Alison Figueiredo: Why I care at home

Before I had my son I was a Digital Marketing manager for a film company.My son was born in March 2012 in the Royal London, Whitechapel. The beginning of our time together was so fraught...

David Paton: Has Facebook cut teen pregnancies?

In yesterday's post, I explained some of the factors that might explain the dramatic fall in teenage pregnancy rates experienced in England since 2008. Although there were several plausible candidates (demographic change, better educational...
baby womb

Philippa Taylor: Doctor first, abortion second. Women don’t want to change the rules

Doctor knows best. Those who are adamantly ‘pro-choice’ and fighting for abortion to be freely available on request, will disagree with this; because for years abortion campaigners have fought to remove the need for...

Chris McGovern: DfE speech on teaching maths found wanting

Yesterday, the minister concerned, Liz Truss, announced that, "There is a growing political consensus around the importance of maths education...". That such a statement of the obvious has to be made should be a...
Underage pregnancy

David Paton: Send for Sherlock Holmes. The riddle of falling teen pregnancies

Teenage pregnancy hit the headlines recently with the welcome news that the rate of underage conceptions in England decreased in 2012 for the fifth successive year and is now at the lowest rate since the...
Westminster

Jill Kirby: Beware the Lib-Lab-Con consensus

With debts of more than a trillion pounds and still rising, why is the government still spending upwards of £4 billion a year on childcare subsidies without having any evidence that the money is...

Sally Goddard Blythe: Take the iPad off the toddler

There is nothing new in the concept that the first three years of life lay the foundations for the remainder, but as we live through a technological revolution, just as powerful in its impact...

Laura Perrins: Why is being a bossy girl now a crime?

A plane has fallen out of the sky and Russian boots might march upon the Ukraine, but truly, I tell you, there is something even more menacing out there. Somewhere, a little girl is being...

James Bartholomew: Which families does the State support?

Edited extract from The Welfare State We’re In by James Bartholomew (Biteback 2014, £14.99). Buy on Amazon here. The welfare plan outlined by Lord Beveridge in his 1942 report had no special provision for lone parents...

Kathy Gyngell: The first commandment of family policy is ‘thou shalt not offend’

A prior concern not to offend, to be deemed judgmental, let alone to actually judge, has clouded three decades of family policy. For years anything that might seem to cast an aspersion on lone...