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“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Smacking children; it’s a divisive topic and, to many, an outdated notion.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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It’s the sequel no-one wanted.  Lockdown 2. The latest instalment in a long-running saga for which no finale has yet been scripted. The shutters are going up once again, restrictions tightened, and freedoms limited. There can be no question, this has implications for us all. COVID-19 – and all that it entails – is a...
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The coronavirus experience. Good or bad? How has it been for you?  These are questions we posed on our blog a little earlier this month, the first of a two-part post looking at life in lockdown, with the focus on the problems posed for parents during the most difficult days in quarantine, with classrooms closed,...
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Ever thought about anxiety? Where it comes from? How it influences and affects those closest to us? Is it, for instance, genetic or a product of our environment? Should we be thinking about such things in altogether different terms? Most people, we think it’s fair to say, don’t have such thoughts or ever ask such...
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