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2021
“If adults are to learn one thing from this report, it should be as follows. This is not a snowflake generation. It is a heroic generation.” – Dame Rachel de Souza DBE. Children’s Commissioner for England, 2021. Back in March, the Children’s Commissioner’s office embarked on an ambitious undertaking.  The purpose?  To ‘hear the voices...
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Smacking children; it’s a divisive topic and, to many, an outdated notion. Both in Wales and Scotland, it’s an illegal act, yet here in England it’s a greyer area altogether. Smacking might be considered questionable from a moral perspective, but from a legal standpoint it can still be justified as ‘reasonable chastisement’. Boundaries, let’s not...
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‘It’s good to talk…’ This was, in the mid-to-late 1990s, a ubiquitous slogan used in a popular BT advertising campaign. In making this point, we’re showing our age, although that concerns us not. For be it back in the nineties, when an award-winning advert first aired on television screens across the United Kingdom, or now,...
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First the good news: Teenagers and adolescents have begun to turn their backs on smoking, drinking and drugs. Young people classed as belonging to Generation Z – those born during the post-Millennial period, that is – are demonstrating clear behavioural changes that are to be applauded. Smoking in adolescence?  Down from 9% to 5% (compared...
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Lockdown is easing, the UK starting to reopen closed doors and life looking a little more normal once again. Spring is in the air and the sun is shining. Easter behind us, children back at school, and summer on the horizon and looming large. The reasons for optimism ought to be abundant. But still… For...
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Sam Holness has a superpower.  It makes him different, not like the other athletes. It gives him, he believes, an edge, a strength that he plans to put to good use as he strives to realise his sporting dreams. That edge? That strength? That superpower? It’s autism. Sam was three when the diagnosis was made,...
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Feeling helpless. Victimhood. Disengagement.  For obvious reasons, such feelings are commonplace at the current time, more than ever perhaps, such is life in lockdown, the COVID crisis leaving us all grasping for control, unable to do much more than tread water and await our respective fates. Such feelings then are, to a certain extent, inevitable;...
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