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I'm actually quite relieved the handcuffs were finally clasped onto the world's biggest fraudster on the very same day as the Laming report came out. It meant Bernie Madoff managed to topple Laming's anxiously awaited offering from the lead news slot. So a little less heat and hysteria over children...

It made me laugh when I saw that my home borough of Hackney is employing an agency to promote youth activities to young people. I have no doubt Hackney does run some good activities - there has been a lot of local coverage of Discover Young Hackney, a talent type thing. But whenever I pass this building...

A disconcerting experience, reading the Children's Rights Alliance for England's new guidelines on how journalists can promote children's human rights and equality. As I perused the document on the tube (which I think is really interesting, and I will be forwarding bits from it around the office and...

I have been meaning to write about the latest children's centre research. It found that while there was a good awareness of childcare at centres, parents seemed to know less about the health, family and parenting services. In Hackney, or at least the bit of it I live in, we couldn't help but be...

It's difficult not to be affected by news of children dying. The death of six-year-old Ivan Cameron, the son of the Conservative leader, is so sad. Ivan had cerebal palsy and Otahara syndrome, a very rare form of epilepsy. While his life was always likely to be a short one, the grief felt by David...

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Beating the recession

24 February 2009

I am very intrigued by the Archbishop of Canterbury's idea that volunteering should be rediscovered, especially in times of recession. It makes sense. It's not about feeling virtuous, it's about rediscovering a sense of purpose.  Reminding yourself what it feels like to achieve, to make a difference...

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Creative teachers

20 February 2009

  I've just read a fantastic article in The Times about an ex-history teacher, who had been brought in to rescue a failing school in Tower Hamlets, our home borough.  It reminded me how many fantastic teachers we work with at Changemakers.  They invariably respond inventively, supportively and promptly...

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...