Opinion

We must humanise youth justice system

By Alison O'Sullivan |

27 August 2019

Recent weeks have seen stark reminders of the shortcomings in our youth justice system.

Social workers in schools can prevent youth crime

By Derren Hayes |

27 August 2019

Research by What Works for Children's Social Care has identified the benefits of placing social workers in schools.

When care practice outflanks the law

By Andrew Webb |

27 August 2019

It is 30 years since the Children Act 1989 received Royal Assent and despite the fact it has not subsequently been repealed or even substantially amended, the current "crisis" in the care system suggests that practice has drifted away from two of its key principles: that the state should work in partnership with parents; and that if families can be supported without recourse to the law, they should be.

Letters to the Editor: Internship programme targets charity sector

By Trudy Kilcullen; Christopher Robertson; Jonathan Stanley |

27 August 2019

Contribution of health visitors is beyond words

By Derren Hayes |

30 July 2019

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.

The importance of dads in the early years

By Merle Davies |

30 July 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.

Time is the key in secure school reforms

By Nathan Ward |

30 July 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).

New vision for children's centres is top priority

By Derren Hayes |

25 June 2019

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

Charities must evolve to stay relevant

By Denise Hatton |

25 June 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.

Action needed to help girls in custody

By John Drew |

25 June 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 for Youth Justice, highlights why there is no room for complacency. Here are three reasons why.