Who are the 'troubled families'?

Posted by Emma Scowcroft /

Tuesday 03 December 2013 / Professional relationships
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The troubled families programme is back in the news with both the National Audit Office and Eric Pickles agreeing that lives have been 'turned around' because of it. However, amidst the numbers and political jargon it’s easy to forget the real families who are at the heart of this...

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Our #takeoverday at Action for Children

Posted by AfC Policy and campaigns /

Friday 29 November 2013 / Participation
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As part of the Children’s Commissioner Takeover Day, young people from our services have been taking over our offices.

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Bringing the theories to life: why we interviewed children and families

Posted by Douglas Dowell /

Monday 25 November 2013 / Cost of living, Case studies, The Red Book
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For Red Book 2013 we spoke directly to some of the families we work with, to get their views on what life is like for them.

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An out of date law and an out of date system?

Posted by Shelley Hopkinson /

Friday 22 November 2013 / Child neglect, Law, Emotional neglect
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Today MPs should have had a chance to debate the criminal law on child neglect in Parliament. The debate didn’t happen and we’re again disappointed that a chance to protect children has been missed.

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Victims of child neglect deliver their stories to Prime Minister

Posted by James Blair /

Tuesday 19 November 2013 / Child neglect, Law, Emotional neglect
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Tina and Collette both suffered neglect as children. They hand-delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron telling him their stories and asking for his support in changing the out of date child neglect law.

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The story so far: see our Storify slideshow of Red Book 2013 coverage

Posted by AfC Policy and campaigns /

Monday 18 November 2013 / The Red Book, Statistics

We've compiled the best of our media coverage, tweets and comments for Red Book 2013 into a handy Storify slideshow. Take a look to follow the story so far...

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Putting food on the table: the cost of living for our families

Posted by Douglas Dowell /

Friday 15 November 2013 / Cost of living, Children's centres, The Red Book
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For families whose income has gone down, every penny counts – and as the cost of living goes up the struggle to make ends meet gets even harder. Read Helen's story, explaining the tough decisions she has to make on a daily basis.

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Early intervention works, but austerity is its biggest threat

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‘Early intervention’ seems to be the concept of the moment - it’s snappy, it’s punchy and it sounds like we mean business. But early intervention isn't one ‘ta-da!’ moment, it’s a lengthy complicated journey.

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Pictures: we take #changeneglectlaw campaign to Parliament

Posted by James Blair /

Tuesday 12 November 2013 / Child neglect, Law, Emotional neglect
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Supporters from across the UK met MPs from all the major parties in the Houses of Commons last week, at our event on child neglect law. Here's Sylvia's account of the day.

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Are threats to children’s centres damaging children’s life chances?

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Children’s centres in England are under threat. What works within these vital community resources needs to be protected, to ensure that vulnerable children are given the best possible start in life.

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