Sure Start numbers plummet as cuts hit children’s services | Politics

Local authority spending cuts have driven a 20% fall in the number of youngsters using Sure Start children’s centres in just four years, with the most dramatic decline occurring in some of England’s poorest areas, a study has found. The Action for Children charity estimates that 1.8 million children used Sure Start centres in England […]

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Sweet makers ‘using cartoon characters to appeal to children’ | Society

Half of food and drink products with popular cartoon characters such as Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol on their packaging are high in fat, saturated fat, sugar and salt, according to a survey. The research has been compiled by a coalition of health groups, which accuses manufacturers and retailers of manipulating children and parents into […]

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‘The FA didn’t stop him’: The long road to justice for Bob Higgins’ abuse victims | UK news

Bob Higgins was the star-maker, the super-coach. He worked with the likes of the former England great Alan Shearer, the Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier and the ex-Chelsea skipper Dennis Wise when they were promising juniors, hungry for success. He was admired – loved is not too strong – by the impressionable schoolboys who believed […]

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Migrant 10-year-old’s death in US custody marks sixth case in a year | US news

US authorities say a 10-year-old girl from El Salvador died last year after being detained by border authorities in a previously unreported case. The death marks the sixth known case in the last year of a child dying after being detained by border officials. The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Wednesday […]

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PM vows to end postcode lottery for domestic abuse victims | Society

The prime minister has vowed to end the postcode lottery for those escaping domestic abuse. Thousands of people seeking refuge from abusive and violent relationships will be better protected by a new legal duty for councils to provide secure homes for them and their children. Announcing the policy on Monday, Theresa May said it was […]

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Headteacher Judy Shaw: ‘My staff are fantastic but they can’t fight poverty’ | Education

On Judy Shaw’s first day as a headteacher, a man came to show her one of the school’s vast brick walls. She recalls: “He said, ‘Is that pointing all right for you then?’ and I stood there and I thought, this job is not what I thought it was going to be.” But 14 years […]

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Pills, gels, customised jockstraps: are we any closer to a male contraceptive? | Society

For Pierre Colin, 72, the search for a viable male contraceptive has been lifelong. As with the female hormonal pill, first prescribed (to married women only) on the NHS in 1961, the history of male contraceptive development is long and complicated. Upon its release, the pill became synonymous with a revolution in sexual freedom. By […]

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Children would rather be influencers or YouTubers than heroes like police officers or firefighters, TV psychologist says

Children would rather be influencers or YouTubers than heroes like police officers or firefighters, TV psychologist says

Children are increasingly aspiring to have careers where they think about themselves rather than about other people, according to The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds psychologist Sam Wass. “It used to be that the popular jobs were the old fashioned jobs, police officer, firefighter. Now they all want to be influencers, YouTubers,” he said. “All […]

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Blue Peter's next presenter unveiled as hunky newbie Richie Driss

Blue Peter’s next presenter unveiled as hunky newbie Richie Driss

Blue Peter’s next presenter has been unveiled as hunky newbie Richie Driss. The celebrity interviewer and writer is taking over from Radzi Chinyanganya, who’s leaving the iconic kids show after five years on-air. Richie, 30, is a relative newcomer to the TV world, but has previously worked as a celebrity interviewer for Joe Media filming […]

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Over 500,000 kids miss their MMR jab as social media scare stories fuel parents' fears

Over 500,000 kids miss their MMR jab as social media scare stories fuel parents’ fears

MORE than half a million kids have not had their measles jabs amid social media scare stories about vaccines.Cases of the deadly virus have increased almost four-fold in England over the past year following a fall in uptake. PA:Press Association More than half a million British kids are unvaccinated against measles NHS boss Simon Stevens […]

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