Opinion

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

Build communities to tackle knife crime

By Denise Hatton |

26 March 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 |

26 March 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.

Let practitioners solve today's challenges

By Andrew Webb |

26 February 2019

In 1939, George Orwell wrote: "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Orwell was reflecting on the nature of power at the end of a decade that had witnessed widespread human misery.