Opinion

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.

Councils take lead on tackling child obesity

By Derren Hayes |

28 May 2019

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

Embrace the unpredictability of adolescence

By Andrew Webb |

28 May 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 out and to take action through school strikes.

Care-experience must shape future policy

By Alison O’Sullivan, chair of NCB |

28 May 2019

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

Make case for investing in universal youth work

By Derren Hayes |

30 April 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.

Parks and open spaces build communities

By Merle Davies |

30 April 2019

Free children from abuse and knife crime

By Nathan Ward |

30 April 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.

We need more diversity in children's workforce

By Derren Hayes |

26 March 2019