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Help families in poverty trap

  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019
The steady rise in child poverty in recent years is a national disgrace, and should be a code-red priority for political parties of every hue.

Legal Update: Caring for refugee children

  • Monday, September 28, 2015
Kamena Dorling, policy and programmes manager at Coram Children's Legal Centre, examines the UK government's response to the refugee crisis and foster care provision for refugee children.

Buttle UK - small grants programme

  • Monday, September 14, 2015
Buttle UK has been helping children and young people across the UK since 1953. Its small grants programme funds essential items such as beds, fridges and cookers for individuals and families who are in significant need.

Children's rights are powerful tools for improving young lives

The voluntary sector's attitude to rights is ambivalent. When we appeal to the public, make our case to funders or seek to influence policy makers, we tend to emphasise children's needs and the services that we offer rather than talking about children's rights. In private, despite our own stated beliefs, we conclude that rights language is toxic - a turn-off to our supporters and politically unpopular.

Divisive cuts and reforms must be countered with radical collaboration

As the election dust settles, I have found myself thinking about physics even more than I have about policy. Specifically, I have been thinking about Newton's Third Law - "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction" - and how it might inform strategies for action from the children's voluntary sector over the coming years.

This is how the government can improve children's lives

Although all the political parties featured children's issues in their manifestos, with all of the debate about national priorities in the run-up to the general election, I am sure I was not alone in being disappointed that children did not feature more prominently in the promises made by any of them.