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Keep up the momentum on raising awareness of FGM

By Anne Longfield |

10 November 2015

Female genital mutilation (FGM) has been illegal in the UK since 1985, but it is clear that the practice has persisted.

When it comes to identifying priorities for improving children's services, it is understandable that many of us turn our attention to the issues that are the focus of our daily professional lives.

Labour has chance to shape the future of youth policy

By Howard Williamson |

29 September 2015

So the unelectable Jeremy Corbyn has been elected as the leader of the Labour Party. He will now lead an allegedly unelectable opposition to Her Majesty's government.

Focus on market risks losing sight of the child

By Derren Hayes |

29 September 2015

There has been the scent of revolution in the air recently. First, Jeremy Corbyn won a landslide Labour leadership election on an anti-austerity ticket that was the antithesis of New Labour (Analysis, p10). Then the man he hopes to one day replace in Downing Street, David Cameron, used a speech on the "smarter state" to outline the government's intention to pick up the pace of reform in children's services by handing "failing" children's social care services to third-party providers (Analysis, p8).

The Scottish government has announced that all non-statutory - or "consensual" - stop and search by police officers in Scotland is to end, which I strongly welcome. Non-statutory searches, as the name suggests, have no basis in Scots law. They rely on people voluntarily consenting to a search by a police officer. There is no requirement for an officer to have a reasonable suspicion that a crime has been committed, nor for the officer to justify the reason for carrying out the search. These searches infringe children's and young people's rights. The inherent power imbalance between a police officer and a child or young person makes it unlikely that the tactic could ever truly be called "consensual".

From 1 October, the transfer of responsibility for public health to local authorities will be complete when councils take charge of preventative health services for under-fives.

Councils alone cannot tackle child health issues

By Derren Hayes |

15 September 2015

We've come a long way on improving the health of young children since the turn of the millennium.

Evidence-based research is life saving - I should know

By John Freeman |

15 September 2015

Child mental health policy has a vital missing link

By Ravi Chandiramani |

01 September 2015

Children's mental health is big news at the moment on three key fronts.

Time to fix young people's mental health and wellbeing

By Sally Holland |

18 August 2015