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Today’s big challenges need collective efforts

We start 2022 with a feeling of déjà vu. The emergence of the Omicron variant has derailed the fragile recovery from the pandemic and once again raised the possibility of children’s education being disrupted by school closures and Covid isolation.

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?

Resilience prevails amid Osborne's bleak choices

Like a piercing, bitter English winter, Chancellor George Osbourne's "autumn statement" was eye-wateringly harsh. It is, without doubt, children and young people growing up in the most deprived households who are being asked to bear the brunt.

'Hokey cokey' policy lets children down

I was recently struck by what might be described as the "hokey cokey" nature of child care. First, we put things in. Then, we take them out. And then we shake them all about and invariably start again with no reference to what has gone before.