politics and policy

The biggest crisis facing Britain? Too many parents don’t have a clue how to raise children
Daily Mail, 10 August 2010
By Frank Field.

DfE response to public comments on the coalition agreement on families and children
Department for Education, 30 July 2010
We welcome the comments made in response to the families and children agenda set out in The Coalition: Our Programme for Government.

Early intervention: Key to giving disadvantaged children the opportunities they deserve
Department for Education, 28 July 2010
An independent commission into early intervention, which aims to ensure that children at greatest risk of multiple disadvantage get the best start in life, will be chaired by Graham Allen MP, confirmed Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith and Children’s Minister, Sarah Teather, in an announcement today.

Summer camp plan for every teenager
The Times (London), 22 July 2010
Hundreds of thousands of 16-year-olds are to be sent on summer camps at a cost to the taxpayer of up to £1,400 a head under an ambitious national citizen service to be launched by David Cameron today.

Review of Early Years Foundation Stage
Department for Education, 6 July 2010
Children’s Minister Sarah Teather today asked Dame Clare Tickell, Chief Executive of Action for Children, to carry out a review of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) so that it is less bureaucratic and more focused on young children’s learning and development.

Munro Review of child protection – call for evidence
Department for Education, 1 July 2010
Starting today, Professor Munro would like to hear evidence for her review of children’s social work. The wide-ranging review was announced last month with the aim to remove barriers and bureaucracy so that social workers can get more face-to-face time with children and families.

Clegg outlines plans to improve children’s fortunes
BBC News Online, 17 June 2010
Nick Clegg has outlined plans to make the UK a better place for children, saying for too many childhood is a time of 'stress, anxiety and insecurity'.

Frank Field, the ‘poverty czar’, wants to help improve parenting
The Times, 11 June 2010
Parents, and crucially parents-to-be, want to know how to do it well, he believed, which prompted him to start work on the parenting guide.

The Coalition: our programme for government (Families and children)
HM government, 10 June 2010
The Government believes that strong and stable families of all kinds are the bedrock of a strong and stable society. That is why we need to make our society more family friendly, and to take action to protect children from excessive commercialisation and premature sexualisation.

Schools, Sure Start and 16–19 protected in Government savings
Department for Education, 24 May 2010
Government today announced schools, Sure Start and 16-19 education spending will be protected in 2010-11 - with £670 million of in-year savings to help tackle the £156 billion deficit.

Gordon Brown says farewell to his ‘second most important job’
Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2010
Gordon Brown left Downing Street for the final time, his voice cracking with emotion as he resigned the premiership and declared: 'Thank you and goodbye'.

The single mother’s manifesto
The Times, 14 April 2010
David Cameron says the ‘nasty party’ that castigated people like me has changed. I’m not buying it. By J.K. Rowling.

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