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We must help young people get fit to embrace the future

It is clear that our most recent lockdown has to be our last, and for so many reasons let us hope that turns out to be the case. After more than a year of to-ing and fro-ing, the UK is in dire need of recovery economically, socially and emotionally. The disruption to life has been seismic for all, not least our young people, whose confidence, social engagement skills and motivational drive have been severely tested.

Bias recognition vital to tackle disproportionality

I had in many ways a privileged middle-class childhood. As well as a smattering of rather poor exam results, my upbringing gave me huge dollops of unconscious bias, particularly in respect to people of different backgrounds, races and ethnicities. Over the last 50 years, I have worked at expunging this bias, often slowly and painfully.

Tech’s vital role in the future of childhood

Likening the scale of the challenge to reconstructing the social security system after the second world war, the children’s commissioner for England has said she will be “fearless” in representing children’s interests as England continues on its road to recovery.

Put child health hubs on England’s high streets

Public services are not known for being agile, but the pandemic has seen councils “pivot” to provide support online, redeploy staff where the demand is greatest and work across departments to meet a range of families’ needs.

Recognise failure for successful secure schools

This April would have been the 25th anniversary of the opening of Medway Secure Training Centre (STC). Like most, if not all, secure establishments it had a rocky start but represented the beginning of a major reform in youth justice. As we await the birth of the new secure school on the site of the original STC it is worth reflecting on the past 25 years.