Children and young people’s views

The Children’s Commissioner for England has published findings from The Big Ask survey of children and young people aged 4-17 in England looking at areas including family, community, health and wellbeing...

Children set for more climate disasters than their grandparents, research shows

People born today will suffer many times more extreme heatwaves and other climate disasters over their lifetimes than their grandparents, research has shown. The study is the first to assess the contrasting...

More needs to be done to avoid children being held on remand, says report

Nearly a third of all children in custody are still being placed there on remand prompting calls to find alternatives to this form of detention, a report says. Read the full article on this link to Children...

Youth services in England and Wales ‘face being decimated’

Youth leaders are calling for the recruitment of an additional 50,000 youth workers and volunteers to meet a tripling in levels of need during the pandemic. Read the full article on this link to The Guardian...

The Good Childhood Report

The Good Childhood Report 2021 shows that modern life continues to erode the happiness of young people. Dissatisfied with school, friendships and how they look, children deserve drastic change. Read the full...

Child sexual abuse and exploitation in the night-time economy

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has published findings from a study carried out by NatCen Social Research looking at what workers in night-time economy – businesses and services that have direct contact with the public after 6pm – know...

Child abuse and child protection: social attitude survey

The Department for Education (DfE) has published a research report looking at public attitudes to education and children’s services, including child abuse and child protection, across England, Scotland and Wales. Findings from 2,942 participants who...

Who stole our unions?

  It’s May Day and our increasingly vulnerable and disempowered workforce want to know………… whatever happened to our trade unions? On the 4th May 1890 250,000 trade unionists descended on Hyde Park Corner in London to hear a speech by Karl...

Fast Track – Wrong Track?

As a former family support worker working within social work teams, the news around the introduction of the fast track social work programmes undoubtedly caught my attention and filled me with concern for the direction in which the social work...

Fighting to keep our libraries

Libraries work. They make people literate. Here is some evidence. Please note few government ministers or local councillors use genuine evidence to support their decisions. “Enjoyment of reading has a greater impact on a child’s educational...