Michael Rosen condemns UK education system’s ‘fear of laughter’

In an “oppressive” education system, children need the release of humour to make the world less frightening, according to the former children’s laureate Michael Rosen. Revealing the winners of the Laugh Out...

Not listening to Children? Individual Bad Practice or a Confusing System!

I have been a children’s advocate for many years and have represented children where there have been child protection concerns as well as children living within the care system. As a children’s...

Together We Can: Wealth creation and community development by Kieran Breen

Leicestershire Cares is a local charity and membership organisation that seeks to connect business with the local community, so nobody is left behind. I have been working for Cares for three years and many of...

Category - Articles & Opinion

Are we turning back the clock on LGBTQ+ rights?

Recent events in Birmingham and Manchester are a stark reminder that in 2019 same-sex relationships are still highly contested among some people. I was born in 1975 and there has been a seismic shift in attitudes towards LGBTQ+ people in my lifetime...

We care so why can we not deliver?

Over the last 30 years there have been numerous laws, policy reviews, enquiries and working groups all designed to improve the care and transitional support offered to care experienced young people (throughout the rest of this article I will use the...

Charity Bookshops: what are they for?

You may be scratching your head and wondering why on earth I should ask such an obvious question. There are lots of books out there, many of them unwanted, they could find a new home with a new reader so why not donate them to a charity who can...

Stand up to bullying… but not like this!

I’ve stood up to bullies all of my life.  I did when I was at school myself and have done this throughout my career.  Bullying is a terrible scourge that has a long-lasting and devastating impact upon those who find themselves to be the unwelcome...