Our most read stories of 2016

Posted by / Thursday 29 December 2016 / Press release

These are the top 10 stories that you’ve read the most throughout 2016. From unplugging from technology to tips for parenting fussy eaters. Our most popular stories cover a wide spectrum.

We support over 390,000 different children, young people and families across the UK, in many different ways. This means that we can find out about issues and topics that are affecting them.

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Unplugging from Technology

In January, we shared research that nearly “a quarter of parents struggle to get their children to "unplug" and take part in activities away from television, phone and computer screens. Plus we share some ideas to help you unplug and play with your children.

1 in 7 children admit to bullying online

Bullying can damage children’s self-esteem and be detrimental to the child’s mental health. We took a look at how bullying is moving across into the online world and offer tips as to how parents can keep their children safe online.

¼ of parents feel cut off and lonely

The importance of having a support network to rely on was a key highlight of our survey of parents.  We know that becoming a parent doesn’t come with a handbook; you’re always learning and as your children grow their needs, and the skills you need to call on as a parent, change.

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Our policy team campaign for change and make sure vulnerable children and young people are a priority for policy makers.

Children will be losing in the long run

In March, our policy team, working in partnership with National Children’s Bureau and The Children’s Society, explained in this blog how the changes in local government finance would affect services like children’s centres and youth services. You can read their complete report but this blog gives you an overview of the challenging decisions that local councillors are facing in times of austerity.

Exploring how neglect might interact with forms of sexual harm

In partnership with NSPCC, we worked with Research in Practice to investigate the links between neglect and sexual harm. The complexity of these issues means there are no ‘silver bullets’ and the research raises as many questions as they do answers.

How can we know if a child in care is happy

The Alliance for Children in Care and Care Leavers is an organisation that represents all the main voluntary sector organisations who work to support children in care and care leavers. We share a commitment to improving the care system and outcomes of children and young people who spend time in care. This blog details their recommendations to government about how to support the emotional wellbeing of children in care and care leavers.

Mums and tots watch the magic show at Action for Childrens Vancouver Childrens Centre

All families need support at some point. Our children's centres help families turn things around in difficult times with practical and emotional support.

3 tips for parents who have fussy eaters

With over 200 children’s centres across the UK, one topic parents talk to us about is how to get their children to eat the food that has been prepared for them. Our staff in Wigan wrote this handy guide.

What’s in a word – helping your child build their vocabulary

We work with the charity ICAN who are a speech and language specialists. Their team have written a blog on the typical milestones for how and when children learn new words.

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We want every child and young person to have the love, support and opportunity they need to reach their potential. It’s great to share the success stories of the young people that we’ve helped. 

Woman of Influence 2016 award

Each year, we give an award to recognise and celebrate the achievements of a young woman who has grown in confidence, outlook and abilities as a result of the support received from one of our services in Scotland. In 2016, the winner was Gina from Glasgow.

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