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Giving children a better start in life

The National Lottery-funded A Better Start programme to boost early child development celebrates its fifth birthday this month. Those involved in the programme highlight its achievements to date.

General election 2019: Key policy guide

Derren Hayes analyses what the main parliamentary parties are pledging on the key policy battlegrounds for the children, young people and families sector at the coming general election.

Help families in poverty trap

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  • 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.

Embrace the unpredictability of adolescence

In 1802, Wordsworth wrote: "The child is father to the man." In 2019, the phrase has added meaning: Greta Thunberg, at 16, has shown us a clarity of thought and purpose that puts world leaders to shame and she has inspired young people to speak out and to take action through school strikes.

Let practitioners solve today's challenges

In 1939, George Orwell wrote: "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Orwell was reflecting on the nature of power at the end of a decade that had witnessed widespread human misery.

More than 350,000 children 'destitute', study finds

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  • Thursday, June 7, 2018
Around 365,000 children experienced destitution at some point last year due to lacking a number of the basic daily living essentials such as shelter, food, heating, lighting, clothing or basic toiletries, a study has found.

Fears over universal credit demand action

The impact on poor people of the rollout of universal credit - the minimum six-week delay in receiving the first payment, the reduced amount that most claimants receive, the frequent slide into debt - is well known. But its impact on child protection has been largely overlooked.