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Time is the key in secure school reforms

By Nathan Ward

| July 30, 2019

The government announced last month that Oasis Charitable Trust will operate the first secure school in the country on the current site of Medway Secure Training Centre (STC).

The importance of dads in the early years

By Merle Davies

| July 30, 2019

During Mental Health Week, the Movember Foundation published its survey on new dads and there was some striking similarities with findings from a consultation we did with men in Blackpool about their experiences of being a new dad.

Just a few days before being replaced by Gavin Williamson as Education Secretary, Damian Hinds launched the Hungry Little Minds campaign - a three-year initiative to help parents improve the early literacy and language skills of pre-school children....

July marks four years since then childcare minister Sam Gyimah pledged to undertake a review into the future of children's centres.

Action needed to help girls in custody

By John Drew

| June 25, 2019

A decade ago, there was an average of 166 girls in custody at any one time. Now there are only 28, a more rapid fall than that for boys. This is good news, of course, but a recent report by Pippa Goodfellow, director of the Standing Committee...

Charities must evolve to stay relevant

By Denise Hatton

| June 25, 2019

In June 1844, a young man met with his colleagues in an upstairs room of a drapery store just a few yards from St Paul's Cathedral in London. That young man was Sir George Williams and the meeting resulted in the formation of the YMCA.

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.