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Children are turning up to school sick because their parents cannot afford to take time off to care for them, teachers have claimed. School staff are also still seeing youngsters arriving for lessons hungry, tired and wearing inappropriate clothes due to a continuing squeeze on family finances, according to the…
The aim of the research was to explore the costs of short break services for disabled children and their families. The study also sought to understand the contracting and commissioning process, including the factors that inform decision making processes and the management of budgets. The research was commissioned by Action…
A new film about the isolation that can be felt by new mothers had its first public screening in Bristol last night. The film was screened at the Silai Centre, at an event entitled Mothers, Work and Austerity. The film, Atomised Mothers, is the work of Dr Michal Nahman from…
How attainment levels for school pupils with a sensory impairment can be improved is to be the focus of a short inquiry announced today by the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee. As part of its year-long work on attainment, the Committee is asking parents, teachers, interested organisations and children…
Children have suffered disproportionately from the Government's austerity measures, a committee of MPs and peers has found. The committee said there was evidence that specific pieces of legislation "run directly counter to the principle of protecting the most disadvantaged", highlighting the decision to restrict rises in working-age benefits to 1%…
Think Personal Act Local (TLAP) together with National Voices have published a new report called, 'My life, my support, my choice – A narrative for person-centred coordinated care and support for children and young people with complex lives'. The report sets out how good, coordinated - or integrated- support looks…
Extra money for mental health services will be included in next week's Budget, Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander has revealed. The package will include £8.5 million over five years to support veterans as well as a component for children with mental health problems. Securing more money for mental health has…
Five children die in the UK every day who would have survived if they were living elsewhere in Europe, a new report has said. The "alarming" figure means that 1,825 children under the age of 14 die every year in this country because of shortcomings in the healthcare system. But…
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