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Queen’s Speech failed most vulnerable families

Children and young people in the UK are growing up in some of the hardest times in recent history, where inflation rates are at a 40-year high and the cost of living crisis is hitting every household. Low-income families, who were already struggling, are faring the worst.

DfE revamp offers children’s services opportunities

Ordinarily there’s nothing interesting about a government department restructure. But look more closely at what’s happening in the Department for Education and you might wonder whether there’s a sea change afoot in relationships with local services for children.

University access key to success of levelling up

It is a decade since university tuition fees were raised from £3,000 to £9,000 per year. It was feared the rise would deter disadvantaged young people from going to university, yet latest figures from Ucas shows record numbers of 18-year-olds from poorer areas applied this year.

Levelling up is about more than better grades

The government’s levelling-up agenda has the potential to be a master key to unlock opportunity for children and young people and we have been eagerly anticipating the newly published white paper.

Make improving children's wellbeing explicit aim of all work

Children in the UK are continuing to feel more unhappy with their lives. At The Children’s Society we have just published our 10th annual Good Childhood Report. Yet again we are sounding the alarm over the wellbeing of our children – and yet again we have to wonder, who is listening?

Put child health hubs on England’s high streets

Public services are not known for being agile, but the pandemic has seen councils “pivot” to provide support online, redeploy staff where the demand is greatest and work across departments to meet a range of families’ needs.

Charities must evolve to stay relevant

In June 1844, a young man met with his colleagues in an upstairs room of a drapery store just a few yards from St Paul's Cathedral in London. That young man was Sir George Williams and the meeting resulted in the formation of the YMCA.

Build communities to tackle knife crime

Over the past few weeks YMCA has been approached by a number of different media outlets asking the same question: Is the rise in knife crime among young people due to youth service cuts?

Let's adapt our language to 'tell it like it is'

At a recent United Nations meeting, 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg said: "We have to speak clearly no matter how uncomfortable it may be…You are not mature enough to tell it like it is - even that burden you leave to us children."

Time for an end to 'children at risk' headlines

Have I Got News for You has a game based on guessing missing words in headlines. Perusing the papers recently, I noticed a headline: "X is putting children at risk, Xs say". Over the next few days, I read several other articles which this headline would have suited. Before I fill in the gaps, spend a few seconds thinking of a few words that might fit - it won't be hard.

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