Race, social class, and child abuse: Content and strength of medical professionals’ stereotypes

Date: 21 March 2019 Black and poor children are overrepresented at every stage of the child welfare system, from suspicion of abuse to substantiation. Focusing on stereotypes as a source of bias that leads to...

Suicidal ideation, suicide planning, and suicide attempts among adolescents in 59 low-income and middle-income countries: a population-based study

Date: 19 March 2019 Background   Suicide is a major global health challenge and a leading cause of death among adolescents, but research related to suicide has concentrated on high-income countries. We...

Scottish government set to miss its child poverty targets – report

The Scottish government is at risk of missing its own child poverty targets by more than 100,000 children, according to projections from the Resolution Foundation. Westminster austerity measures will put child...

All you need is love and a village?

(This article first appeared on the website of The Howard League For Penal Reform) A few weeks ago I wrote an article that set out to explain why almost thirty years after the Children Act became operational...

Travellers turned away from GP surgeries despite NHS guidance

Travellers and other vulnerable groups without a fixed address or proof of ID are being turned away from GP surgeries despite NHS guidance that they should be treated, a charity has claimed. The Friends...

Schools and Knife Crime

Schools and Knife Crime Ofsted has published findings from a research project into knife crime and safeguarding children and young people in education in London. Recommendations from the research in 29 schools, colleges and pupil referral units...

Children’s rights

  The Children’s Rights Alliance for England (CRAE) has published a report looking at children’s rights in England in 2018. The report draws on evidence from children’s charities and academics, and covers a range of issues...

The education of children in care

A group of charities, including Adoption UK and the NSPCC, has sent a letter to the Schools Minister calling for the Government to amend teaching practice in England to better reflect the needs of care-experienced children. The proposed amendments...

Basic Income for All: From Desirability to Feasibility

There is no single silver bullet policy to create a Good Society – but basic income is the closest there is. It opens up some big questions: what is a good society and what is a good life; how much should we work and what kind of work should we do;...

Call to improve support for wider children’s workforce

The government needs to put in place a national strategy to address failures in support for the wider children’s workforce, according to children’s services bosses. The Association of Directors of Children’s Services says there has...

Language and the care system

The Adolescent and Children’s Trust (TACT) has published a glossary of words and terms used by the care system. The report, produced in collaboration with children and care experienced young people and 15 local authorities and organisations, sets...

Cost of domestic abuse

The charity Hestia has published findings from analysis carried out by the charity Pro Bono Economics into the cost of failing to provide support to children exposed to domestic violence. The report, which focuses on the long term costs incurred by...