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Why should the young have to conform?

I have just read Helen Reddington's book The Lost Women of Rock Music, which traces what happened to the influx of female musicians who entered the business in the 1970s and early 80s.

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.

Youth employability is reliant on a jobs market

The youth unemployment figures - over one million and rising - were not unexpected, but are intensely worrying. The national figure is bad enough, but the regional variation means that in some areas there is a real danger of endemic long-term unemployment.

It's time to respect children's rights

You wait ages for one 20th anniversary, then three come along at once. We've just marked the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1989 Children Act. And this week it is 20 years since the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child came into existence.

Education is the antidote to racism

The bear-baiting of British National Party (BNP) leader Nick Griffin in his recent appearance on Question Time did nothing to advance race relations in our country.

The next commissioner needs bite

The Department for Children, Schools and Families has fired the starting gun to recruit a children's commissioner for England to succeed Sir Al Aynsley-Green early next year.

Policy into practice Sexual bullying

THE ISSUE Tackling bullying is raised consistently as a key priority when children and young people are asked for their views. There is little doubt that bullying has risen up the political agenda in recent times.

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