Category Archives: Society

Halloween – No Trick or Treat

If you do not want to be disturbed by trick or treaters this Halloween, download and print out a copy of the “No Trick Or Treat” poster by Hampshire Constabulary to display by your front door. Every year Hampshire Constabulary’s force control room receives calls from people who have been frightened or disturbed by trick or treaters […]

8 Reasons to Rethink Teens & Sexting

Megan Maas has written a blog on 8 Reasons to Rethink Teens & Sexting for the Huffington Post.  Here’s a few snippets from the blog which are essential reading for any youth worker: … In order for us to address sexting in a realistic way with teens, we must first understand the sexual culture they live […]

Young Britons living in ‘suspended adulthood’

Despair, worries about the future and financial pressures are taking a toll on millions of young Britons, according to a poll which found young women in particular were suffering. Low pay and lack of work in today’s Britain are resulting in “suspended adulthood”, with many living or moving back in with their parents and putting off […]

Children in care need long-term support

David Akinsanya writing from his own personal experience argues that, too often, young in care are simply contained and criminalised. If a permanent home can’t be found, then having a mentor would make a huge difference to young people’s lives. Lord Laming’s review for the Prison Reform Trust has found that children in care are six times more likely to […]

Traffic lights in the ground help teenagers avoid traffic

In Germany they call them “smombies” – or smartphone zombies – people who are so caught up in their device they roam the streets oblivious to other people, traffic or rogue lamp posts. Now this particular breed of tech junkie has been given special traffic lights — installed into the pavements — to help them avoid oncoming […]

UNICEF creates virtual child from photos of children in conflict

There are currently 250 million children around the world living in countries affected by conflict, and half of the 19.5 million refugees globally are children. A new awareness campaign hopes to shine a light on them all — by focusing on one. UNICEF Sweden has created “Sofia,” a 3D-animated child using 500 photos of real children from emergency areas. […]

10 reasons we MUST keep Children’s Centres & Early Help Hubs

The Challenge Hampshire County Council is asking for the views of service users, other stakeholders and members of the public, on a proposed new Family Support Service for families with children aged 0–19 years (or up to age 25 for young adults with learning difficulties and/or disabilities). The theory of a 0-19 united service is […]

Government report revealing full impact of cuts to children’s centres

A damning report which revealed the full extent of the harm done by funding cuts to children’s centres was among more than 400 statements, documents and reports quietly released by the Government just before Christmas. A six-year study by Oxford University researchers ‘The impact of children’s centres: studying the effects of children’s centres in promoting […]

Hampshire Libraries

I’m a big fan of libraries.  I grew up regularly going into town to get out a wide range of books – especially biographies, sport and history books. Hampshire Library Service, like so many others across the country, has been going through a review as part of the austerity measures.  A paper on ‘Library Service […]

Plans to freeze benefits for four years ‘will hit 7 million children’

The Children’s Society has urged ministers to reconsider plans for a four-year freeze on a range of benefits and agree a moratorium on future welfare cuts for low-income families. The charity made the call after its research suggested that the plans risk pushing more children into poverty. More than 7 million children living in low-income […]

Church doesn’t welcome the working class

I’ve been chewing over an article that Chine McDonald,  the Director of Communications & Membership at the Evangelical Alliance, recently wrote on the way in which the church is overwhelmingly full of people from a middle class background: Our society is vastly, scarily unequal. The opportunities that are assumed by some are beyond the realms of possibility […]

Why are young people drinking less alcohol?

There was a fascinating article published in New Statesman about how young people are drinking less and that individual alcohol consumption in Britain has declined sharply. Whenever horrific tales of the drunken escapades of the youth are reported, one photo reliably gets wheeled out: “bench girl”, a young woman lying passed out on a public bench above bottles of […]