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Government must invest in children’s & youth services

Leading children’s charities and local councils have called on the Government to urgently close the funding gap facing children and young people’s services as new research reveals a sharp rise in families reaching “crisis point”. An open letter signed by five major organisations warns that children’s social care is being pushed to breaking point, with […]

Children’s & youth work links

Links from the world of children’s and youth ministry: Scripture Union produces simplified Nativity story to avoid confusing children who don’t go to church: A spokeswoman said the change had been prompted by figures in recent years showing the scale of the lack of knowledge about the Christmas story among many children. New Healthy Media Habits For […]

The Good Childhood Report 2016

Over the last decade the Children’s Society have asked over 60,000 children how they think their lives are going.  The Good Childhood Report 2016 is their fifth in-depth study into children’s well-being, produced in partnership with the University of York. The media picked up on some of its headline findings: 1 in 3 girls are unhappy with their […]

Faith leaders call for revised refugee policy

  More than 200 leaders of faith communities have signed an open letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May calling for urgent changes to the government’s refugee policy, particularly to allow families to be reunited. The signatories are headed by Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury, who will give a speech on Monday in […]

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 […]

Apply to be on the 2014 UK Youth Select Committee

Here’s a massive opportunity for a young person to help influence and shape the future: Do you want to be part of a Youth Select Committee that will change things for young people? Are you aged 11 to 18, resident in the UK and able to volunteer your time on the dates as stated in […]

Young people to be funded to remain in foster care until age 21 if they wish

Children and young people brought up by foster carers in England will be allowed to remain with families until they are 21 if they choose to under a new legal duty for councils – this is brilliant news – it was always crazy to force young people to live on their own at 18 by […]

SEN Conference – The Local Offer

The second session of the Hampshire County Council SEN Conference was entitled “The Local Offer” and led by Tesni Mason, Parent Partnership Officer. Check out for more information. Andre spoke about the need for people to have clear information – not just contact details, but information on how to access services.  The Local Offer is not just […]

Fair and Square: From the Children’s Society

Your campaigning works – the government’s own advisors have today recognised that 700,000 children from poor working families aren’t allowed free school meals and cannot afford to pay for them. They say these children are sometimes going hungry and things should change. The Government has still not promised to change things, but it has promised to ‘investigate’. Now […]

Funny stories from around the world

Some more funny and random headlines from around the world: New Yorker writes King James Bible: A retired interior designer from New York state is finishing up his handwritten copy of the King James Bible, after four years and 2,400 pages. Ancient bone-headed dinosaur found: Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of […]

Books I have read: Only Half Of Me: British and Muslim: The Conflict Within

I finished reading Only Half Of Me: British and Muslim: The Conflict Within by Rageh Omaar last night.  I found it a fascinating read as he describes both the personal tensions and cultural tensions he has seen over his life and the way in which society makes big assumptions against British Muslims. Following 9/11 and […]