Where is emotional child abuse illegal?

Wednesday 15 January 2014 / Children's rights, Emotional neglect, Child neglect, Law

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) is an international human rights treaty giving all children and young people a set of rights. Today is the 22nd anniversary of the treaty coming into force so we're looking at the law on child neglect around the world.

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Paul Goggins MP – a politician from a different mould

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Wednesday 08 January 2014 / Children in care

Paul Goggins MP passed away today. Matt Downie reflects on his life as a campaigner for vulnerable children.

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Lobbying: “It’s just like two people chatting”

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Wednesday 08 January 2014 / Chance to stay, Children in care
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Guest blogger, Kim Warren, is a young person from Wales who's campaigning to give young people a Chance to Stay in foster care until they’re 21. Here’s what happened when she went to talk to her Assembly Member for Wales to try and get him on-board.

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Scotland have raised the stakes on care leaving

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Tuesday 07 January 2014 / Chance to stay, Children in care

Yesterday’s announcement by the Scottish Government was a ground breaking one. They announced that from April 2015, young people in care will have a right to stay until the age of 21. Scotland have trumped England, and the rest of the UK, by extending support for young people in all forms of care – not just foster care – which is why it’s ground breaking.

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New Year, new resolutions – same old problems

Most New Year’s resolutions are bound to be forgotten by the second week of January. Here are five urgent wishes that for some of the children and young people we work with, will go some way to making their lives better.

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What everyone else did this year

It’s the end of the year, so we decided we needed the obligatory blog post bigging ourselves up for everything we’ve done in 2013. I’m always up for a bit of navel-gazing but after a bit of a brainstorm we realised that we couldn’t have done anything this year without the help of others. So we’re going to big them up instead.

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A dummies guide to helping children

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Tuesday 17 December 2013 / The Red Book, Early intervention

Our boss, Dame Clare Tickell is leaving this week. In her final Huffington Post blog post she points out that there must be a stronger, more consistent emphasis on early intervention services. We agree and here's why.

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The real lives behind our Chance to Stay - Cyfle i Aros campaign

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Thursday 12 December 2013 / Chance to stay, Children in care
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Last week we launched our new campaign to ask the Welsh Government to make sure young people in foster care can stay until they are at least 21. Here are some of the stories of young people, care leavers and foster carers, and why this seemingly simple change matters so much to them.

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Is early intervention a pipe dream?

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Wednesday 11 December 2013 / Early intervention, Children's centres, The Red Book
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Meg Munn MP discusses the future for early intervention and the shift in the threshold for help, recently identified by the social work journal Community Care.

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Is enough being done to protect children’s rights in the UK?

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Tuesday 10 December 2013 / Children's rights
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Guest post from Paola Uccellari, Director of Children's Rights Alliance England. More than 20 years ago, when the UK signed up to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, it agreed to make sure children enjoy their rights. Today is Human Rights Day and is a good time for us to think about whether this has happened in practice.

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