Past articles from The Stream, featuring informative news on government polices, education and therapuetic advances.

Children of Kabul photo gallery

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This photo gallery produced by CBBC’s Newsround shows children in Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan. The hills surrounding the…

Traditional family a myth

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Academic Professor Pat Thane has challenged the idea that British children predominantly grew up in two-parent families until the 1960s…

Atos quitting £500m ‘fit for work’ contract early

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Atos Healthcare has quit their contract to deliver fit-for-work assessments for the government. There has been increasing concern over the…

Children’s hyperactivity ‘is not a real disease’, says US expert

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Dr Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy visited Britain this week as a guest of the Early Intervention Foundation.…

In the child’s time: professional responses to neglect

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Last week Ofsted released their report on the effectiveness of services to safeguard children from neglect. The paper summarises the…

Children’s hearings (Scotland) act 2011 “one year on”

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The Scottish Child Law Centre is running an event on Friday 16th May in Edinburgh to assess the impact of…

How schools could deliver transformational change and put equity at the heart of education

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This report by Brian Boyd, former secondary teacher and current professor of education at the University of Strathclyde, examines the…

Children urged to read to dogs, perfect listeners

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As Kevin mentioned above, last week the BBC ran an article on the Bark and Read programme. The basis of…

I am posters

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There has been a great poster doing the rounds on social media that presents what children need at different stages…

Vulnerable children and their carers are being let down by Scotland’s politicians

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Part of the recent Children and Young People (Scotland) bill was to introduce a new legal status called a kinship…

Bully or bullied, social skills are key

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Recent research from the Australian Institute of Family Studies looked to examine the long-term impact of bullying. The study used…

The best way to put kid’s hair up in a pony

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After finding this clip online we had a lot of discussion in the With Kids office about our fathers trying…

Amazing LEGO recreations of classic movie scenes

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LEGO has been a firm favourite of many generations of children - and adults too. Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki is clearly…

Children of older men at greater risk of mental illness, study suggests

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Recent research carried out by Indiana University and the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm examined the medical and educational records of…

NICE guidelines when to suspect child maltreatment

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These guidelines produced by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence provide guidance on factors that should alert you…

Workforce review into early learning and childcare announced across Scotland

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A review of Scotland’s early years workforce is due to take place shortly. It will be led by Professor Iram…

14 year old's reversible poem takes web by storm

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A poem written by a 14 year old has gone viral after his brother tweeted a picture of it. On…

Scottish parliament passes children’s bill

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The Scottish Parliament has recently passed the Children and Young People bill. Some elements of the bill have been heavily…

Scientists discover most relaxing tune ever

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Scientists claim to have discovered the most relaxing tune ever in a study commissioned by Radox Spa. Weightless by Manchester…

Notre Dame extends support to burdened kinship carers

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The Notre Dame Centre supports the social, psychological and educational wellbeing of children, young people and families through therapeutic work.…

Thousands of UK children younger than 10 treated for depression

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It was reported this week that 4,391 children under the age of 10 had been treated for depression in the…

UAE breastfeeding

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A law has been passed in the United Arab Emirates that requires mothers to breastfeed their children until they are…

Michael Gove’s punishment policy won’t solve discipline problems

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In this piece Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of Kid’s Company, respond to Michael Gove’s suggestion that we return to more traditional…

Schools enlisted to combat female genital mutilation

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Female genital mutilation (FGM) takes many different forms but it traditionally involves the full or partial removal of young girls’…

Glasgow City Council Parks

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Glasgow City Council has recently proposed new park management rules. Under these new guidelines you would be unable to do…

Neuroscience journal edited by kids, for kids

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A new scientific journal named Frontiers for Young Minds is about to be launched in the US. This journal is…

Brief: Reflections on childhood, trauma and society

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This e-book written by Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy consists of a number of short essays and commentaries.…

The impact of health inequalities in the early years to be investigated by the Health Committee

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Research suggests socio-economic factors such as where you live and your income can have a large impact on your health…

Calls reporting child abuse to charity surged by 30% in past year

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NSPCC Scotland has announced that there was a 30% increase in calls to their helpline last year from people who…

Laughing baby Ethan

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This clip shows baby Ethan’s reaction to playing with Dad and some newspaper. It serves as an enjoyable reminder that…

School sport ‘spoiled’ by parents

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It was reported last week that a Head Teacher in a north London school has written a guide for parents…

Scotland’s mental health: Children and young people 2013

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Last month NHS Health Scotland released a report that provides the first systematic assessment of mental health in Scotland, presenting…

Forcing children to kiss family members 'could affect their sexual development'

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When commenting on a recent survey on sexual attitudes and lifestyle Lucy Emmerson, coordinator of the Sex Education Forum in…

Fairness and friends: The foundation of good mental health at any age

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In this piece Clare Allen considers what makes children happy. She enlists the help of a four year old and…

Belgium divided on euthanasia for children

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The Senate in Belgium have passed a draft bill to extend the right to die to terminally ill children who…

How to help our most vulnerable children: Camila Batmanghelidjh

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In this TED talk Camila Batmanghelidjh, psychotherapist and founder of Kids Company, discusses the impact trauma can have on children…

10 bizarre objects found in ‘cool’ offices

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On Wednesday the BBC magazine ran a feature on the coolest offices in the UK. Many companies are now designing…

MSPs sent Christmas wish list from children living in care system

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A group of young people who live or have lived in the care system are lobbying the Scottish Government to…

Family nurse scheme for teenage mothers extended

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The Family Nurse Partnership is a licensed programme that aims to improve maternal health, child health and child development. It…

Monitoring poverty and social exclusion 2013

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This month the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released their annual report on poverty and social exclusion. It shows that 13 million…

I wrote the Anarchist Cookbook in 1969. Now I see its premise as flawed.

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Over 40 years ago William Powell wrote the Anarchist Cookbook in order to protest against America’s involvement in the Vietnam…

100 quotes from social workers that the government shouldn’t ignore

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Community Care recently surveyed 600 social workers from across the UK. A majority (88%) of the respondents said austerity measures…

Hetain Patel: Who am I? Think again

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In this TED talk artist Hetain Patel plays with our preconceptions to explore identity, language and accent. In his performance…

SCRA Annual Report 2012/13

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The Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration has released their annual report for 2012/13. Their figures reveal that 22,561 children were referred…

Do we want our laptops to know when we’re in a bad mood?

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Scientists are working on computers that have the capability to recognise the emotions of the user. Previous versions have used…

Play Fair presents “A toy for everyone”

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The Play Fair campaign’s main focus is promoting gender equality - particularly in early years development. They believe that toys…

Scottish independence: Alex Salmond outlines childcare ‘savings’

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The white paper on Scottish Independence was released this week. Included in the 670 page document are plans to increase…

Children to stay with foster families until 21

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On Wednesday the Minister for Children and Families Edward Timpson announced the introduction of a £40 million fund to provide…

Trauma, brain and relationship: Helping children heal

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There is a growing body of research that examines that impact of trauma on the brain.

Forgotten connection: reviving the concept of upbringing in Scottish child welfare

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Last month’s edition of the Scottish Journal of Residential Childcare included a paper on the concept of upbringing. It draws…

Managing communities at a local level – live discussion

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Discussions around local approaches to managing community services have increased in recent months due to the Government’s renewed interest in…

Ted Hughes on the universal inner child, in a moving letter to his son

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This extract from a letter Ted Hughes wrote to his son Nicholas explores the concept of inner child.

Why are love and care no longer part of child social work?

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In this article Julie Rix meets social worker Jenni Randall and one of her early clients, David Akinsanya, who have…

Family experts demand changes to increase protection for minors

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Proposals to amend current legislation criminalise emotional neglect are due to be debated in parliament today.

Are children given too many toys?

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With Christmas approaching it’s difficult to escape the numerous adverts for new and expensive toys. After having to pack her…

Pretty faces gain children’s trust

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Pretty faces gain children’s trust Scientists have found that children are more likely to trust adults with attractive faces. The…

The play deficit

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In this piece Peter Gray discusses the differences between his own childhood and the way children experience life today. He…

Young British army recruits at higher risk of PTSD and suicide, says report

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A recent report has found that soldiers who join the army before they are 18 are more likely to experience…

Disowned and disabled

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This series looks at the history of residential care in the UK. It uses a combination of case studies, interviews…

Lloyds bank family savings report

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As mentioned in Kevin’s piece above, a recent survey by Lloyds Bank found that parents pay out £44bn per year…

Russell Brand on Newsnight

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This week Russell Brand was interviewed by Jeremy Paxman about his role as guest editor for political and cultural magazine…

Study claims children in nurseries ‘more likely’ to be hyperactive

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A recent study by Oxford University’s Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that children who attended group care like…

My enlightening interview with an attachment expert

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This blog post describes an interview with Dr Robert Marvin, Director of the Mary D. Ainsworth Child-Parent Attachment Clinic. It states…

Continuous child detention in the UK

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The UK Home Office recently published figures that demonstrate the numbers of immigrant children being detained has almost doubled since…

Your job or your children – why must we choose?

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Thirty years on from having her own children Geraldine Beddell wrote this week of her shock at how little has…

Ofsted social care annual report 2012/13

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Last week Ofsted released their first annual social care report. Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector of schools and social care, controversially…

Life meet death: talking to kids about death

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Talking to children about death is a difficult thing to do. In this article Robert Warren explores ways to help…

Neuroscience uncovers emotions of man’s best friend

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As many animal lovers have long suspected, scientists have now found that dogs show emotion similar to humans. Gregory Berns…

Famous photographs in play doh

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Eleanor McNair started re-creating her favourite photographs using play doh after attending a pub quiz where the toy dough was…

Rewild the child

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In this piece George Monbiot makes a case for outdoor education. Research has found that children who spend time learning…

Malala vs Miley – who’s your role model?

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The transformation of Miley Cyrus from wholesome Disney character Hannah Montana to controversial young pop star has been well documented…

MP Paul Maynard suggests food banks could become a 'habit' for people in poverty

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Food bank charity the Trussell Trust recently stated that more than 6,000 children in Scotland needed food parcels in the…

Porn on the Brain

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As part of Channel 4’s Campaign for Real Sex they are showing a documentary next week called Porn on the…

Blind spot: The impact of missed early warning signs on children’s mental health

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This month the Centre for Children’s Advocacy in the US released research that demonstrates the long-term consequences of failing to…

Syria’s traumatised children: a national security concern

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As a result of the war in Syria more than two million children have been displaced inside the country and…

Do smartphones kill happiness?

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A clip of comedian Louis C. K. telling Conan O’Brien why he doesn’t give his kids smartphones has gone viral.…

Children’s brains will be scanned in University of Melbourne study

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A study at the University of Melbourne will use MRI technology to scan children’s brains at age 8 and then…

Vulnerable children ‘left in family home too long’

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Last week a committee of MSPs found that children were being left in the family home for too long and…

Brené Brown: Listening to shame

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In this TED talk Brené Brown explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. She proposes that empathy…

Why parenting can never have a rule book: children's genetics significantly affect how they are parented

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A recent meta-analysis of numerous studies involving more than 14,600 pairs of twins has demonstrated that children's genetics can significantly…

Start schooling later than five, say experts

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An open letter signed by 127 leading figures (including a former Children’s Commissioner for England) suggests that we should allow…

The cost of a child in 2013

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At the end of August the Child Poverty Action Group released a report that found parents struggle now more than…

Social workers face jail in row over parental access

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Two social workers will face a court hearing later this month over allegations that they went against the orders of…

The early years educational underclass is a handy moralisers' myth

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In this piece Zoe Williams responds to the recent research from the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) that Kevin refers…

The men who made us thin

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The BBC is currently running a series called the men who made us thin. In this four-part series Jacques Peretti…

Raising an obese child isn’t child abuse – and blaming parents won’t solve the problem

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In this opinion piece columnist Natasha Devon comments on a television debate where it was suggested that childhood obesity is…

Child poverty in Britain is causing social apartheid

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Research released from the National Children’s Bureau this week has found that significantly more children are growing up in relative…

Attachment matters for all – an attachment mapping exercise for children’s services in Scotland

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This paper provides a comprehensive overview of how attachment theory is used in practice in Scotland, including a number of…

What is the purpose of children’s support plans?

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Co-ordinated support plans (CSPs) are individual plans that are created to identify and address the additional support needs of children…

Delusional people see the world through their mind’s eye

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Research conducted by neuroscientists in Germany examined the relationship between delusional tendencies and perception. They found that healthy adults who…

Conference: capacity in question

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The Scottish Child Law Centre are running a conference on how we assess and enforce children’s capacity to make decisions…

Mother’s self-image affects child’s brain development

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A recent study found that children of mothers who saw themselves as having a low social status were more likely…

Our pity for child victims must also extend to the ones that survive

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In this opinion piece Tanya Gold examines the public reaction to child deaths through abuse or neglect. She makes a…

US probes use of antipsychotic drugs on children

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The Wall Street Journal reported this week that federal health officials in America have launched an investigation into the use…

NSPCC safeguarding in education service

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In April NSPCC released this briefing on the role of schools, academies and colleges in addressing neglect. This was in…

Dealing with child protection issues: coping with involvement as a teacher

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In this article a teacher who has worked in education for 30 years describes the personal and professional impact of child protection.…

Dumb ways to die

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This week Network Rail released another video compilation of people having accidents at railway stations in a bid to reduce…

Why I blew the whistle on ATOS fit for work interviews

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Doctor Greg Wood came to public attention when he gave evidence to the BBC that suggested Employment Support Allowance (the…

Happiness index shows ‘small improvement’ in 2013, ONS says

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A recent survey by the Office for National Statistics shows an increase in people’s happiness in the UK. The percentage…

Failed by the NHS

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In this documentary Johnny Benjamin, who has schizoaffective disorder, investigates why many young people with mental illness are failing to…

Play Strategy

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The new play strategy was released last month by the Scottish Government. The document outlines the ways that play fits…

The City of Play

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Grant Menzies and Bobby Lee, the architects behind Glasgow-based company the City of Play believe in the need to develop an…

Howard League for Penal Reform: stripping away abuse

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In the first issue of the Stream we included an article on the extensive practice of strip searching children in…

Children and young people’s views on child protection

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Last week the Scottish Government released a paper on children’s views of the current child protection process. It was compiled…

Class divide in boys’ reading skills shown in PISA scores

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Research for the educational charity the Sutton Trust has shown that the gap between the reading abilities of boys from…

Local authorities and child poverty: balancing threats and opportunities

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This week in the news it has been reported that the cost of child poverty in Glasgow City Council is…

Dismay as reform fails to stop criminal records for children

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As mentioned above by Kevin, a recent campaign by a number of children’s groups and charities sought to have the…

John Carnochan

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In this video John Carnochan talks about why early years intervention is a crucial tool to tackle violent crimes. He…

Let toys be toys: FAQs

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The issue of gender-specific labelling of toys has recently been highlighted by the Let Toys Be Toys campaign mentioned above…

Swedish toy catalogue goes gender neutral

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Last Christmas the Swedish Top Toy Group released a Christmas catalogue that aimed to be gender neutral. It showed boys…

Councils and Homeless Teenagers

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A number of case reviews have shown that children’s services and agencies are letting down vulnerable young people. Research presented…

Public Social Partnerships

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This month the Scottish Government released an evaluation of the Reducing Reoffending Change Fund which consists of public social partnerships…

Hard up families struggling to feed children in school holidays

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STV reported this week that 21% of households in Scotland have experienced food poverty in the last six months. As…

Colin Early Intervention Neighbourhood

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The area of Colin was the largest deprived area in Northern Ireland - 42% of 16-19 years olds there had…

Teaching Children Manners Breeds Empathy

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In this piece psychologist and counsellor Marie Hartwell-Walker discusses the link between manners and empathy. She argues that social rituals…

Commission on women offenders

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This research from the Scottish Government provides an overview of women in prison in Scotland. In part 2 of the…

Third sector strategic funding partnerships

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The government has released details of the 45 organisations with which they will form third sector strategic funding partnerships. This…

Over 100 children admitted to adult mental health services

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Last week figures were released from the Mental Health Commission in Ireland which showed that 106 children were admitted to…

We hate to be called a food bank

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This week the Guardian ran an article profiling the Matthew Tree Project in Bristol. The founder Mark Goodway explains that…

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species? (Video)

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In this entertaining TED talk Juan Enriquez, founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, discusses evolution in…

Should schools teach about porn? A letter to concerned parents.

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In this blog piece a sex education teacher (and parent) discusses some of the recent headlines regarding sex education and…

Internet safety: Newsround – Caught in the web

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This video, narrated by David Tennant, is a great resource for using with children. It explores some of the difficulties…

A new awakening for therapeutic social work

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Two professionals contribute opinions on why training social workers in psychotherapy would benefit the families that they work with, the…

Pediatricians warned children of military personnel face mental health risks

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A study by the American Academy of Paediatrics found that children with parents in the military may face an increased…

Despite witnessing the Woolwich murder, I still have faith in humanity

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Musician and filmmaker Boya Dee came to the public’s attention when he tweeted his observations on the recent Woolwich murder. …

Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes

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In Finland maternity packages (containing items like bedding, clothing and books) or grants are available to all pregnant women –…

Susan Cain: The power of introverts (TED Talk)

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In this TED talk Susan Cain discusses the difficulties of being an introvert in a culture that places great value…

Police retain DNA from thousands of children

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According to figures released by the Howard League for Penal Reform this week the DNA of 123,769 children have been taken…

Inspiring impact: A good practice case study

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In Issue 4 we included an article on the difficulties of measuring impact when working with people. This report from…

Toy Stories

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This project by photographer Gabriele Galimberti features children from different countries. Using the universal medium of toys, it provides a real…

Campaigns

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This week the charity Who Cares? Scotland launched their ‘It’s Time to Listen’ campaign that aims to challenge the prejudices…

Epigenetics: How our life experiences affect our offspring

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Epigenetics is the study of how genes are activated and deactivated by life experiences. Traditionally, the impact of parental trauma…

Leaving your childhood behind to become a good parent

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Clinical psychologist Lisa Firestone considers ways to avoid re-enacting as parents the less desirable traits our own parents showed to…

Children & Loss

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This short piece by Bruce Perry examines the impact loss, including bereavement, has on children. It also looks at the…

Fourfold rise in children who need extra support

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It was recently reported that in the past 10 years there has been a fourfold increase in children diagnosed with…

12 year old lifer

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Some of you may have watched ‘12 year old lifer’ on television last week. It told the story of Paul…

The day the sea went out and never came back – Margot Sunderland

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This illustrated book can be a good resource to use with children who are experiencing bereavement. The central character is…

Will strain on children’s hearings affect decisions?

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The introduction of a new computer system at the Scottish Children’s Reporters’ Administration (SCRA) has apparently caused a substantial amount…

The Magic of Truth and Lies

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This short video from magician Marco Tempest is a light-hearted exploration of the concept of truth using the skill of…

Third Sector Early Intervention Fund (TSEIF)

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The table of awards for the initial £20 million allocation of the Third Sector Early Invention fund have been released.…

Minister pledges overhaul of 'shameful' child protection rules after Rochdale 'watershed'

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Edward Timpson, the Minister for Children and Young People in England, has this week announced plans to review the procedures…

Social impact measurement: time to admit defeat?

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In this piece James Perry, chief executive of social investment foundation Panahpur, discusses the extent to which we are truly…

Kinship carers ‘unable to afford basic necessities’

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Last week, Buttle UK released a report on kinship care. Although each child raised with a kinship carer saves the…

Te Ara Diverse Families

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In Māori ‘Te ara’ means ‘the pathway’. Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand project tries to connect pathways of…

Investing in families: A review of Big Lottery Fund Scotland’s investment in family support projects

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Sanders recently conducted a review of 23 Big Lottery funded family support projects, including With Kids. This comprehensive report describes…

How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything

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The Element is the point at which natural talent meets personal passion. In this ground breaking book, world renowned creativity…

10 lies we’re told about welfare

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Since the last bulletin a number of the new welfare reforms have come into force throughout the UK. In this…

Keep the vital spark – burnout in lifeline services in the third sector

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A recent study has shown that frontline charity workers are frequently emotionally and physically exhausted by work. An interesting point…

Five year olds damaged by rise of ‘spoon-fed’ teaching

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The telegraph reports this week that pupils in their first year of primary school are failing to get enough time…

The need for "wild" play: Let children be the animals they need to be

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Evolutionary biologist Marc Bekoff argues that free play, including risk-taking, is essential to enhance deep biological processes in order to…

Profile of a project

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The initial phase of the Wee Democracy project was carried out by the Children’s Parliament between 2005 and 2008. It…

Academic Articles - Risky Play and Children’s Safety

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An article published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health explores the balance between keeping children safe…

Child Protection - Social Work Statistics Scotland

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Last week the Scottish Government released the social work statistics for 2011-12. The additional tables released with the main document…

Training & Conferences

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With Kids is hosting training delivered by Dr Bruce Perry of the Child Trauma Academy in Houston (www.childtrauma.org). The early…

Brain Development

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The BBC reported last weekend that Dr Teresa Belton, researcher at the University of East Anglia, believes the constant pressure…

From a child’s view

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This powerful video, produced by the Children’s Parliament, consists solely of young people from 7 to 15 talking about their…

Soapbox - Opinions from around the web

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There has been a troubling increase in the number of children prescribed medication for behavioural problems and depressive-like symptoms. This…

Book Review

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Far from the Tree: A Dozen Kinds of Love by Andrew Solomon Inspired by his own childhood, this new book…

Health

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A recent news story estimates that over one million children in England who should be getting free school meals are…

Government and Policy

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The Scottish Government’s National Parenting Strategy has one section with a specific focus on fathers - in particular on aiming to…

Academic Articles - Listening to Fathers

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Research by Circle demonstrates the negative experience of many of the fathers involved in child protection in Scotland. A number of…

Child Protection - Strip searches carried out on children as young as 12

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A freedom of information request has shown that over a 21 month period 43,960 strip searches were carried out on…