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Take better care of the UK's young carers

Support for carers has come under the spotlight lately. A Standing Commission on Carers was established in September, reporting to the Health Secretary, while a renewed bout of publicity will come with Carers' Rights Day on 7 December.

Let's support the parents with disabilities

There are an increasing number of families in the UK where the parents have learning difficulties. However, despite government commitments in England and Scotland to support parents with learning disabilities so their children's life chances will be maximised, the evidence suggests that neither health nor social care services are adequately meeting their needs. A recent report from the Norah Fry Centre at the University of Bristol highlighted that about half of all parents with learning difficulties have their children taken away from them.

Editorial: Children's services remain colour-blind

Findings of a study about engaging black and minority ethnic (BME) parents in children's services have been published by the Department for Children, Schools and Families (see p4). Given government policy's emphasis on positive parenting and on connecting with hard-to-reach communities, it contains important messages for professionals who work with the young and their families.

The best education begins in the home

A number of issues have converged for me in recent months. There was the Rowntree report on family relationships, and the Sutton Trust report on social mobility - or rather, the shocking lack of it. The German EU presidency culminated this summer in a congress on young people and strategies for social cohesion. And, just the other weekend, Lewis Hamilton came within a point of being crowned Formula One champion in his first season. This could almost be a quiz question: what is the connection?

Prevention is far better than any cure

A preventive approach to support for children and young people has emerged as a clear priority within the reconfigured Department for Children, Schools and Families.

In my view: A father's forgotten escape from poverty

The penultimate sentence of the follow-up book on the Milltown Boys - my 1980s study of disadvantaged young people on a Cardiff council estate - reads: "Like some of the other children of the more successful boys, their children will have little idea at all about the origins of their grandfathers". Nowhere is this more apposite than in the case of Tony Beech.

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