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Embrace the unpredictability of adolescence

By Andrew Webb

| May 28, 2019

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...

Care-experience must shape future policy

By Alison O’Sullivan, chair of NCB

| May 28, 2019

It's time we stopped fiddling at the margins of the care system and took a more radical approach.

Average adult life expectancy has fallen by six months over the past year, according to analysis by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.

Free children from abuse and knife crime

By Nathan Ward

| April 30, 2019

Throughout history, the social construction of childhood has changed, osculating between children being seen as angels in need of protection and demons in need of control.

Parks and open spaces build communities

By Merle Davies

| April 30, 2019

The government chose the recent Serious Youth Violence Summit to unveil a raft of youth work policy pledges - including the creation of a youth charter and review of youth work qualifications.

Build communities to tackle knife crime

By Denise Hatton

| March 26, 2019

Over the past few weeks YMCA has been approached by a number of different media outlets asking the same question: Is the rise in knife crime among young people due to youth service cuts?

Naming child offenders harms rehabilitation

By John Drew

| March 26, 2019

The recent naming of the 16-year-old child who murdered six-year-old Alesha MacPhail on the Isle of Bute raises once more very uncomfortable issues about the naming of child defendants in criminal cases.

When my husband had a heart attack last summer, I found myself reflecting on the importance of written records.