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Mother's perceived social status predicts child's brain development, stress indicators

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A Speech Therapy Tool Kids Love

Welcome to SpeechTails, a fun and affordable speech therapy tool for children. We offer an engaging, self-directed toolbox to encourage speech …

Child Psychology, Explained: What Makes Kids Tick?

Child psychology is one of the many branches of psychology and one of the most frequently studied specialty areas. This particular branch focuses on …

7 of the Best-Known Theories of Child Development

Child development theories focus on explaining how children change and grow over the course of childhood. Such theories center on various aspects of …

Our 'child protection’ system is an international scandal

Children of foreign families resident in the UK are being seized by social workers on an astonishing scale<p>A remarkable meeting recently took place at the House of Commons, organised by John Hemming, the only MP who for years has been battling on behalf of those thousands of families being torn …

Child protection: try walking in the social worker's shoes

It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't attitude that social workers find themselves confronted by, says our blogger<p>The first office I worked in had two pictures side by side on the smoking room wall showing a social worker being lynched. In one, the crowd said: "Why didn't they do something?" …

Accused of child abuse: A family's story

Julie and Keiron were adjusting to life with their new baby. She worked at home, he was soon to start a new job as a nanny. Then, one day, the police came to the door ...<p><b>Julie's story</b><p>It's a Tuesday like any other. Then, in the afternoon, there's a knock at the door. The dog starts barking and wakes …

Child protection: why cross-agency inspections are vital

It is all agencies' responsibility to safeguard children, and inspections should reflect this fact<p>In her review of child protection, Eileen Munro addressed the subject of inspections. She acknowledged how stressful the inspection process is for social workers and recommended that inspections are …

Five ways the government can support child protection

Being measured rather than panicked after terrible events helps avoid disruptive changes and is more constructive<p>The protection of children in England, and across the United Kingdom, is a story of relative success. This may not be recognised by those informed by a tabloid press which, when terrible …

Our Children's Health: A Focus on Physical Fitness

With about a month left of my children's summer vacation, I can't help but think back on my own experiences growing up. I remember the days of playing classic outdoor games like Hide and Seek, Hopscotch, and Freeze Tag, or simply biking to the park with friends in my neighborhood. It's no secret …

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Report finds 87% of young people in NSW prisons have mental health issues

Early intervention could save millions of dollars and prevent people spending a lifetime in the criminal justice system<p>People with a mental health disorder or cognitive impairment in New South Wales are six to nine times more likely to be in prison than those without a disability, but early …

Live chat: how can IT be most helpful in health and social care?

Join us on Friday 03 May from 12-2pm to discuss how managers can implement technology to maximise scarce resources<p>Technology can have a transformational effect on healthcare , according to the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, in response to the Caldicott Review on information governance in health and …

Roundup: tackling stress among social care workers

Our latest online discussion considered what employers could do to help reduce stress among staff<p><b>Peter Hay is strategic director of adults and communities at Birmingham city council</b><p><b>Relationships can be stressful:</b> Social care is fundamentally about the relationship between workers and people who are …

Social services for vulnerable children in England to be privatised

Serco may be among firms bidding for contracts as Labour show concern over removal of checks that safeguard standards<p>The government is planning to allow outsourcing firms to bid for contracts to manage social services for vulnerable children in England – while dropping laws allowing the removal of …

Does becoming a parent affect your social work practice?

One expectant mother, who works in child protection, considers the impact of being pregnant on her professional role<p>As the lead social worker on child protection cases, often undertaking pre-birth assessments and section 47 investigations, part of my development as a practitioner has been to accept …

Beyond the work programme: social enterprises get people back to work

How social enterprises are bringing innovative approaches to the business of getting people back to work<p>Helping people return to, or stay in, work has been dominated by the Work Programme of late. But away from the large prime contractors working for payment by results, an innovative collection of …

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The Oxford Dictionary Is Changing The Definition Of 'Marriage' To Include Gay Couples

Currently, the prestigious dictionary defines marriage as the "formal union of a man and a woman, typically as recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife."<p>A secondary definition adds, "(in some jurisdictions) a union between partners of the same sex."<p>Now, the new definition will …

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