine's editorial column, written most weeks by me. Others will say "if only - it‘s just mindless drivel, get off...

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Hello

10 February 2009

So, hello. As it says up there, I'm a mum, and a journalist. (I also happen to be the online editor of this site). I have a particular interest in media portrayal of children and young people, having been involved in what was Young People Now, and is now Children and Young People Now's Positive Images...

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Only Connect

01 February 2009

One of the new members of our team, Laura Baruch, has done a phenomenal job on the Big Challenge, working with the Youth Leadership Team and UnLtd to invite applicants to get their projects considered for a share of the £60,000 fund.  Over the last couple of months, along with our colleagues at Unltd,...

We’ve just completed a response paper on the voting age for the Youth Citizenship Commission.  Despite what people might have expected from us, we believe that the voting age should remain at 18, or even be raised to 21.  It is generally those young people who are already ‘on the inside’ and participating...

On Today I heard a report about the teachers and students at Croxteth School in Liverpool, which is under threat of closure in 2010.   The school is in a troubled area, close to where Rhys Jones was murdered.  One of the teachers described how the school was relatively small with a very mixed intake...